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On the Mother Road :: Part 6

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Good morning, Tucumcari!

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Can you spot the little lizard?

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Outside of Tucumcari we stopped at an old swimming pool.

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Broken down.

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Wilkerson’s.

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Church in Cuervo, NM.

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Old 66. What a view!

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The road REALLY deteriorated. The Yaris is pretty much an ATV.

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We were way out in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t pass one car. At one point we stopped and turned the car off. You could literally just hear the wind. Nothing else. Those kinds of experiences make you love life and the ability to travel!

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We had beautiful weather while on this road.

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Trust someone, Little Robot.

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About an hour after exiting that gravel 66 road we encountered some hail!

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There were some incredible downpours throughout the day in this part of New Mexico. Look at that water!

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Pecos National Historic Park…and some rather threatening clouds.

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You could actually use the ladder and step down into the kiva.

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Inside! It was so cool underground.

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Ruins.

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There was some construction going on around the ruins. I think they were (hopefully) trying to restore more parts of the ruins.

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Note the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background.

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Blooms.

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I was on snake patrol. But I only saw some red ants.

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Lovely colors!

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We also visited Glorietta Pass Battlefield which is close to the Pecos ruins.

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St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe!

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Santa Fe is littered with beautiful buildings.

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I really wanted to buy one of these cute little bunnies! They were $80 a piece though, so I just settled for a photograph.

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We hiked La Bajada in New Mexico. This is a famous Route 66 road.

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Morning on La Bajada.

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Madonna of the Trail in Albuquerque, NM!

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The Desert Sands Motor Hotel.

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Gorgeous!

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We were in Albuquerque on July 4th. Fei’s Cafe is a vegan cafe that was sadly closed for the Fourth.

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But Mint Tulip was open! This was our first time visiting Mint Tulip. We had lunch and then ice cream. And then we went back later for milkshakes. Oh my! Vegan goodness galore!

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Albuquerque had a big fireworks display that we stayed for. We also had some fries and corn on the cob.

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You could see storms rolling in as night approached. Check out the lightning!

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Happy 4th!

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It started to rain right before the fireworks display started. People started to scream and run. I guess people in Albuquerque aren’t used to the rain.

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Eric and I crawled under a picnic table to watch the fireworks while not getting wet!

In the morning I spotted that nasty little critter when we packed up the tent. OMG gross. Go away little guy!

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We ended 2012 on a wonderful note!

The past two or three years have been quite meh for me. 2011 was the worst. Ever. 2012 made up for that and then some!  We traveled so much.  Camped more than we ever have.  Cooked more, and different, meals at home, and just had a great year together in general.  Yesterday we drove north to Bellingham, WA for a final day of photo taking and food in 2012.  Ok, so we mostly drove an hour north to get a tofu sandwich at the best co-op I’ve ever been to, but we still had fun along the way!

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This little turnout is on Chuckanut Drive. The narrow road winds along the sound with fun views of the water. It was along this road that we walked to the beach where we saw the purple starfish earlier this year.

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A winter day near Puget Sound.

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We pulled over here to snap a photo of something across the road, but we noticed a plaque on the rock.

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Dedicated to the memory of Governor Lister by the Ladies Improvement Club of Edison, Washington.

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Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, WA. We were there before to check out their sculpture park. Eric found out that they also have an arboretum you can drive through. This canopy of trees greeted us as we started on the drive!

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There was a parking lot at the top of the hill. There was also a tunnel and an observation tower. Both sounded like fun so even though it was cold and flurrying and went for the short hike.

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I love the moss on the trees in Washington.

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The tunnel was originally made for cars!

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Made in 1923.

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Eric is document the location of the photos he took with his Polaroid Land Camera.

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And there’s our observation tower!

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The view from the top wasn’t all that spectacular. It was cloudy and foggy, but I’m sure in the summer there’s a much better view!

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On our way back to the car we walked through the tunnel. This was the other side. Note the clearance sign at the top of the tunnel.

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There’s some of that lush moss I was talking about.

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And the reason…one of the reasons…for driving to Bellingham! I know it doesn’t look like much, but this is one of the best things I’ve ever consumed! I think we need to try to make these at home. They soak their tofu in tamari and ginger. There’s also lettuce, tomatoes, mustard and vegenaise on there. SO GOOD!

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The co-op also makes these massive vegan truffles. We bought four of them so we could eat them today too! I found a pretty good recipe for truffles that I want to try very soon!

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We drove around the city taking photos for a bit while the sun was out…a rare sighting this time of year! There’s an antique shop that we always stop at in Bellingham too. I found this goofy little wall hanging with a real photo background and two plastic deer with a tree. I loved it so it came home with me.

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In Seattle, at midnight on New Years Eve, fireworks are set off from the Space Needle. About 8 minutes worth of fireworks are strapped to the needle and they are synchronised with music. One of the local news stations airs the fireworks so you can actually watch them from the comfort of your own couch. We popped open a bottle of sparking apple-grape cider around 7pm and we were in bed by 9pm. BUT we set our alarms for 11:50pm so we could get up and watch the fireworks. We had our kiss at midnight and promptly went back to our warm bed!

Happy New Year to you!  How did you celebrate the new year?

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new year’s eve with friends, food, and fireworks!

last night i spent the last few hours of 2009 with some of my favorite people, ate some amazing homemade “turkey,” that jaime made for us, and eric and i rang in the new year at gasworks park overlooking seattle and watching fireworks from the space needle!

i posted the photos from last night below, but here’s a video that someone took at the space needle last night. this is apparently what we would have seen if the city hadn’t been covered in fog! there’s some music to go along with the fireworks display too! i’m surprised at the amount of explosives they’re allowed to set off from the needle too. some, i guess lucky, people are in the needle while the fireworks are going off!

oh!! and arkaedi turned two years old today! happy birthday arkaedi! we’re going over to the barkers this afternoon for a birthday celebration. i’m sure there will be more photos!

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happy 4th of july seattle!

p1060174eric and i ventured down to gas works park last night to watch the fireworks. we were there with half of the city. it was packed! gas works park is pretty much the best place to view the fireworks. they set them off from a barge in the middle of lake union. pretty fun!

i’m happy we went to the lake last night. we debated it, and didn’t really like the idea of being around half of the city, but we sucked it up and fought our way through the crowds to find a spot for firework viewing.

i think i’d like to see the display again next year!!

eric was kind enough to upload the photos from last night for us too!

here are the fireworks from last night. someone uploaded the video in three parts. thanks!

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