10.06.17 – What to see on Route 66 from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road.  The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of.  We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.

Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.

I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below.  In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:

Arizona to Oklahoma along Route 66 – CLICK THE MAP TO ENLARGE IT.

Williams, Arizona

Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!

Holbrook, Arizona

WigWam Motel Grade A

Arizona Desert

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  Grade A

Petrified Forest

Painted Desert  the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A

Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner Grade A

Sandia Peak Tramway  Grade A

Musical Highway Grade A

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gabriel’s Restaurant    Grade A

Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!

Santo Domingo Trading Post  – Very poor area economically.  Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!

Madrid, New Mexico

Adorable small town on Highway 14 on the way back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Blue Hole  Grade A

Route 66 Auto Museum   Grade A

Tucumcari, New Mexico

TeePee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Monument    Grade A

Amarillo, Texas

Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum 

Cadillac Ranch   Grade A

The Big Texan – Home of the 72 oz. Free Steak   Grade A

Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch    Grade A

Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 and Transportation Museum Complex   Grade A

We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it   was the end of our travels on Route 66.

We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite.  Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!

That’s all the Route 66 things we saw.  There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains.  In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!

Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/

We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction.  Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!

We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.

Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.

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10.03.17 National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – I wrote this really long, very informative full of pictures blog post about our time last Friday at the National Route 66 & Transportation Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma.  It was our last Route 66 place to visit.

I went after writing all that  outside to find some candy corn shaped rocks to paint and when I came back in there was not much left on the screen and I hadn’t saved.  Oh my!  Well I’ve reconstructed it as best I could.

This was all only one block from our RV Park.  This is where the tour begins:

After we paid our $4 (Senior) entry fee and looked around a gift shop, I see Roy climbing into a pink 1955 Cadillac!  For the last month we’ve seen lots of old cars and they all said “Do not touch or climb in.”  I thought Roy had lost his mind and tried to get him to get out!  Then I realize there is a sign that says “Step on the gas and watch a video of going down Route 66 in this Cadillac.”  Something like that.

There were a couple of French lady tourist in the back seat of a classic red Chevy Impala at a mock drive-in theater.

There was a room of Popeye and his gang memorabilia that just captured my heart.  This bench was really a cute addition!

Several other old vehicles were on exhibit and we saw those before going on to the actual museum in a second building.

In this not really large but very well done ride along Route 66 a lot was packed into it

When we walked around one corner and there sat the same year and color Corvette that we owned before we had kids, my eyes got so big!  Very cool experience for us! Our trip along Route 66 started in Williams, Arizona and all the major stops we made going east to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Route 66 continues on to Chicago, Illinois but we’ve visited that area before so we headed to eastern Oklahoma.

I know, I know I said I wasn’t going to reconstruct it but here’s some of them!

The Old Town Museum is another museum in the complex. Early Oklahoma pioneer life is depicted as visitors wander through this grand two story Victorian house.

 Then there is the Farm and Ranch museum and the Blacksmith Shop

We owned a house in Hammond with a very tall windmill so they have a special place in our heart.  We saw several (none as tall as ours) in and outside of the Farm and Ranch Museum.

I caught Roy calling one of his girlfriends on this old time rotary dial public phone booth!

Blacksmith Shop

The last museum part was an old town with replicas of a schoolhouse, opera house, doctor’s office and chapel, a bank, physicians office, railroad office, and more.  Look at the straight jacket in this old physicians office!

Look at the bank’s safe, it looks like a big truck tire!

    

There were way more photos taken but I lost a lot of them the day after we went.  There was A LOT to see this day and most days recently.  We’ve mostly been very selective about what we go to on this trip.  My stamina and balance aren’t really great so doing things like the Grand Canyon I just settled for getting to see a little of it this time.  God’s world is so amazing that it does get overwhelming seeing so much out west.  I am thankful that we have been blessed to see so much of this country and recommend RVing state to state to all of you!

