7/15/13

Our Mini-Vacay!

Hey everyone!  Hope y'all have had a great weekend and are looking forward to a fun and productive week.  I finally got my pictures edited from our little mini vacation during the 4th of July week.  We took a little roadtrip to New Mexico.  We typically prefer to travel the backroads or scenic routes rather than taking the freeways, and we did just that.

Even after 28 years here in Arizona, there are still places we haven't seen, so the first part of our trip took us to Springerville-Eager -- don't try to separate these two little bitty towns, because even together they are only wide spots in the road!  But.....the scenery is beautiful and the people are very friendly.  We spent the night in Eager so we could do some driving around and visit some of the many lakes.  I thought it would be less boring if I put the pics into collages, & remember, you can click on any of these pics to make them larger.
1. The first thing that tugged at my heart was the fire damage.
2. We were between 7,000 & 8,000 ft. elevation.
3. This was Big Lake -- a very peaceful setting.
4. Lots of cattle
5. This may have been Small Lake -- just kidding!
6. Another body of water for fishing.


About 20 miles further into the mountains is Alpine.  Tourists go here for fishing, hiking, maybe hunting (don't know), & simply relaxing -- no cell service or internet here!
1. Very rustic and old cabins -- I was thinking "NO!"
2. This was the sweetest little flowering ground cover.
3.  Lots of lakes - just sayin'.
4. Is this little guy just the cutest -- let me get very close!
5. Bear Wallow Cafe had been there for a VERY long time!
6. Was once a gorgeous home built with river rock.
7. New cabins, fully equipped -- might be a possibility...hmmm? 


 We took a scenic route into New Mexico.  
1. The Man and I were both fascinated with these mountains.
2. Fantastic rock formations
3. Lots of deer
4. San Jose de Gracia, est. 1751 in the village of Las Trampas.
5. This was called Garden of the Gods
6. Another view -- this was on the Turquoise Trail


Santa Fe -- the old downtown plaza
1. Getting ready for the 4th of July
2. Love the light posts and hanging baskets
3. Aren't these gorgeous?
4. St. Francis Cathedral was built between 1869 & 1886.
5. Turquoise trim is symbolic for the stone, the sky & the 
green vegetation showing wealth & calm.
6. A neat little walkway to some shops.

We spent quite a bit of time driving on the Turquoise Trail, and discovered this little town of Cerrillos, est. in 1880 as a mining town.  The population is about 200.  This was like stepping back in time.   People are still living and eeking out a living in some of these old buildings.
1. & 2. The main street
3. The What Not Antique Shop -- we went in carrying the camera
but the owner made it very clear we could not snap any photos.
We looked around a little bit, but between high prices, 
2" of dust & cobwebs & the owner puffing away on a 
cigarette, we didn't stay very long.
4. Old adobe building
5. Thank God no one was actually living in this.
6. Another old adobe house -- very hard to see because of all the
underbrush.

We traveled through Albuquerque, then Holbrook & Payson coming home.  
1. This was a memory from my childhood.  We traveled from Louisiana to Oregon when I was 7 or 8, and I remember this old
Wigwam Motel.  I wanted to stay in it so badly, but it was 
too expensive for our family at the time.
2. These were located in Holbrook, AZ & were built in the 1950's.  It's all part of the historical Route 66 now.
3. This was in Albuquerque, and I just thought it was unusual.
4. Started seeing some wicked-looking clouds in the afternoon.
5. Not long until those clouds opened up and dumped on us!

Payson, AZ was our last stop on the way home, and we stopped in to check out a cute little scrapbook store called Paper & Metal Scrappers.  It was raining so I didn't get a pic, but it is just darling. Since Payson is only 90 minutes away and 30 degrees cooler, we will be going again.  Even with all of the big stores around that carry scrapbook supplies, there is just something so special about the small, privately owned stores.


Well, that is a wrap for our mini-vacay.  We had fun, got out of the heat for awhile and got to see lots of new things.  As Martha would say, "It's a good thing."  Thanks for visiting and please come again very soon.  You are always welcome here!



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12 comments:

Maria Elena said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful outing! How fun!

Joani said...

A marvelous outing and Santa Fe is always beautiful. Plus, being out of the heat is an extra plus.

Traci said...

Great pictures! It looks like it was a fun getaway.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

These are great pics! Sounds like y'all had a great time. My mom took my boys to a wigwam motel once and they loved it. If I could only drive 90 min. to get 30 degrees cooler, I'd do it pretty often too. :) Have a great week!

Poppy said...

Hi Carol,

Big Lake and Santa Fe seem so inviting from your lovely pics! Forest fires happen here in Greece, too, and it breaks my heart each time!! Thanks for sharing the highlights of your fun vacation!

Poppy

Jennifer said...

It looks like such a nice trip. I waved to you as you passed by, retroactively. :)

Feral Turtle said...

Great photos. What an awesome trip you must have had. Funny that the cigarette smoking salesperson wouldn't want you to snap photos. Free advertising for her???

Cindy Cain said...

It look like you had a super trip. I too, live in Arizona. I just happened upon your blog today and thought I'd say hi - I always enjoy meeting new bloggers, especially when then live nearby. Do you happen to live in the Phoenix area or elsewhere in this beautiful state? Hope to meet you one day :)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Great vacation, it looks like an awesome place to visit! Arizona is a beautiful state! Have fun my friend and enjoy your Summer. Thank you for coming and for the sweet and kind comment. Enjoy your Summer.
FABBY

Shelia Williamson said...

Oh, you must have had a wonderful trip! We lived in New Mexico for 10 years and just loved it!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Hi Carol, I had no idea it was so pretty in that part of the world. My friend's husband who is there now will be leaving in August, and she is suppose to fly out and see Arizona before he leaves for good. Now....I would have had to have found a way to bring that little donkey??? back home with me. What a doll!

Lady of the Manor said...

I love the Southwest. Your pictures show that you had a great vacation!

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