I really don't know what the big difference is on this journey thru New Mexico or Texas over past trips through these states along Interstate 10. We've crossed the country on I-10 probably a half dozen times over the past 20+ years and previously I would sort of dread part of it.
Once you get into New Mexico a few miles, and all the way through West Texas until almost San Antonio, the landscape is rather brownish with some smattering of green sagebrush and the like. There are mountains to see, but those are mostly brownish in color also. This time it was different for us. We were seeing this area with "eyes of appreciation". We rode through this area the past 2 days with a feeling of excitement and joy, I guess you could call it.
This time we really looked at it with different eyes. We could still see the brownish landscape of New Mexico with the stark and sometimes barren look of it all but we saw the contrast of the brown mountains with the blue sky. We saw how some of the rocks and mountains were a different shade of brown. Some mountains were jagged and some had been sheared off by centuries of stiff winds until they were turned into a plateau. Same thing for West Texas. As we looked at everything, we talked about how difficult it must have been for the early settlers to cross that desert like terrain, filled with all sorts of unknown dangers.
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Here are some beautiful rocky mountains in Arizona just before you get to New Mexico. Awesome!
So this is why we could see this area with our eyes of appreciation. We appreciate the diversity of this state of Texas, but we also just appreciate being able to be fulltime RVer's and go where we want. We are so blessed and that makes us very thankful, too.
Until next time....so long for now!
Heading to NOLA
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