Albuquerque, New Mexico to Gallup, New Mexico 3/23/2014

MARCH 23, 2014 (Sunday)

 

Moving day. We are going from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Gallup, New Mexico – about 150 miles. We can’t check in before 3:00 PM, so we thought we would go to breakfast at a place one of our great nieces in Oregon told us about. She used to live in Albuquerque and said it had great breakfast burritos. It’s at a Giant Gas Station about five miles away. We got there only to find out it was closed on Sundays. Also, the lady, Miss Teresa, that had been there almost twenty years was retiring in July. Our niece and her daughters were bummed to hear that. We did get gas while we at the Giant Gas Station ($3.32 gallon).

Giant Gas, aka Conoco.

Giant Gas, aka Conoco.

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It is located on golf course drive.

It is located on Golf Course Drive.

It was a fill up.

It was a fill up.

We went inside to buy the much heralded breakfast burrito with green sauce only to find they are closed on Sundays.

We went inside to buy the much heralded breakfast burrito with green sauce only to find they are closed on Sundays.

The lady at the counter told us to be sure to come back because Miss Teresa, after 18 years of cooking here, is retiring in July.

The lady at the counter told us to be sure to come back because Miss Teresa, after 18 years of cooking here, is retiring in July.

We left and drove down the street to a Subway. Michael and Lexi got a Subway sandwich and I went around the corner to Starbucks. We all got something to drink but I also got a little breakfast pizza thing that was quite good. We drove by the petroglyphs so Lexi could at least see where they were.

Lex and I like the flatbread breakfast sandwich.

Lex and I like the flatbread breakfast sandwich.

We all had a cup of coffee.

We all had a cup of coffee.

We said our goodbyes to Albuquerque and hit the road.

On the road.  It got greener as we headed west.

On the road. It got greener as we headed west.

On the road again.

On the road again.

As we headed west the rocks started getting interesting.

As we headed west the rocks started getting interesting.

Interesting land forms.

Interesting land forms.

I think a 1967 Nova.

I think a 1967 Nova.

Edie is fascinated with cliff dwellers.

Edie is fascinated with cliff dwellers.

Which might explain her desire to live in a big city on the 13th or higher floor.

Which might explain her desire to live in a big city on the 13th or higher floor.

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Great rock formations.

Great rock formations.

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Welcome to Arizona sign.

Welcome to Arizona sign.

Life among the rocks.

Life among the rocks.

 

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Our first stop was Window Rock, Arizona. Window Rock is a place Michael knew from when he taught school in Ganado, Arizona. We got to talking to a lady in the parking lot who was selling Navajo jewelry she made. (Lexi ended up getting a pair of earrings for a friend of hers). The lady said she used to live in Salinas, CA. Small world. We asked her about Fort Defiance (because we were thinking of going there after Window Rock). She said nothing was there any more, not worth the trip. Saved us time and energy. We enjoyed walking around the grounds of Window Rock and looking at the Navajo Nation buildings. Very lovely and interesting.  Also fascinating was the dedication to the fallen Navajo soldiers of the various wars.  Many of the last names had lost multiple relatives.

Our first view of Window Rock.

Our first view of Window Rock.

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At the park.

At the park.

Looking backward out of the park.

Looking backward out of the park.

 

Tribute to the USMC Navajo Code Talkers from WWII.  There were over 400 of them.

Tribute to the USMC Navajo Code Talkers from WWII. There were over 400 of them.

More of their story.

More of their story.

Beautiful stone and wood work.

Beautiful stone and wood work.

Climbers on the top.

Climbers on the top.

Zoomed in.

Zoomed in.

Pretty desert grounds.

Pretty desert grounds.

Pretty woman doing her thing for strangers.

Pretty woman doing her thing for strangers.

 

They wanted to return the favor.

They wanted to return the favor.

With both camera's.

With both camera’s.

 

Zoom out.

Zoom out.

 

Zoom in and see hikers.

Zoom in and see hikers.

 

Navajo Nation Government buildings are just outside the park.

Navajo Nation Government buildings are just outside the park.

Beautiful doors.

Beautiful doors.

Headed out of the Park.

Headed out of the Park.

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Prairie dog.

Prairie dog.

Headed back to Gallup.

Headed back to Gallup.

For me, it is like all the Hogans have disappeared.

For me, it is like all the Hogans have disappeared.

Around 3:00 PM, we checked into our hotel. This Red Roof Inn is much nicer than the one in Albuquerque, and the bed is more comfortable. Lexi is going to go out and get our dinner later (KFC).

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Continental Breakfast area, I spy waffles.

Continental breakfast area, I spy waffles.

Standard room, starting to really look forward to Vegas and a two bedroom place.

Standard room, starting to really look forward to Vegas and a two bedroom place.

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Nicer bathroom than the last place.

Nicer bathroom than the last place.

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That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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