In between all of this fun and amazingly cool things to see and do I’ve begun having more odd brain issues way too often.  We are wrapping up this journey and should be home latter part of October.  This week we are in Checotah, Oklahoma where we stayed two years ago when the adjoining lake was flooding into the park.  This is a link to that blog post about all the flooding.  I’m going to take some pictures of how really nice it is here when it’s not flooding!

https://rosalynandroy.com/2015/05/24/05-24-15-rising-waters-again-really/

Next week we will be back in good old Shirley, Arkansas.  That’s where Roy met the great remote flying guys, I found all the rocks my little heart could ever handle and we got to eat the most amazing BBQ three times.   We will do all three of those things again this visit!  John and Barbara Tate, if you would like to come us or meet us halfway for another visit we’d love it!

From there we’ll make our way back to Amite, Louisiana and give Dora and Boots a rest for a good long time!

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10.02.17 Please pray for Las Vegas – Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas

Monday morning October 2, 2017 – Before I jump into more of the awesome things Roy and I have gotten to do, I feel the need to ask for prayers for all those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night.  The first I heard about it was when I woke up this morning and read on my phone on Facebook that my husband, Roy was asking for prayers for Las Vegas.

Then I saw President Trump was speaking on national television about the horrors that occurred and the need for prayers and for God’s comfort.  Three horrible hurricanes and a National Horror have challenged this young presidency and I am so thankful  that Donald Trump is our President.  No one could have done better than he has being our President.  If you watch CNN or others you won’t know that.  If you watch Fox News you are well aware of the truth of this man’s leadership. Here is the video from earlier.

This from  Ann Voskamp on Facebook

Broken for those who are heartbroken today in #Vegas.

With-ness breaks brokenness & we are with you & He is Emmanuel, God with us.

And shared tears are multiplied healing — & we weep with you & God sees & shares in the heartbrokenness & catches every tears & His love is stronger than any hate.

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Thanks Ann for those words reminding us that God’s love is stronger than any hate.

October 1, 2017 – Living in a modern era RV makes Roy and I interested in the history of RVs and how they changed and improved over the years.

Jack Seisemore Traveland is a combination RV Sales, Camping World type accessories store, RV Park and a very well done RV Museum. The Sisemore’s began restoring and collecting unusual vintage RV’s over 25 years ago. These include many RV’s from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The museum is free.

I mostly share just our personal photos of places we are blessed to visit.  Because of the confined quarters in these smaller, older RVs makes taking good photos hard for an amateur photographer like me.  When I was going through the almost 200 photos we took most of them got deleted because of poor quality.  That left me with not much to use.  Then I discovered on their website a wonderfully clear slideshow of photos from all throughout the museum.  Here is a link to the slideshow for ya’ll to enjoy!

http://www.rvmuseum.net/

The photos and video below are ours.  As soon as I saw the first photo below I said to myself that is a bus I’d love to have.  Then I realized it was the Gornicke’s family bus from the famous Robin Williams movie “RV.”  So many hysterical and heartwarming moments were filmed in and around this bus!

Along the interstate we saw two things that I wasn’t aware were part of the Route 66 sites.  First is The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Groom, Texas. We did not know there was something to visit when we passed it by on the interstate.  I wish we had known.

From their website at http://crossministries.net/.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

Welcome to The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries, we are a nonprofit organization located off of Exit 112, Interstate 40 in Groom, Texas. Our mission is to serve people from all walks of life by creating an environment that is filled with peace, compassion, and spiritual direction. We believe in cherishing and strengthening the institution of the family, which we feel is a vital part for establishing a culture that flourishes. Our purpose is to share the truths of the Gospel with all who visit the Cross, and to preserve traditional values in today’s society. We affirm the dignity of all people to live as Christ taught, who will in turn impact their families, community, and our world.

Next is the leaning Britten USA water tower which I found the following information about.

The water tower was bought at an auction and was going to be used as the town’s actual water tower. However, it never met code. So instead of wasting it, Ralph Britten decided that anyone can have a water tower, but his was going to lean.

He placed the water tower near the family truck stop and restaurant. Although the restaurant and truck stop burned down, you can visit Ralph’s grandson at the Auto Shop that is now where the truck stop and restaurant used to be.

