|Nice, big spaces|
|New Mexico sunset|
We left Tetilla Peak and headed west with plans to stop at Bluewater State Park in western New Mexico. Bluewater was full so we ended up staying at Red Rocks park near Gallup. That ended up being a great find. It's a beautiful park on Indian reservation land near Church Rock. Lots of prairie dogs.
|Storm coming at Red Rock Park|
|Navajo rugs at the Indian Museum|
The park is not far from Gallup and there is a lot to see and do in town. In the summer they have Native American dancers and musicians every evening downtown. We went one evening and it was really great-probably one of my favorite things we did all summer. We also stopped at the El Rancho hotel on Route 66 and checked out all the autographed photos of the stars that have stayed there over the years. The El Rancho use to be a Hollywood get-away in its heyday plus a lot of movies were filmed in the area so it is where the stars stayed during filming. We couldn't believe all the stars in the portrait gallery-Howard Hughes, Errol Flynn, Mae West, Henry Fonda, Humphry Bogart and many more.
|Welcome to Gallup!|
Well, that's it for part one of our summer. Stay tuned for part 2: Arizona and Colorado. I'll end with one last picture from outside of Gallup. This is Pyramid Rock which can be seen in Grapes of Wrath. Thanks for visiting!