As we head north on Hwy 5 I’m feeling grateful for our wonderful trip, Glenn’s amazing ability to drive, Bessie, the RoadTrek from Aunt Donna and Uncle Gordon, our home away from home, and our abode in Sonoma County.

A quick look at the last couple of days:

Our first stop on our way west was the Chimayo Santuario where the dirt has healing powers. I rubbed some on my lower back and it hasn’t ached me for the last few days!

Two nights in Bandelier National Monument climbing the ladders of the ruins cured Glenn of his fear of heights.

The sunsets have been spectacular and the last two nights we saw several shooting stars.

Apparently it was the Taurid showers and next week will be the Leonid showers according to the Death Valley Gazette. After three very cold nights ( thank goodness I bought a bedspread in Taos) the warm night in DV thrilled us!

At the Homolovi State Park outside of Winslow we enjoyed a “Star Party” at the visitors center with homemade chili, cake and an inspiring talk about the meteor crater nearby.

Oh and here’s another out-of-sequence photo from Glenn’s camera of the Spence Hot Springs outside of Jemez Springs.

Hope you enjoyed our little journey. Thanks for following along!

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The ride along the Rio Grande Gorge is breathtaking this time of year. On our way to Michael and Kelly’s the Cottonwoods electrified the landscape.!Upon awakening the snowy landscape surprised and pleased us! Thank goodness Glenn and Michael had stacked the wood the day before!

We visited the Church of San Francisco de Asis, which Georgia O’Keefe had painted many times, with a colorful altar and lovely gift shop.

A heart puddle

One afternoon we walked the Gorge Bridge over the Rio Grande. Gorgeous!

Our first stop on the way to Santa Fe……standing on the corner…

There’s a town called Window Rock which I’ve always wanted to visit. I first learned of Window Rock from a children’s book about a Navajo weaver and her goat, Geraldine. The town was only 30 miles off the freeway and we are so happy we made the detour. I teared up when I saw it.

Our friend, Danny, lives in Rowe near a wonderful Pueblo ruin in Pecos, which we visited the day we arrived.

Our friend Danny is the guy who drove Glenn to NM in 1972 and he never left!

It’s been beautiful this week in Sedona. As we leave Cave Spring Campground this morning we notice the fall colors are already beginning to fade.

They glowed yesterday as we walked the West Fork trail.

We came upon two hearts which reminded Glenn and I of something we’d do while hiking with Maggie and Zoe when they were young.

Two of us would go ahead on the trail And leave markers like this or an initial of rocks or pine cones, pine needles or acorns. A sweet memory….

I’m sure we will return to Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona again in the near future.

It is so absolutely beautiful here and after our second day of hiking I have so much respect for those who maintain and build these amazing trails.

The stones are laid so expertly-many reminded me of the Roman Roads in Spain and Portugal.

Here are a few views:

This one below shows the pink Jeep that rides over these boulders-looks like the Cyclone Roller Coaster Ride!

And our hiking group today minus one.

It’s hard to see that there is a huge drop behind us.

Tonight we are off for a full moon hike!

When I turned 66 in 2016 I wanted to drive across the country on Route 66. After checking the map I realized it was too far north to travel in February. But this week finally I had my chance to experience the historic route from Needles to Kingman, Arizona. What a treat!

The sunset from our KOA Campsite on Route 66 in Needles, CA

Heading off the next morning

More desert beauty

Quirky town of Oatman where the miners left their donkeys and now they have taken over the town!

Arriving in Kingman in time for a burger at Mr. DZ’s diner!

Hello friends and family,

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post so I decided to chronicle our trip to Sedona, Arizona, a town I’ve never been to and have heard about for many years. Our journey includes a trip to Taos as well as other sights we haven’t seen.

We planned this trip with 4 other couples and unfortunately two couples had to cancel. We are meeting Scott and Sheila and Bob and Pam in Sedona tomorrow.

Glenn and I are traveling in Bessie. We drove to Tehachapi

yesterday arriving around 5.

We made several stops along the way for gas, tacos and of course, bathroom breaks. Eating Judy’s pimento cheese spread along the way added to

our enjoyment.

This morning we hiked up Mt. Tehachapi, a five mile, round trip, very steep adventure.

This sign set us straight so we headed back down.

Glenn and I made an agreement that we’d only drive 4 or 5 hours each day, stopping to see “another roadside attraction” as we encounter one.

So far today we came across a sweet little butcher shop where we purchased Beerwurst for dinner.

The desertscape is always so beautiful, lonely-looking and quiet.