Day 24 starts our travels thru New Mexico Route 66 and a month of side trips, down Eastern, Southern and Western New Mexico, before joining up Route 66 again in Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival October 7th. One of my bucket list items.

We left Amarillo, Texas and our first Route 66 stop was the town of Tucumcari, which still has a lot of Route 66 businesses. Here are a few of our favorites.DSCN5582
Route 66 Sculpture -At the convention centerDSCN5593
Tee Pee Curio ShopDSCN5588
Blue Swallow Motel-famous icon on Route 66

Motel SafariDSCN5583

We drove an hour to the town of Santa Rosa. Here we went to “The Blue Hole”.
This was so fun. It is a sink hole that is 82 feet deep and a constant 61 degrees.
Bob and I jumped off a cliff twice, it was freezing but very refreshing on a 90 degree day.

From Santa Rosa, we leave Route 66 and drive south for our month of side trips.

First stop is the Billy the Kid Museum, in Ft Sumner. It was very interesting and worth the $5.00 admission. Then to Billy the Kids gravesite, where he is buried next to his two friends. The grave is surrounded by steel bars as it has been stolen twice.
We spend the night at Valley View RV in Ft Summer. It is very basic but only $20.00
for FHU.

We leave Ft Summer for the 1 1/2 hour drive to Roswell.DSCN5670

We will spend the next 4 nights at the Bottomless Lake State Park, only $18.00 with FHU, and large Site with table and grill, and on Lake Lea. It’s beautiful. Tomorrow is our 25th Anniversary and will spend it visiting the ๐Ÿ‘ฝ in Roswell.

Of course we have to visit the UFO Museum-Roswell, very interesting the controversy of what happened here in 1947. Worth the $6.00 admission for both of us with Groupon. Yummy Mexican lunch at Los Cerritos ,also a stop at The Harley Davidson store in Roswell.

Next few days hanging out at Bottomless Lake State Park, on Lake Lea, which is actually a sink hole.we have been riding our bikes, hiking and swimming in the lake. Beautiful sunsets ๐ŸŒ….

Next stop will be the town of Carlsbad.


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  1. I can’t believe how much there is to do on RT. 66 ! Ireally liked Roswell and Carlsbad. visited them when I lived in El Paso. Happy Anniversary. What wonderful memories you will Have. !


  2. Hi guys…..I decided to jump on your blog and look back when you started out. Fun getting to know you from the beginning. Route 66…..what fun… all the fun things you have found along the way. I stopped to make a reply here since you are in Roswell. My really good friend from Washington that I worked with for 10 1/2 years was born in Roswell. She is the sweetest friend, but she seems to have crazy stuff happen to her….we would laugh and chock it up to her start of life in Roswell. Her dad was in the military so they were stationed there when she was born, they made the rounds in several different places but ended up stationed in Tacoma, WA. She actually grew up in a smaller town called Port Orchard. I know you drove past it on your visit to the PNW. I’ve gotten a chance to drive part of Route 66 here in AZ…..Kingman up to Williams, and also a few towns like Winslow AZ and a couple others….I have drawn a blank and can’t remember off the top of my head right now. Did that with a couple of really good friends and had a blast… fun to stand on the corner in Winslow AZ by the Eagles.


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