Here’s a link to information about the leaning water tower. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-leaning-tower-of-groom-texas

There are a lot of Route 66 sites we didn’t know about and I’m glad we at least got to see these two.  You know I photograph everything so I’m glad I whipped my camera out to catch theses!

Next is our last stop on Route 66 which very fittingly was the Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Museum.  That’s what I’ll be writing about next.

I hope to put together a blog post with a list of everything we chose to see along the way in case that can help someone else who wants to travel this route.

I have books, maps of each state with Route 66 sites marked (not nearly all but it helped).  I would love to pass these along to someone who could use them.  If no one claims them to use in traveling, I’d be glad to give them to someone who just wants to learn about Route 66.  I think I paid between $50.00 to 70.00 for all of these so it’s a lot of good material.

We are in Checotah, Oklahoma right now staying at Terra Starr RV Park for a week.  We are not even going to unhitch Boots from Dora unless we must.  One whole week of resting, blogging, painting rocks and more resting!

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09.29.17 The Big Texan 72 oz Steak

September 29, 2017 – After having lots of fun at the VW Bug Ranch and the Cadillac Ranch in Texas we went to THE BIG TEXAN, home of the famous Free 72 oz Steak if you can eat it all.

This is  basically a very touristy Big Texan place, but lots of fun and the food was really good.

We went early evening so the place wasn’t filled up with people until we were almost through.  All the steaks are cooked in the open.  We were sitting right next to it so we got to smell and see all the steaks being cooked.  They are served on the BIG TEXAN plates shown below.

We got the 30 oz steak for two with fried okra and the best tasting loaded baked potatoes I’ve ever had at a restaurant.  We both got those sides and also enjoyed sweet peach tea.  Oh my!  

After dinner we walked around to see the rest of the place.  A hallway near the back had several photos on the wall.  When you stood in front of one it looked like a normal person.  When you moved a few inches to the side the person turned into a skeleton!

 

There was a very large gift shop which was mostly all Texan gifts.

There are rules for taking “The 72oz Steak Challenge.”  Here they are:

Meal consists of: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak

This is the table you sit at for the challenge.  It is on a raised platform so everyone can see you.  There are time clocks along the wall next to it so the person taking the challenge knows how much time they have left.

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.
So that’s that for the Chauvin’s visit to the Big Texan.
I forgot to write a blog post about our visit to Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, TX last week.  I’ll work on that next.
Today we visited the Historic Route 66 Museum here in Elk City, Oklahoma and several other museums on the same property.  I believe that will be the last Route 66 type thing we will do.  We go to Checotah, Oklahoma Saturday (tomorrow) for a week of doing nothing!!!  Sometimes that is really needed!
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I love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  Yes this one is a scripture!

09.28.17 A – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is much more well known than the VW Bugs are and it is very different.  All photos I’ve seen, showed the Cadillacs as though they were right  by the road like the VW Bugs and it was all dry around them like this photo.

It stormed the day before so they were ankle deep in water and were actually far far off the road like you’ll see in the first photo. 

We saw around 20 people coming and going while we were there.  Most all of them except one young man and MEEEEE didn’t go into the freezing muddy water to paint on the Cadillacs.  They resorted to painting on the ground which I did also!

Here they are as we walked closer and closer to them and around them!

I have wanted to see these things for the last three years and I was determined to get some spray painted on them.  I sprayed Roy, Rosie and the first initial of our six grandchildren’s names  K E M J C G.  Kallie, Ella, Madisyn, Jacob, Caroline and Gracie. That’s in the order of their ages! This video is when I’m telling Roy that the initials are the Chauvin grandchildren.  You can hear how strong the wind is and may not be able to hear me explain that!

The muddy water sucked my shoes in with each step so I slowly, slowly walked out determined not to fall flat on my face.  I was very proud that I achieved that!

I wore these shoes because they already needed to be thrown away.  I brought a good pair of shoes to change into when we got to the car.

This is the other person who painted and even he didn’t go very far into the watery mud.

I painted the grandchildren’s initials on the ground as well so it could be seen better.  Pretty sure with the next rain this will all be washed away.

This video tells ya’ll all about our experience there!

