We left Apache Junction, Arizona on Saturday after a winter season in the warm desert sun. We are now on our way west to Atlanta to visit family and spend some quality time with our granddaughter.
We will miss the vistas of Arizona, but it is time to move on. Usually after a few months in one place, we get a bit antsy and need to change things up a bit. While my job in Apache Junction was enjoyable for the most part, we met a whole lot of wonderful people and the resort was very nice, it was time for the job to end.
The demands of so many web-based jobs made it difficult for me to find the time to update The Traveling Sitcom. I will do my best in the near future to remedy that. In fact, I’m planning a post on the top 10 things to do in Apache Junction. Look for it soon!
In the meantime, we are traveling east, taking back roads and checking out some of the sights.
We made our way through Springerville, AZ, at 7500 feet above sea level in the high plains. This area is fascinating to me because we are above tree line and the wind is a constant. And there is nothing for miles and miles!
Ralph and Faith supervising the sandwich making during one of our breaks…
This is Socorro, NM. This is the Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Here they listen to outer space. It was placed here due to the fact that there are no nearby towns and the area is surrounded by mountains to keep sounds at bay.
The movie “Contact” was filmed here.
Really, you never know what you are going to come across when you take the back roads!
These are the high deserts just south of Albuquerque. For those of you that might have watched “Breaking Bad”, parts of the show were filmed here.
So..leaving NM and heading into Texas.
New Mexico: So sorry to see you leave! Hope you come again soon! We will have a hot beverage and a plate of nachos waiting on you. Take care and be careful on your travels. We will miss you!
Texas: Yeah, hi.
And there were turbines! Miles and miles of turbines! Texas produces the most wind power of any other state. Farmers allow wind farms on their lands to create a second stream of income.
If you look closely in the photo, you can see cows meandering around the turbines.
A stop in Amarillo at Cadillac Ranch. You will see it just off I40 west of Amarillo. It is a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line.
Writing graffiti on or spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated.
And of course a stop at the Big Texan. Known for it’s 72 oz. steak that is absolutely free if you can eat it and a bunch of sides within an hour.
Believe it or not. This is not the 72 oz steak! We had enough left over for several meals.
Totally bigger than my head.
We have now made it to Oklahoma City where we will spend a few nights and visit our oldest daughter. She loves to show us around, so stay tuned to some great sights in the Oklahoma City area!
Oh, and our current RV site even comes with our own personal tornado shelter. We feel pretty darn secure. That’s for sure. LOL!