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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Land Of Enchantment

We are due to arrive in Arizona for my Husband’s job by the 18th. We’ve travelled from Virginia through 9 states (10 counting VA) so far and we’ve got lovely New Mexico and Arizona left to tackle. We were lucky enough to have the privilege of spending a couple days with family in Atlanta, GA and we spent about a week with family and friends in Colorado Springs, CO.

There fortunately isn’t much to report about our drive through this magical state. It was a lovely, scenic and…lucky for us, uneventful trip. We just took in the gorgeous sights along our way. We passed through Santa Fe just after sunset. I was a little bummed about that because I’ve visited there before, Senior year of High School, and it is a wonderful city! I was hoping to spend the night there, actually, but we just kept on truckin’ and arrived in Albuquerque around 9pm. We decided to spend the night there.

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That’s Albuquerque in the background.

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We ate dinner at the Flying J Denny’s, but Cindy slept the entire way through it. She was so tired. She awoke right as we were getting the to-go boxes for her food. We spent the night at a quaint little place called American RV park. It was just a couple minutes up the road from there. Once we pulled in and got set up for the night, she ate her dinner and they were both sound asleep minutes later in their cozy, warm beds. (One of the best parts about RVing, is that you always have your HOME and therefore your BED with you. Getting a good night’s sleep is never an issue!)

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Better get used to seeing these guys…

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The following morning, Cindy and I awoke early to take some pictures of the sunrise. It was a glorious sight and set the tone for the remainder of our drive. Peaceful, breathtaking and memorable. The Full Moon was still out even.

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By precisely 8am, we were on the road again…we’re Phoenix bound baby!

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For some reason, I really enjoyed photographing this train. I really am not sure why.

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Here’s the good ol’ California Zephyr Amtrak train. I practically grew up on this very train!!! I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve ridden it to Chicago from the small town I grew up in as a child…

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Lunch break and a potty break for the kitties. Another perk of RVing. Our kitchen is always with us. Time for some yummy homemade sandwiches and a bathroom break (in my own friggin’ bathroom-not some scary gas station one) before we hit the road again.

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Nothing but us, and the road ahead. It’s such a liberating sensation to know that…

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No, we didn’t stop to shop. We were on a deadline and exhausted from our long drive. With just seconds left until we cross into Arizona…we just wanted to make the home stretch to Phoenix before nightfall.

I love New Mexico. It’s so gorgeous and there’s lots of cool places to shop with awesome one of a kind stuff to buy. Not to mention the fact that it’s closer to our family and friends in Colorado. Maybe we’ll get send there next? Who knows…

We have just a few hours left to go…stayed tuned for the remainder of our journey from Virginia to Arizona!

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