Ok, it’s not a breakneck pace but it’s a bit more driving than we have done through our road trip so far. We left San Antonio on January 23rd and drove to Fort Stockton, Texas. This allowed us to cover about 310 miles of West Texas. Fort Stockton sits in the heart of the Permian Basin oil field and has ‘Paisano Pete’, the road runner.
The next day we drove on through the rest of Texas and into New Mexico, stopping overnight in Las Cruces, covering another 285 miles. After an overnight stop, we continued on into Arizona stopping in Tucson, an additional 275 miles. This drive was by far the most we have driven in such a short time but there just wasn’t much to see along the way. It was interesting passing through El Paso, Texas, shouting distance to the Mexican border. If we had brought our passport we could have made this an international road trip.
Taos (pics) is a nice small town in north central New Mexico. The Taos Pueblo, just north of the town is perhaps the oldest continuously inhabited community in the US.
After visiting Bandelier National Monument on our way to Taos, we stopped in Los Alamos. Of course this is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory and naturally, this was home to the Manhattan Project, also known as Project Y, the secret project to develop the atomic bomb.
A little north and west from Santa Fe you can find the 33,000 acre Bandelier National Monument (pics). Here on the Pajarito Plateau can be found evidence of human occupation dating back over 10,000 years. Volcanic eruptions from 1.5 million years ago sent 1,000 feet thick layers of ash across the landscape. As the ash cooled, it welded into a relatively soft rock called tuff.