"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."
I couldn't agree more with that statement. Especially when dealing with cancer, the closer I am to God, the easier it is to get though the bad days. I really couldn't imagine going through this without knowing the Lord. I think it would be "pointless" to try.
We headed for the border of Colorado and New Mexico planning to stay overnight in Santa Fe since we got a late start. We made a light detour in Las Vegas, NM just to check it out. We didn't know what to expect, but thought we would just drive through the heart of the town and see what we could find. It was a Saturday, and people were having parties in the park and it seemed like a quint little town. Some older architecture along with some classic signs, vintage street clocks and old Americana feel. We didn't stop anywhere, we just took in the sites and made our way back to the Interstate.
|Sporting a faux-hawk at Pecos National Historical Park.|
We took in the site of an old church in town that was undergoing renovation and headed south again toward Albuquerque. We thought we might find a place that we could have dinner, but we couldn't really decided on anything and continued west from Albuquerque. We watched the signs on the highway for any place that we really felt we wanted to stop and look, but didn't really see much. We continued to make our way to Gallup, NM which is just before the Arizona border and settled in for the night as it was really late.
The place was pretty much a dive and the train ran through town blowing its horn nearly every 30 minutes. It was the worst night of sleep either one of us had ever had. We were both cranky the next morning and could hardly wait to hit the road and get out of that place. But, we needed fuel for us and the car, so we made the necessary stops before getting on the road.
|A little of the Painted Desert behind me.|
It was amazing to see all the trees that had crystallized over the years. We continued down every turn off to see what was there. if anything was new. We saw some petroglyphs, and more petrified trees. They really were beautiful. Some were not as formed as others, while others were huge and strewn everywhere in small chunks.
We found our way out the back entrance and by-passed a bit of the Interstate. We caught it again at a city called Holbrook and continued west toward Flagstaff. We turned off for Meteor crater and found that we were amazed at what it really looked like. We were extremely skeptical at first knowing the pseudo-science type of people that can be found in the southwest.
Finally as it began to get dark, we got back on the highway for Flagstaff, only another hour away. By the time we got to Flagstaff, we found a very nice hotel and got checked in. Neither one of us had eaten since breakfast and were now to the point that we snapped at each other with our answers. Neither of us would make a decision on dinner and both of us became irritated. Mom finally went in and took a shower while I just gave up and started to go to bed. When she got out of the bathroom, I apologized and told her I didn't know what was wrong with me. After a little discussion, we realized we hadn't eaten and we both needed protein to keep ourselves from snapping like that. We got ready and went out to grab something and take it back to the room. When we got back and got ready for the night, we called the family and let them know we would call sometime after we got back on the road again.
We were now at more than half through our trip and were beyond being tired from the lack of sleep that night before. Hopefully no trains kept us up tonight.
Next, we adventure a little more before getting to California.
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:2-4