Joanna and I were invited west this summer to work with Cedar Breaks National Monument in Southwestern Utah.
A week ago we packed up and began our trek from the east. Here are just a few of our stops along the way:
Mile High Pie @ Blue Springs Cafe – Saline, Illinois
How could we say no to a slice of pie that stands a foot high? Our stomaches followed the interstate signs to see what it was all about. Turns out this rather large pie has been featured a time or two on Food Network.
Re-fueled and hungry no more, we headed onwards through Missouri and Oklahoma along Route 66.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
After a thunderous night in Clinton, Oklahoma, we sailed through the panhandle of Texas, before finally stopping at Clines Corners’ famous Travel Center, loaded with Native American Crafts and unique oddities.
We then slipped into Albuquerque, just as the sun was beginning to set, hell bent on finding some local cuisine to appease our ravenous appetites.
This brought us to Old Town Albuquerque, a fun little historic district filled with novel and romantic depictions of the old southwest in landscape, architecture, theme, food, and design.This is where we found the Church Street Cafe . The Cafe boasts of genuine South West recipes four generations old. And, if that isn’t enough, their building, Casa de Ruiz, is one of the oldest structures in New Mexico, dating back to 1706!
After roaming the haunted streets of Old Town, we decided to indulge in Lonely Planet’s Do-It-Yourself Breaking Bad Tour. Many of the sights were homes used in the Breaking Bad t.v. show. Since it was almost midnight, we felt a bit creepy lurking in front of residential homes, but we had great fun at the Car Wash.
El Morro National Monument & Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
On a random off-chance we saw a pamphlet for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary while we were at Clines Corners. As we would never pass up a chance to see and support wolves, we made the detour the next morning, stopping at El Morro National Monument along the way.
Although not depicted in the pictures here (due to being very short on time), there are over 2,000 inscriptions, signatures, petroglyphs, dates, and messages carved into the beautiful sandstone by Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish, and American travelers.
Unfortunately, I do not have any photographs ready from our experiences at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. We will be posting an entry just for the Sanctuary soon.
Friends. Who can live without friends? We stopped in at Flagstaff to stay with a good friend. He took the time to show us around Flagstaff a bit.
We stopped in a Macy’s for lattes, a sweet treat, and to listen to voicemail poems at a phone booth.
Then, we wandered around town.
We then did a sunset hike on Fatmans Loop Trail before going to sleep and making our final jaunt to Cedar Breaks National Monument.