Friday, we drove through Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle and into New Mexico. We passed cotton flowering. They seemed like little bolls, but what do I know? We did make one stop in Texas, to have a chicken fried steak lunch at a small restaurant that we found on the road. Can’t travel this part of the country and not have chicken fried steak!
We arrived in Edgewood, NM around 6 p.m. This was really our final destination on our journey. My college friend, Vicky, just moved to Edgewood from Vancouver, WA and we wanted to visit and see her new house. She, her daughter Kimberley, and Kimberley’s twin boys are living in a lovely New Mexico style home in Edgewood. Kim made us a delicious dinner and we had a wonderful visit. Vicky had a plethora of points at the local Comfort Inn and treated us to our second to the last night on the road. In the morning, we met to have a delicious New Mexico style breakfast. Kathy finally got her Christmas style huevos rancheros and Vicky and I both had chili rellenos and fried eggs covered in green chili. YUMMMMY!!!
We were on the road by 10 and planned to make it to Flagstaff for our last night on the road, but we made such good time that we made it to Kingman, AZ. After a good night’s sleep, we hit the road and drove straight home, making it by 2:30 in the afternoon. Sierra Madre had never looked so good. The cottonwoods in the California desert were changing colors, too. Few photos the last few days. We were in a hurry to be home and to visit the people we were seeing. So here is a shot:
This first retirement journey by the Wild Wandering Women was blessed with good fortune. We had no car trouble, no accidents, no one got sick or seriously injured, and everyone we met on the road was delightful. No curmudgeons or sourpusses!! We made contact with old friends and relatives that we haven’t seen in ages. We fully understand what a beautiful country we live and how fortunate we are to be Americans. Despite all of our differences, most of us are good people, kind, thoughtful and want to do the right thing. We made sure that we were home in time to vote as this is such a privilege in this world we live in.
Things that surprised us include how much open space there still is in the US. As people who have lived in cities or suburbs all our lives, it’s easy to forget that not everyone lives this way. I was blown away by the colors of the leaves changing, we really don’t see that in Southern California. We were both impressed by how much forest there still is on the east coast. We are spoiled in California by the produce and plenty that we have and were surprised that this isn’t true through out the country. There are still places that live and eat much more seasonally than we do, salads, fresh vegetables and fruits are not always available. I think that we both discovered that we are truly California people. We love visiting other places, but we want to live in Southern California. As the weather turned to fall, and the temps were in the 40’s people kept talking about how wonderful the fall weather was. We were freezing–it was as cold as it gets in the middle of the winter in SoCal.
Final journey statistics include:
Days on the road: 79
Canadian Provinces: 2
Miles travelled: 10,454
Relatives visited: 38
Friends visited: 17