We made plans several months ago for the trip we are on now.
We drove 11 hours bypassing the freeway on two lane highways and small towns from Lansing to Pueblo, Colo. The next morning we had breakfast with cousins that we had not seen for a long time. Then we headed south to Santa Fe, N.M., where we stayed three nights. We visited every art gallery on Canyon Road that time and energy allowed. There is so much variety to look at and study. All the gallery owners were so helpful and friendly. One gallery was especially interesting in that every piece was entirely made of glass. The sculpture gardens were exceptional and I learned a lot just studying the pieces there.
We then went south to Albuquerque for an overnight stay with our bridesmaid and her husband. The next day, Saturday, we went south to Highway 60, where we turned went through the mountains.
At Show Low, Ariz., we took Highway 87 all the way to Phoenix. We went through the Continental Divide and saw the most beautiful scenery all the way. The weather was perfect with blue skies filled with fleecy white clouds and about 70 degrees. We passed green shadowy mogul-like mountains that sort of took our breath away. A totally different story when we hit Phoenix and the temperature was 100 and the traffic heavy.
We have learned a lot over the years while traveling. The first and most important thing is using the mile markers to our advantage. They go from border to border and tell you exactly where you are. If by chance you need to report an accident or are having car trouble, the first question asked would probably be where are you located and on what highway. Another important thing to check on is the price of gas. It is always higher in remote areas, in big cities or in the mountain resort areas.
Yesterday we visited Bill and Frances Graham Young in Sun City. Frances was a longtime Lansing resident and was city clerk for one the early city councils. She says "hi" to all her old friends in Lansing.