big open spaces

so much ground has been covered since the last real update.  that was a terrible pun.  but it is quite literal.  i will try to bring you up to speed.

flagstaff:  it was the longest quick drive i’ve ever taken.  that road through nowhere was kind of eerie, as the sun was setting and you didn’t know how much longer you were going to be on it.  even close to the end when we had finally received cell phone reception, map loaded up showing we were only about 10 minutes out of flagstaff…there’s still no tease of civilization.  i kept thinking, and saying, in desperation, “where is everyone?!?”  not that evan knew either, but you feel a little crazy not knowing if this road will ever end.   we arrive to a small, picturesque town.  stayed at the drury inn.  which sounds a lot like dreary, but this location had just been renovated, so it was not dreary looking at all.  the hotel happened to be right next to the campus of northern arizona university.  free breakfast.  biscuits and gravy.  moving on.

quick stop in gallup, nm for lunch.  sonic!  our server did not wear roller-skates, so i was very upset by the false advertising in their commercials.  tater-tots.  cherry limeade.  keep on truckin’.

santa fe:  really beautiful place, wish i could have spent more time here.  the quintessential southwest.  stayed at the hotel santa fe, where it was appropriately decorated in the regional flavor.  so far the best shower of the trip.  saw lighting!  after living in los angeles for over 3 years, we didn’t get many storms that produce lighting– so it was a treat to see the flashes light up the sky.  only a quick walk to downtown, lots of art galleries and restaurants.  also, best meal of the trip thus far.  coyote grill.  the real restaurant was way to expensive, so we ate at the cantina…much more casual but same caliber of food.  shrimp ceviche, polenta cakes, grilled spiced-rubbed pork tenderloin.  too amazing.

unfortunately by that point it seemed that i had gotten some altitude sickness.  when you live at sea level for most of your life, being at 7,000 ft can do that.

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to be continued…there is more to tell.  but it’s bedtime.

before i go–

as of tonight, over 1,600 miles have been traveled in our journey, and so that puts us at the halfway mark.  hurray!  smack-dab in the middle of the country, in the middle of our journey, tulsa, oklahoma.

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About mariel

new yorker. tv freelancer. pork bun enthusiast. cat person.
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2 Responses to big open spaces

  1. kitchendoor says:

    OH COME ON, you’re seriously not going to make a Middle of Nowhere reference? I am on the edge of my seat over here.

  2. mariel says:

    it started at a bus stop, in the middle of nowhere….

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