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.
Route 66 Sculpture -At the convention center
Tee Pee Curio Shop
Blue Swallow Motel-famous icon on Route 66
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
We leave Ft Summer for the 1 1/2 hour drive to Roswell.
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 👽 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 🌅.
Next stop will be the town of Carlsbad.