I woke up around 6am and the scenery had really changed.
We were now in New Mexico! I was rather excited to see the desert and felt like we were finally getting closer. To my dismay the drive through New Mexico was boring and I hated every minute of it! But the kids continued to sleep as you can see by the picture to the right!
We were ready to get some breakfast and decided Santa Fe would be the best place to stop since every town in New Mexico was small, run down, and dirty. Santa Fe was not much better. Most people either live in Adobe houses that are falling apart or trailer parks. I really miss grass as this point and I am hoping that Arizona will not disappoint. We had breakfast and cleaned up a bit in Santa Fe at the IHOP. It was great food but a short stop as we had to keep moving because we needed to make it to Phoenix by afternoon.
Below are a few pictures of New Mexico. The one on the right is of Indians who set up shacks along the road to sell stuff out of. Route 66
Around 11:00 we hit the famous Route 66 in New Mexico.
I snapped a picture of a casino along the Hwy. We did not actually drive on Route 66 but passed under the road. Still a nice thing to see. However I think Route 66 is a rather boring road to take but some find it interesting! I have been told that you must know where you are going to take Route 66 because it is no longer marked Route 66. Arizona....FINALLY :)
We finally reached Arizona around 1:00 pm and I am ECSTATIC! We pulled over at the rest area/travel center and were able to get a family picture by the Arizona state line sign. The travel center was a great place to get information about things to see and do around Arizona and we spent about an hour here. We also made some sandwiches and had some lunch before continuing on to Phoenix. I thought the drive would be much shorter now but after being in the car for almost 24 hours and feeling sleep deprived we are starting to get restless.
My next question was" where are all the cactus?" I thought we would have seem hundreds by now but not a single one was spotted! So to pass time we were cactus hunting! However it was about 2 more hours before one was spotted.
And here it is the first cactus which turned out to be one of 10,000 we have seen since! The kids were fascinated with them! After spotting this cactus we had about an hour and a half of driving before we finally reached Phoenix. And when we did I was shocked to see.....PALM TREES!
I guess I never knew that they grew in Arizona but it makes the landscaping just gorgeous. I am loving Arizona much more than New Mexico! Uncle Roger and Aunt Ellen's Phoenix, AZ
We are staying in my husband's Aunt and Uncle's guest house for part of our trip. On top of giving us the guest house they allowed the kids to spend endless hours swimming in the pool. Which of course was the first thing they felt they needed to do. We enjoyed a nice relaxing evening swimming, visiting, and grilling burgers and hot dogs.
We are all messed up with the time change and even though we were sleep deprived we struggled to fall asleep.