The final day of our trip dawned cool and sunny (I do love the desert in winter), and the only driving on the agenda was a quick visit to a gluten free bakery a couple of miles down the road from our hotel.
The sixth day of our trip began with an epic breakfast in the Strater’s beautiful mahogany dining room, then it was back on the road for a long day of driving.
In a radical departure from the roadtrip ethos, we didn’t actually get in the car at all today. Instead we wandered rather aimlessly around Durango, checking out a good selection of attractive independent shops and cafes as we went. Continue reading
For the first three days of this trip we found ourselves following a fairly set routine. We’d get up and be on the road in good time, have a fairly lengthy morning driving and sight-seeing, eat a large late lunch, visit another site, drive on to our motel, and finish the day with some snacks in our room whilst checking email, reading and watching Food Network. Today, however, we only had one attraction on the itinerary, our final destination was a mere 46 miles away, and for the first time we were going to be staying in a town we actually wanted to visit instead of it being simply a convenient place to break the journey. Continue reading
Today began with the best breakfast of the trip so far – a hearty cooked meal at the restaurant, Hogan’s, adjacent to our hotel. Tom had a plentiful portion of biscuits and sausage gravy, whilst I stuck with the tried-and-tested combination of fried eggs, bacon and potatoes. Then we had a quick look around the local trading post, and a very interesting exhibit about WWII Navajo code talkers, before getting on the road.
Today’s first stop was the Petrified Forest National Park, a little under an hour’s drive west of Gallup. The first thing we discovered was that it is really two quite distinct parks, which we supposed had been bundled together for geographical convenience. It wasn’t that this mattered much, but it did mean that the visit was a lot more involved than we’d first expected. Continue reading
The plan for our latest trip morphed from a pleasant diversion on the way to a conference in Las Vegas into a 1000 mile circular roadtrip through New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Each day brought all kinds of new and interesting things to see, I ended up writing a blog post each day so we didn’t forget anything, and of course we took far too many photographs of it all. This is day 1 of 7, so consider yourself duly warned…!