It was sunny today! Right after second cup we packed our lunch and headed out in the Jeep. Not a minute to waste....the weather guessers are predicting rain tomorrow and possible snow for the upcoming week. We're not familiar with this area of New Mexico so I pointed us west and south on what I discovered was the Salt Missions Scenic Byway.
Instead of finding out more information, we just started out and by doing so missed a really interesting little spot just a few miles from where we picked up the Byway. The Singing Road! Evidently when you drive 45 mph on a particular section of old Route 66 near Tijeras your tires play music.....America The Beautiful no less! I can't believe we missed that!!!
Sometimes you know where you are immediately, a smell, the quality of light, the sounds, the area's architecture. There is no mistaking we're in New Mexico.
|The aristocratic Raven seems to be a symbol of New Mexico|
|colorful churches abound|
|cemeteries filled with personal mementos|
giving you a peek into the life of the loved ones buried there
|snoozing in the sun|
|roadside shrines to Our Lady of Guadalupe|
We turned off into the Cibola National Forest and followed the dirt road into the Manzano mountains looking for a spot for lunch.
|fall touches the oak leaves|
The road was long, rocky and dusty and we were very surprised by the number of cars we either passed or passed us......usually we have these kinds of roads to ourselves. They were all fairly new, shiny vehicles, most carried folks that looked to be our age or thereabouts and their license plates showed them to be from other states.
|lunch spot, no reservations needed|
We wondered what was going on "back there" but didn't really want to come upon a large gathering doing who knows what so we found a nice quiet spot to pull off and have our lunch.
After our meal we drove back out of the National Forest and continued on our way home. Not very exciting but a pleasant day indeed.