Route 66 in New Mexico

A few shots from the New Mexico part of our Route 66 trip:

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An old friend: The Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 in Tucumcari, N.M.

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One of the roses in the extensive gardens at El Rey Inn, Santa Fe, N.M. This was the first time in several years that we’d had a chance to do the Santa Fe Loop, which was bypassed in the 1930s.

elreydoor

Not a great shot (I hate using the internal strobe on my Rebel), but I wanted to remember the painting around the door frame. I think it would be cool to do something similar at our house.

bluewater

I’m not sure why, but I always look forward to passing through Bluewater and seeing this sign.

whiting

Ghosts of a long-gone era.

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El Rancho Hotel in Gallup: Home of the stars, featuring the “Charm of Yesterday … Convenience of Tomorrow.” We stopped here on the way back to Tulsa. It’s a great old hotel.

Speaking of stars and bygone eras, I am thinking about getting a shag haircut just to protest the fact that Farrah Fawcett’s passing has been largely overlooked amid the media circus surrounding Michael Jackson’s Elvisian departure. I don’t mean to take anything away from the King of Pop, but answer me this: Was he ever one of Charlie’s Angels?

I rest my case.

Emily

P.S.: Ron has named the kitten “Walter,” as in Payton. I think that may be the best cat name I’ve ever heard.