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Friday, March 26, 2010

~~~ A LONG LONG Ride to Albuquerque ~~~

Before all our plans were changed and the entire route was reversed we had all our mail forwarded to High Desert RV Park in Albuquerque, NM.
The rock formations in Arizona & New Mexico are fabulous

Now it all has arrived to the RV park that we were suppose to stay at and unfortunately we did not have time for them to forward it even though they offered. All of our info for taxes were there and we didn't want to take the chance of it not arriving or worst yet getting lost.

Aren't these BUTTES.... BUTTEtiful ☺☺☺

So into the car early in the morning and on the road by 6 am... I know crazy but we have always been ready for an adventure and this was to be a BIG one... So we left Verde Valley and headed towards Albuquerque.

Two different Missions we saw on our drive... Doesn't the second one look like a town right out of Mexico

We finally arrived at the park after many hours of driving and on our way we had decided to stop at a couple of places since we will be close to them... Camping World, The Petrified Forest and a place we ate at in 2004 while attending the
Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Entering into Albuquerque
It was lunch time so our first stop was Murphey's Mule Barn... I can remember being there like it was yesterday. We would go there several times while we were at the Balloon Festival and they gave you more food then you could ever eat. The Chicken Fried Steak was on top of everyone's list and it was as big as the plate... Could it still be as good after 6 years? YES IT WAS!!! If your ever in the area stop and have Breakfast or Lunch. You will not be sorry...

Murphey's Mule Barn in Albuquerque, NM

Inside of Murphy's Mule Barn & our Chicken Fried Steak
Now we have dawdled in the area and decided it is time to head out... No time for Camping World we'll have to go to the one in Phoenix.... We get in the car and take off trying to make it to the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest before they close... Now to be truthful I have been there several times and I had my old National Park passport book stamped BUT I wanted a stamp in my new BIG PASSPORT book. ☺☺☺ We arrived at 5:45 pm and they closed at 6:00. I ran into the visitors center and had my booked stamped. It was also a great place for a potty break for us & Tiffy. It was a long day of driving but a fun day... and we have all of our mail!!!
More of those beautiful rock formations

We leave tomorrow for Tonopah, Arizona just about 45 miles west of Phoenix... We'll be there for a week waiting for our friends to come and meet us.

Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy Everyday!


Speedy said...

Great trip!! Love the pictures...wish we were headed out.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Glad you arrived safely, and glad you were able to get your book stamped. That has to be the biggest chicken fried steak ever! Stay safe, and keep having fun! laurie

Stacey said...

Hi Donna. You are such a traveler! That chicken fried steak sure caught my eye. I grew up eating that once a week and now I haven't had it in years!

Have fun and travel safely.

Margie M. said...

It sounds like you made a great day out of something that could have been a real drag! Good for you guys. That is showing your true sense of adventure.

Donna...we won't be stopping in Phoenix next week, we'll just have to buzz right by as we will be going all the way to Benson. Hope we can meet up with you at another time. Thanks for your comments on my blog, appreciate it.

Jerry and Suzy said...

We had to make a run back home one time, not to get mail, but to get the 8-inch computer cable that ran from our wifi adapter to our computer. Dead in the water without it. Fortunately it was only 80 miles round trip, but it was the first day of a long trip, and there was very little choice. Can't find a cable like that in Willcox, Arizona!

Carole Burant said...

Omigosh, look at the size of that chicken fried steak, it could feed a whole family! hehe Even though it was a long unplanned drive, I'm glad you were able to get your mail and to have your passport book stamped:-) How I love all the pictures you post, places that I will most probably never see in person!! Prayers continue for you for safe travels:-) xoxo

Rick said...

Like others have said, that chicken fried steak is just huge! I'm still trying to figure out in my mind why anyone would want to 'chicken fry' a steak!! To a Canadian, it just sounds kind of weird!

Donna, we'll be leaving the Sands RV Resort on April 6th heading for Yuma, AZ. I know where the Thousand Trails RV Park that you mentioned is so let me know about your plans as it gets closer to that date and maybe we'll be able to get together here.... rick

Justine said...

Wowee... what incredible scenery.

Isn't it so funny how some of the restaurants where you find the most delicious food look like total dumps? I love it!

Justine :o 0

auntpearl said...

Hope you don't mind me stopping in to take a look at your blog. I got your name from our friend Pea's
I really enjoyed seeing all your photos. I love that you have chosen to travel and enjoy the open road. I don't get to travel much so I will be back for your next adventure.
Please feel free and stop by my blog to say hello.
Take care,

Roadrunner Chronicles said...

Wonderful Albuquerque! God's country! Great pictures. We lived in Albuquerque but we never made it to Murphy's. Have to put that on the list!

But we LOVE Frontier Restaurant...

great post!


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