Bales of hay along the walking way were sprayed as well.

This is the entry way.  Roy went through the barbed wire and I went through the swinging gate that was deep in mud.

The muddy shoes were left there with a lot of other muddy shoes!

Here’s some information I found to share: Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm.

Cadillac Ranch was originally located in a wheat field, but in 1997, the installation was quietly moved by a local contractor to a location two miles to the west, to a cow pasture along Interstate 40 (which is Route 66 in a lot of places) in order to place it farther from the limits of the growing city. Both sites belonged to the local millionaire Stanley Marsh, the patron of the project.

Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway, and though located on private land, visiting it (by driving along a frontage road and entering the pasture by walking through an unlocked gate) is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated. The cars are periodically repainted various colors.

If you are ever anywhere around Amarillo, I highly recommend going back to your childhood and painting on one of the Cadillacs or a bale of hay or the ground!

After spray painting (I call it graffiti) on the VW Bugs and the Cadillacs we headed over to the Big Texan Restaurant for a delicious meal.  More on that next time!

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09.28.17 VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 = Along a stretch of Route 66 east of Amarillo, in Conway, TX you’ll find the quirky VW Slug Bug Ranch, where five Volkswagen Beetles are planted nose-down in the ground—a bookend to the more famous Cadillac Ranch west of Amarillo.

We were the only ones here — you park just off the road and walk over to the cars. A cool abandoned building and older car on property as well.

Here’s how to get to these slug bugs: Exit 96 off 1-40. On the frontage road near the intersection of Rt 270. Look for the tall “MOTEL” sign. Approximate address: 9696 Interstate 40, Conway, TX 79068

As you look at the pictures in case you can’t tell what we spray painted here’s what it all says:  Roy and Rosie 2017, Chip and Misty, our oldest son and wife (whom requested their name not be used), Amite, La (our current hometown).  I hope you can tell that we’re not the first people to walk up to these VW bugs and spray graffiti on them.  You are encouraged to do that.  They are just one of the attractions on Route 66 that people are drawn to. Here they are!

 

That was our first fun stop of the day.  Next we went on to the much more well known Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.  I found out about Cadillac Ranch three years ago and have been wanting to go there so much ever since.  Wait till you see the pictures from that one!

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09.26.17 – Teepee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel and Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tuesday, September 26, 17 – In Tucumcari we saw the Teepee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel and the Route 66 Monument at the Museum.  If you’re counting that’s these three plus two in Santa Rosa that we saw all in one day.  And we watched our home church’s worship service before all this!

Teepee Curios is a gift shop inside a large Teepee.  One thing we’re finding on this trip is that all the Stuckey’s are closed.  The buildings and the signs are still there but they are not open.  When we walked up to the Teepee Curios and saw a sign that they sell Stuckey’s candy we almost ran inside.  We love Stuckey’s Pecan Rolls so we each got two.  I bought a Route 66 purse and a couple of Route 66 family gifts!  I always want to remember this Route 66 journey so I am buying things that will help me do that!

   

The Blue Swallow Motel was on every list of things to see/do in Tucumcari and I could definitely see why! It reminded me so much of motels my parents and I would stay in when we’d go on vacation. I like how their website describes it:

The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.” Unlike the big corporately-owned chains, we are family owned and operated. With hospitality provided by owners Nancy, Kevin, Jessica, and Cameron, you will always be welcomed like family.

From the beautifully restored rooms, to the distinctive attached garages, to the fabulous neon display each night, a stay at the Blue Swallow is a unique experience that will leave you rested, refreshed, and with wonderful new memories. Come take a step back to a simpler time, meet your neighbors from around the world, and relax under the glow of the neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel. It will be a pleasure to have you stay with us!

Next are the insides of where guests park their cars when staying there.  Their garage is next to their room.   

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Last thing in Tucumcari was the Route 66 Monument at their Museum.  The Museum was closed but Dora and I took some photos with the Monument.

Dora seems to park herself in a way that gets her in lots of photos! She says she wants me to write one blog showing all the places she’s visited so we’re working on that!!

This is the actual museum where a couple of painted rocks were hidden!

