Sunday, December 13, 2009

road trip - part 3

        Richfield to Memphis via I-40

We left Saturday morning for another 24 hour drive to Memphis. We took a different route.  We wanted to drive through some states we hadn't been to before (New Mexico and Texas, check!) and we wanted to avoid a snowstorm.
Matt did the majority of the driving. I only drove a little over an hour the first day on the way to Utah. He drove the rest. What a stud! 

It snowed the first few hours on the way home in Utah and Colorado.  The roads were snowy.  So we decided to change our route and drop in elevation even though the drive wouldn't be as mountainous.  That turned out to be a good thing because there were a hundred or so cows and a few cowboys right on the road we had planned to take to Durango, CO. That would have slowed us way down.  We drove through New Mexico...a first for both of us.  We snapped a lot of pictures from the car window.  It was a really pretty drive.  These pictures do not do it justice.

And we hopped out of the car a few times to take some photos of us in New Mexico.

We made it to Albuquerque just as the sun was setting. 

We really wanted to see the city since we're both interested in living there someday.  We liked what we saw from the highway.  Cool adobe type houses.  And it seemed like the city was clean (but I think the dry weather helps - no weeds).

We spent the night in Amarillo, Texas.  When the sun set in New Mexico it was mountainous.  But when we woke up in Texas, it was flat.

It was flat most of the second day.  We drove through Oklahoma and Arkansas again.  We stopped in Oklahoma City to take a picture with Willa in the city while we stopped for lunch.

I think it took a bit over 24 hours of drive time both ways.  It was a great trip. We saw some beautiful parts of country.

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