See the gigantic pile of snow in the far corner??
We woke up yesterday in NM and got on the road fairly early. We were really afraid of this snowstorm we kept hearing about, but really we only came through one really bad patch for about 20 minutes, then it was sunny. The snow would come and go though...one minute the sky was dark and the snow was falling. The next it was gorgeous, blue sky and the sun was hot beating in the car on you. I guess that's the desert for you.
New Mexico was really, really beautiful. It's really a cross between the desert and the mountins. One side it's nothing but flat brush land, and the other is snowcapped mountains. Simply gorgeous.
Don't know if you can really see the mountains in this last one but it was amazing.
We stopped in Albuquerque at a KFC/Taco Bell combined restaurant to grab a quick lunch. I stuck out like a sore thumb here with blonde hair. Seems the population of Albuquerque is a Latino/Native American crossbreed.
While I was getting my drink from the self serve fountain this homeless lady came up, put her arm around me, and asked for money so she and the other lady with her could get back downtown. Now...I only had a 20 on me so she wasn't getting that anyway, but it was hard to feel bad for her when they had an entire table full of KFC food. So, I politely said I didn't have anything to give and she walked away. Sure enough, every new person who came in the door she went to them asking for money. I was really surprised management was letting her do it and sure enough, someone went and told on her and this teenage manager had to come kick them out. I don't really like being asked for money, but I specifically don't like them touching me then asking for money. Especially when you haven't showered in God knows how long.
We got into Arizona and stopped at The Continental Divide. Honestly, it was a pretty picture, but eh...
Next stop was The Petrified Forest. This has been my favorite so far. There were all these points to stop and look out over the painted desert, which was breathtaking.
I didn't even take pictures of the petrified wood because to me it just wasn't very interesting and it just looked like old stumps lying around everywhere. Alex took a few though.
After that, we came into Flagstaff, ate at a Mexican joint, then found a hotel and crashed. Today we're supposed to do The Grand Canyon and Vegas but Alex is sick so we'll see what happens.