There is just something about Arizona and New Mexico that I love.... and I know exactly what it is, the beautiful rock structure. Anytime Cameron and I hit Arizona or New Mexico all we could talk about was how beautiful the rock formations were. When you drive out west and have no buildings, service or other cars...how can you not enjoy the scenery!? It's absolutely breathtaking.
Upon return home several people asked Cameron and I how we sat in the car together for so long. The truth is driving with such incredible views like the ones we saw made time fly by and gave us so much to look at and talk about. Like Cameron said...the rock definitely appears to change colors once you cross the New Mexico border. It was like the redness left and they returned to the light sand color instantly.
As we drove along the open mountain roads I was following the rt. 66 books Dottie gave us and told Cameron the main thing I wanted to see in New Mexico was the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa! The picture in the brochure looked really intriguing and beautiful. We had a ways to go in New Mexico before Santa Rosa so we drove for a good while. I saw the town of Gallup on the map and it appeared to be one of the cute older towns on 66 that Cameron and I enjoy so we ventured off the interstate and headed into town. It definitely was a railroad town and had the old time feel with a hint of Aztec to it.
Cameron has his own town!
We hung around and walked up the street until some lady approached us and asked if I could buy her jewelry off her so she could have drug money....that was quite an encounter so after that we decided to grab food and head back to the interstate. We continued on our way and concluded that Santa Fe would be our stop for the night. It seemed like Santa Fe had a fun downtown life so we thought it would be a perfect spot to spend the night! If only we could find the downtown....
When we got to Santa Fe Cameron parked the car and we chose to walk along the little street to the shops! It couldn't be that far we had seen so many other people walking along the road. We headed down what we thought was the right way and came to shops that all were closed. It seemed to be the way our trip went...everything was always closed! We explored the closed shops kinda bummed but on a bright note Cameron caught some Pokemon.
Ready to give up we headed back to the car but I had some suspicion we were missing something because there were still people walking up from one of the roads. We decided instead of walking to drive down and check it out. Naturally the one road we didn't try first had all the night life! The town was hoppin! Now we understood why everyone was walking up the road...parking was impossible to find! We snagged a spot by a court house and headed into the downtown bustle.
Our sky was perfect that evening
We roamed around and checked out some stores not finding anything we wanted to buy. We saw lots of ice cream shops...but Cameron convinced me that we didn't need anymore....I still beg to differ. We settled on eating at a pizza place that was built at the end of an indoor mall but had outdoor seating overlooking the road and shop life. We got the best seats in the house right next to the balcony so we could watch everyone. There was also a little brewery on the other side of the mall that had ping pong tables and games in a lounge area. Cameron didn't want to beat anyone too badly so we just stuck with pizza. After some delicious loaded pizza and beer we decided to call it a night, happy with the turn out of Santa Fe. Now it was time for the BLUE HOLE!!!
I woke up eager and ready to see this blue hole. It was bound to be a good day. We were getting closer to Dunkin territory again so we stopped and had coffee then off we headed to Santa Rosa. The suspense was killing me. I think I might have been most excited for this part of 66! We got off at the Santa Rosa exit and I'm pretty sure I expected it to just be sitting right there in my face. It definitely wasn't. We followed the signs for it, which took us to a park recreation type area. When we pulled in there was a mini water park that Cameron stopped at and after evaluating that this couldn't be it we drove around the area and found it. Or should I say we found the dirt parking lot that made us pay 5 dollars to look in a hole. I don't know what is up with this paying for all the natural attractions but Cameron and I weren't fans.
We parked and headed over to the hole. I was so eager. We got to the edge and there it was!!!! A big blue hole that looked nothing like the brochure and was clouded with tons of people jumping into it. I will say I was disappointed. There is one picture of it in the gallery at the end if you want to be disappointed too.
The best blue hole picture we got...
The facts about the blue hole are really interesting however. The temperature is always 60 degrees so when you jump in be ready to freeze. The hole is 81 feet deep so people scuba dive in it which is cool. After sadly staring into the hole for five minutes (the same amount we paid to feel jipped) we decided we had enough blues and headed back to continue to the Midway of 66....TEXAS TIME!
He likes pizza.