As promised... here are a few photos from the latest drive to Arizona. :) We took a side trip to see Palo Duro Canyon, Texas and drove to the bottom. West Texas and eastern New Mexico were the greenest I have seen them in years! Beautiful...
Spent the night at the Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. A wonderfully nostalgic place with super friendly owners. If you're ever driving through there, it's worth the stop. Rooms were clean and comfy and we loved the old gliders to sit and drink morning coffee. We met some really nice folks visiting from Holland. Like stepping back in time. :)
There are many murals all over Tucumcari, NM. They were painted by a talented local artist. Some are paintings of interesting or historical events around the area and others are of the people that live there. It's fun to try and find them all.
Look what we found at the Mexican Restaurant when we went to dinner. :)
This was rather strange... The gentleman in the painting was actually sitting at a table behind us eating dinner. LOL
After a great mug of coffee and visiting with our neighbors, we had a great Sonora Mexican breakfast and headed to Arizona.
After a few days of visiting with family, we decided to visit the old historic copper mining ghost town of Jerome, Arizona. Once known as the wickedest town in the west. :) It's a fun and interesting day visit in a bit cooler part of Arizona.
An enjoyable day spent looking at historical Jerome, visiting artisan shops and spending time with family!
Time to head home... Stopped in Lubbock, TX on the way back to visit with dear son and daughter-in-law. Had a good time spending a few days with them and my fur baby grand-kids. :)
While there we visited the National Ranching Heritage Center. It's a museum and historical park that preserves and honors ranching history and traditions. Great place to visit if you're ever in Lubbock, Texas. :)
A good trip and glad to visit family, but sure is good to be home!
Summer is here and as usual has slipped up on me. We have had such a wonderfully cool and rainy spring! The weather has been perfect... We have greatly enjoyed it and have been taking advantage of the lovely 70-90 degree weather every chance we can get... visiting many interesting places around us. :)
The blackberries in our area loved the cool weather also. Copious amounts of berries ripen along every dirt road around the home place. We have picked to our hearts content, enjoying warm, fresh blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream. We picked enough to put some berries in the freezer so we can enjoy the taste of summer later in the year... Yummy!
We actually had a visitor from Arizona this summer! My SIL came out to visit for a week. We really enjoyed her company and had lots of fun working in the garden, helping her learn to milk Blondie, making cheese, and lots of other fun farm stuff.
We took a day off to float the Illinois river. It was a beautiful day and we had a perfect trip. :) We even floated by a pirate ship...
Another day we ventured to Fayetteville for dinner and stopped on the way to hike Natural Falls. There is so much beauty nearby!
After our week together in Oklahoma, it was time to head to Arizona to return my SIL to her family and have a nice visit there with family. We had a good road trip with many enjoyable side trips and I really enjoyed the company. :) Pictures of our road trip adventures soon... Meanwhile...back at the ranch... summer is here to relax and enjoy. Have a great one!
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.