All right, now we’re into territory that neither the Thriller nor I have seen before. And man, what a first impression.
While my poor family and fiends back in Ohio are suffering intolerable heat, I wore my sweater last evening while we were out and about in Gallup — it was 60 degrees outside.
We kind of expected a more desert-like atmosphere in northwest New Mexico. Instead, we got beautiful red rock, huge plateaus and buttes, massive expanses of horizon, and the Continental Divide:
Yesterday also brought the first thunderstorm we encountered on the road. Little did we know, when I took this photo, that the beautiful gray curtain of rain contained a crapton of hail, too:
I was too traumatized to take a photo of it while it was happening.
The most exciting part of New Mexico happens today, when we hit the downtown area. We drove through it last night and saw no fewer than twenty Native American jewelry and crafts outlets — including the wholesale guy who supplies the Thriller with his beautiful, authentic Navajo jewelry at jaxworld.com (yes, I’m spamming you).
Shopping daaaaaaay! Off to enjoy the gorgeous sunrise with some coffee and conversation.
Stay cool, fiends.
Fink in a blanket