IMG_2514 Elizabeth on balcony of our room at Tamaya Resort, northwest of Albuquerque


Our first day on the road was also the longest. We started early and made it to Holbrook (AZ) by late morning. Our drive up and over the Mogollon Rim, an escarpment of over 7,000 ft elevation in north-central Arizona, was very scenic.

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We stopped in Holbrook to look at an incredible selection of petrified wood. And just as well. Because we soon found out that the Petrified Wood National Park was closed. Today was the first day of the federal government shutdown.


We reached this gate only to turn around and drive back to Holbrook so as to get on the I-40.

The rest of our drive to New Mexico was long but uneventful. We stopped at one of the trading posts near the Continental Divide where I bought a pair of new moccasins. I have not worn one of those in decades. But they felt so comfortable that I immediately put them on. And Elizabeth got a beautiful turquoise necklace as a gift, her birthstone. You can see her wearing it in the header picture.

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Above are some of the interesting views from our I-40 drive.

We got to Albuquerque at the height of the rush hour. We decided to press on and see if we can find the Tamaya Resort. It lies in the middle of the desert on the banks of Rio Grande, about 30 miles northwest of Albuquerque. I have not been there since 2002 (see My Weekend with Legacy). And Elizabeth has never visited this beautiful place. Somehow, going by 11-year old memory and without using a map, we managed to find it. Or more accurately, we allowed Tamaya to find us. 🙂

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By the time we checked in and walked around, it was close to sunset. The colors of the Sandia Mountains that tower over Alburquerque were beautiful. Take a look…

IMG_2520 IMG_2524And then fast-forwarding to the next morning (Oct 2), you enjoy the same scenery in a different light.


After breakfast, we went for a long walk through the Cottonwoods (trees) that grow on the banks of the Rio Grande. The leaves were sparkling. The lighting was magnificent. Take a look…

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And then. in late morning, we set off for a short drive to Santa Fe.

Author: ALTZAR

Bob Altzar Djurdjevic is a writer, musician, video maker, thrice-ordained Inca-shaman, geopolitical commentator, business analyst, playwright-producer... He is also founder of non-profit organizations Stewards of the Earth (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiastewards) and Truth in Media (https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthinmedia.org/) ALTZAR shares his time between Maui, Hawaii and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can follow his blog at http://djurdjevic.wordpress.com/ and his travelogues at https://yinyangbob.wordpress.com/). Bob had also worked as a business consultant and advisor to top executives of large multinational computer companies for 36 years (1978-2014). He had spent 8 years working for IBM prior to starting his own business in 1978.

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