On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

Balloon Fiesta in ALbuquerque





part of Painted Desert

Painted Desert Inn

1 0f 3 original paintings


1932 Studebaker where Route 66 cut through the park


ancestral Pueblan home

Newspaper Rock - 650 petroglyphs on the rocks

Blue Mesa - colorful geology



Agate Bridge

Jasper Forest - high concentration of petrified wood




I took a "long cut" from Santa Rosa to Show Low. The balloon fiesta started in Albuquerque today so I couldn't resist driving by for a look see. It was worth the detour. At one point two balloons were right over my head. Beautiful colors all over the sky.

The long cut was through the Petrified Forest. I hadn't been there since Tom and I took the boys in 1979. I forgot how interesting this National Park is and I am glad I went. I will enjoy looking at my pictures for a long time to come.

The main street in Show Low is called Deuce of Clubs. I thought that odd and made inquiries. Apparently the town took it's name from a winning hand in a poker game between a Native American scout, Croyden Cooley and his friend, Marion Clark. The deuce of clubs was the winning card.

Tomorrow I will be back in the RV. Hope there won't be any issues after a long storage.

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