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Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Mexico - We're Almost Out of Here!

Tuesday's flight was very nice and Alison pulled up to the curb in her bright red Roadster. 

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That's one hot car.  Of course, trying to cram me, my carry on, and my small luggage bag into the car was a bit of an experience.

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So we had to make a few adjustments.

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Of course, we had to ask for help.  We're 2 crazy women.  We don't know how to cram all this crap into a Roadster.  This nice gentleman was a big help, though.  Thank you kind sir.

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And so our journey began, and the first thought that went thru my mind was "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"  The thought of driving 1700 miles across the country back home gave me indigestion.  But I was going to do this dang-nammit.  I was going to face my fears and stick my butt on this horse - or in a PT Cruiser - and head out Interstate 40 with a smile - after a good night's sleep, of course.

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The landscape in New Mexico is interesting.  Different from what I am used to seeing.  Not a lot of green, but the mountains are beautiful and so is the sky.

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Check out that ominous cloud hovering over Sandia Mountain.  Pretty cool isn't it?

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And as we drove by it, I thought "Dang it sure looks desolate out here."  But then again, what do I know, I'm a homebody from the East Coast.

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And the closest I've come to seeing mountains like these are in movies and pictures.  This was a totally new experience for me and I was soaking it all in.

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Of course, my feet hurt and my knees were crammed up to my chest, but heck, Are We Having Fun Yet?!!!

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And Alison was lookin' pretty snazzy with her sunglasses on in this hot Roadster.

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We pulled up to her house and I got my first glimpse of zero-scaping.  No grass, just landscaping for the desert climate.  Interesting.  The plants are beautiful.

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If anyone wants to buy or lease this house in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, here's your sign.

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I met Maggie Mae.  She's a cutie-tootie of a dog.  And sweet as sugar.

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I enjoyed looking at Alison's artwork.  She is also an artist, and a daggone good one too!  She had this piece hanging by her baby grand piano.

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She had this piece hanging over her sofa.

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On the road again!  Just can't wait to get on the road again.  With my ? and my friends, just can't wait to get on the road again.  Not.  Willy Nelson really needs to sing another song.

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We were on our way to Walmart.  Every place on earth has a Walmart.  I really like this car in front of us.  Nice hat too, Mister.

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Alison decided to cash in her change at the Walmart Coinstar.  They charge almost 10% of your total in coins just to count your money.  Everything is so expensive.  I do things the hard way.  I count and wrap my own coins and take them to the bank.  But this was fun.

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I especially thought this native New Mexico child was as cute as could be. 

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I really wanted to see how many different expressions I could snap out of this adorable little girl. 

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Don't you just want to pinch her cheeks?

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Of course, we also met the resident crow.  He could care less who was walking near him.

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And as I piled back into the car, so did our purses.

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I still can't get over this view - and that ominous cloud just hovering overhead like it is trying to tell us something.  Such as: "Get the hell out of New Mexico, like this cloud, a dark one will follow you everywhere."

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Early evening on Tuesday, we hopped in the car to go grab a bite to eat, and Alison drove me around to see the area.  I was interested in the wild flowers on the side of the road and got some pretty cool shots.

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I love these wild flowers. 

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This too was really beautiful.

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And naturally, no trip to New Mexico would be complete without a picture of a very black horse on the side of the road just strolling along.

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We popped on into the Olive Garden. 

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And Alison had to rub her feet on the grass, since you rarely see grass in New Mexico.

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Alison doesn't know what to do with me.  I travel everywhere with my camera.

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Is that Opera I hear?

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"Oh God.  Susan, would you please stop taking my picture?"

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"I mean really, there is only so much I can take of this on an empty stomach."

"Okay, Alison.  I'll let you enjoy your dinner and promise not to take anymore pictures." (at least not of you picking your nose or scratching your boob or something like that.  That wouldn't be very nice of me.)

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I will, however, ask you to stop along the side of the road again on the way home from our nice dinner so I can take another shot of all those wildflowers on the side of the road.

Isn't Alison a good friend?  I mean, she does put up with my photography fetish and all.

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