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).
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.
We said our goodbyes to Albuquerque and hit the road.
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.
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).
That was our day. Hope yours was great!