OUR ROAD TRIP, STAGE 1 (Oct 1-2): SCOTTSDALE-PAYSON-HOLBROOK-ALBURQUERQUE-TAMAYA
Our first day on the road was also the longest. We started early and made it to Holbrook (AZ) by late morning. Our drive up and over the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment of over 7,000 ft elevation in north-central Arizona, was very scenic.
We stopped in Holbrook to look at an incredible selection of petrified wood. And just as well. Because we soon found out that the Petrified Wood National Park was closed. Today was the first day of the federal government shutdown.
We reached this gate only to turn around and drive back to Holbrook so as to get on the I-40.
The rest of our drive to New Mexico was long but uneventful. We stopped at one of the trading posts near the Continental Divide where I bought a pair of new moccasins. I have not worn one of those in decades. But they felt so comfortable that I immediately put them on. And Elizabeth got a beautiful turquoise necklace as a gift, her birthstone. You can see her wearing it in the header picture.
Above are some of the interesting views from our I-40 drive.
We got to Albuquerque at the height of the rush hour. We decided to press on and see if we can find the Tamaya Resort. It lies in the middle of the desert on the banks of Rio Grande, about 30 miles northwest of Albuquerque. I have not been there since 2002 (see My Weekend with Legacy). And Elizabeth has never visited this beautiful place. Somehow, going by 11-year old memory and without using a map, we managed to find it. Or more accurately, we allowed Tamaya to find us. 🙂
By the time we checked in and walked around, it was close to sunset. The colors of the Sandia Mountains that tower over Alburquerque were beautiful. Take a look…
DAY 2: EXPLORING TAMAYA RESORT, RIO GRANDE RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD
After breakfast, we went for a long walk through the Cottonwoods (trees) that grow on the banks of the Rio Grande. The leaves were sparkling. The lighting was magnificent. Take a look…
And then. in late morning, we set off for a short drive to Santa Fe.