RV Travels: Weekly Wanderings #6 – Kirtland
We left Santa Fe on Sunday and headed to Kirtland (New Mexico) where we've been all week. We are in the four corners region. The four corners being the spot where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet.
There is nothing here. EXCEPT some great badlands called the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, an amazing rock formation called Shiprock (which reminds me of Monument Valley), and a national park called Chaco Culture National Historical Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with fantastic ancient ruins. See peeks of all those spots on my Instagram feed (posts to come).
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But besides that, nothing, nada.
The area is predominantly Native Americans and oil workers. We are staying in a nice clean RV park where 90% of the occupants are seasonal oil workers. The area is kind of depressing, but its natural wonders are fantastic.
We woke up Tuesday morning to snow, our first in the RV and that was fun. It melted by midday and we went out for sunset shooting.
Super cold and overcast weather kept us in the RV all day Wednesday, but it was very cozy and being a homebody, I was quite content to “stay home.” We spent the rest of the week capturing as much as we could and will be heading back to Arizona on Sunday.
Our plan had been to leave on Monday, but another snowstorm is coming through and so we are hitting the road early and staying in Flagstaff Saturday and Sunday night before going for the first service appointment for our big guy in Tolleson (never heard of it either!). It gives us an opportunity to sneak over to the Grand Canyon.
I warned Mr. Misadventures that no matter what, we have to get back early enough because I am not missing the Oscars!
This time of year I am always homesick for my old job at Dolby where I got to do social media for events like the Grammys and the Oscars. All my old colleagues are in Hollywood right now for the Oscar rehearsal prep and I wish I was there!
We'll be in Gold Canyon for most of March. I have friends coming in for Spring Training games. I'll be heading out to Irvine to speak at the WITS summit (you can still buy tickets to go!) as well as finishing taxes (ugh).
We spent three and a half weeks in New Mexico and I really enjoyed it. I didn't have expectations, but I will say from a nature perspective it does offer beautiful sunsets and interesting places to visit.
I have one regret. I wanted to go to the nuclear museum in Albuquerque, but we just ran out of time. I grew up during the Cold War with the threat of Russian nuclear war always in the background and it would have been interesting to see the museum. Another time I guess.
Trip details and expenses on this leg of our trip:
> 206 miles
> San Felipe Travel Plaza diesel fuel 19.231 gallons X $1.759 = $33.83
> TOTAL Expenses: $33.83
> RV Park: Homestead RV Park
That’s it for this week! Happy escaping! Follow me on Instagram for real-time activities from Gold Canyon!
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Wow you used to work for events like the Grammys and Oscars? That sounds like a great gig!
@Hung, it was SO much fun, I miss it!
Thses pictgures look very stunning beautiful photos
It is so nice to be able to travel like this. The RV looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing the great pictures
What a great adventure and thank you for sharing with us,
Who would have thought you’d get so much snow in NM???
@Kristin, we were surprised ourselves, the entire 3+ weeks we were in NM we had freezing conditions every night.
I have never heard of kirtland but it seems like one of those places that you should go and get some good beer and do some camping! Or glamping! I think that’s my style.
Love these photos! <3
These are such great pictures! It must be so cool to live like you’re doing. Traveling around and seeing all these places and experiencing life. So, so cool. 🙂
Even a place called the badlands can be beautiful. There is always something out there when you think there is nothing.