Since we saw everything we wanted to in Tucumcari and had not yet killed ourselves from exhaustion we went on to Amerillo, TX where we are staying for three days to see Route 66 things here.

Here’s the road signs going from New Mexico to Texas.  We are very glad to be back in Central Time Zone!

  As soon as we entered Texas the landscape changed from mountains everywhere to being able to see as far as we looked with no mountains in the way.  The sage and other bushes that were every where and I mean everywhere stopped.  Beautiful crops all along the interstate were a joy to see.  Guess as much as I love seeing the mountains in all their very various forms and colors, it is nice to again see the flatlands that will lead us to Louisiana in a few weeks!

The windmills were not seen until we crossed into Texas and they are everywhere!

If you think this was a long blog post imagine doing it all plus the last two in one day.  By the end of the day I crawled to my bed and we slept until 11 am today!!  We recovered enough to go to the RV Museum in Amarillo and buy some groceries.  Again, this was one of those grocery shopping trips that included a lot of sweet things, but also a lot of fruits!  I’ll share about the RV Museum in Amarillo next!  Owning and living in an RV made this a very special place to visit!

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09.25.17 Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Monday, September 25, 2017 – Bozo and Anna Cordova have been the proud owners of  this very cool Mom-&-pop museum with classic, vintage, chrome & hot rod cars on display, plus Route 66 memorabilia since 2001. A few of the cars were actually for sale so Roy and I picked out the ones we liked best just in the off chance that one day we’d have the money for them!

You can see where they are located from a good distance with the bright yellow car mounted up high! I’m just gonna post the photos we took here.  We would both highly recommend visiting this place.  I purchased a Route 66 cap with lots of red white and blue bling, a New Mexico magnet and a Route 66 magnet for my refrigerator door collection!  We also bought someone a Christmas present, wooooo wonder who that is for!!

This is the one Roy picked out to buy!

Route 66 Map.  We driving from the first red dot you can see on the left to the one in Oklahoma City before heading south towards home!

This is the awesome car I picked out!  Very nice flames!!

Oh did standing in this telephone booth bring back lots of memories! 

We went on to Tucumcari, New Mexico where there was more to see.  Next up is the TeePee Curio shop!

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09.24.17 The Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – When we decided to go see the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa near Route 66 we really didn’t know what to expect.  It was very awesome, but I can’t even say I understand it at all, so I’ve included info from their website and a couple of their graphics/pictures along with the photos I took when we were there.

Blue Hole appears in the midst of the desert like a great blue gem. Once known as Blue Lake, it is one of seven sister lakes connected underground by a vast system of water. This wonder defines Santa Rosa even as it seems to defy the surrounding red mesas. Born of a geological phenomenon called the Santa Rosa sink, the place is magic—as water always is in a land of little rain. Nomadic tribes, cowboys driving their dogies cross the Pecos, and Americans going west on the Mother Road, Route 66, all sought respite here.

In 1932 Blue Hole became a National fish hatchery, morphed into the Blue Hole Recreation Area in the seventies, and more recently expanded to become the Blue Hole Dive and Conference Center. Not just for drivers wanting to get out of the fast lane or divers eager to get on down, it’s more than just a watering hole. Now it’s a destination meeting site for everyone from brides to board chairs. Halfway between Albuquerque and Amarillo, it’s within two hours’ drive of 80 percent of all New Mexicans.

Still, we never forget that the real sapphire is the incredible beauty of the Blue Hole itself. The lake is unsurpassed for its clear, pure water. That’s why we work so hard to protect it, ensuring, for example, that that surface runoff won’t impair its purity.  Like scuba divers who drive ten hours to get here, we know it’s the crystalline water that draws them in. Visibility is an astonishing 100’, due to the fact that the water completely renews itself every six hours—it’s truly never the same lake twice. What doesn’t change is the temperature—a constant 62 degrees.

  Roy wanted to see how cold the water was and he said very

This video shows the whole thing better than the pictures on.

 

That the first stop of a very busy Sunday on Route 66.  Next we went to the Route 66 Auto Museum also in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.  Wow, wow and wow!  I’ll share that next!

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