When I left Sun City, I drove for around 2 hours, and stopped at Picacho Peak & visited the Arizona Nuthouse - how could I pass that up? They had a nice gift shop with Arizona-made crafts, plenty of nuts, candy and ice cream too.
|Barrel Cactus at the AZ Nuthouse|
Almost to New Mexico.
This really reminds me of all those Westerns I watched when I was a kid.
I stopped at the first "Welcome Center" I came to in New Mexico. While I was inside, one of the other travelers was talking to the woman behind the counter & I heard her (the tourist) telling the story of this sign. It seems that her father designed & built these signs for New Mexico. After having been at the state borders for many years, it was decided that they weren't big enough to be safe & would be replaced. Lucky for me, they moved at least this one to the Welcome Center, instead of just trashing it.
|I didn't run into any dust storms in New Mexico. It was clear & calm all the way across the state.|
|I actually took this picture to show my friend who's husband works for a company that hauls giant loads like this - they moved the Spruce Goose - and was happily surprised to see the Continental Divide sign!|
|I loved this metal sculpture at one of the rest areas!|
|Just the Roadrunner, no coyote.|