In July 2009 (this year) I left my beloved California and moved to Pennsylvania. I wrote about leaving California in my blog post “Leaving My California” – https://amarez.com/2009/07/19/leaving-my-california/
My first travel post describes my journey from California to Sedona – https://amarez.com/2009/12/05/my-journey-california-to-pennsylvania-july-2009-part-1-of-3-from-california-to-sedona/. After Sedona, I drove east to Santa Fe, New Mexico, continuing my journey to Pennsylvania. I’m including my tweets (twitter posts), from that time.
July 22, 2009. Rolled into Santa Fe several hours ago. Hotel is great. Will explore tomorrow.
July 22, 2009. Note to self – drive from Sedona to Santa Fe, while spectacular, is rather long.
July 23, 2009. Santa Fe – having green chili chicken tamales for dinner. Does it get any better than that? Santa Fe is a great place.
Downtown Santa Fe is small and very walkable. Given the consistency of the architecture, one is tempted to think it’s too cute, too contrived, but it’s not, really. Everything seems to fit. Given the high elevation, it’s very comfortable in summer, though I made sure to drink plenty of water. It was nice to just wander around. I want to come back.
After Sedona and Santa Fe, I had no specific places I wanted to see. I took the most direct highway route northeast.
This is from a highway rest stop, the Llano Estacado, or “Staked Plain”, a large mesa straddling New Mexico and Texas. A “mesa” is an elevated area of land with a flat top and steep sides (thanks to wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesa, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llano_Estacado). The sense of distance was amazing.
July 24, 2009. In Amarillo for the night. Listened to a really good alternative music station on the way into town. Swam in the hotel pool.
July 25, 2009. Light travel day. I’m in Oklahoma.
July 26, 2009 (posted this tweet after I left Oklahoma). Favorite highway sign on I44 east – Oklahoma area – do not drive into smoke. What kind of fires do they have in Oklahoma?
In Oklahoma, I ended up briefly on Route 66, the famous US highway which ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, started in 1926, paving completed in 1938. (http://www.legendsofamerica.com/66-Mainpage.html) I stopped at a fantastic commemorative rest stop. You can also see views of the Oklahoma plains.
In my next blog post, I head on to Missouri.