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New Mexico and Arizona in one gulp (day three of my Oregon Trail)

(Continuing my cross-country move from Texas to Oregon…)

We spent just two and a half hours in New Mexico, covering half the state in 200 miles from El Paso. It was a pretty day, though surprisingly cold (in the 60s) for late April. The wind didn’t help. We were chilly every time we stopped for gas or a bathroom break.

welcome to New Mexico

welcome to New Mexico

Mexico in the distance

Mexico in the distance (the red line past the green)

mountains on the other side

mountains on the other side of I-10

a statuesque roadrunner

a statuesque roadrunner

welcome to Border Patrol

welcome to Border Patrol

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every bit of this gift shop was as crowded as it looks here

every bit of this gift shop was as crowded as it looks here

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We had lunch in Tuscon (my first time there, or anywhere in Arizona or New Mexico). Spur-of-the-moment research brought us to this marvelous restaurant called Cafe Poca Cosa, which was a hip, upscale bistro that prided itself on its innovative dishes and presentation.

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My mom got the chef’s platter, which was a sampling of three dishes of the chef’s choosing — and it was phenomenal. We boxed away what we couldn’t finish and had a good dinner that night, too.

After a short walk, we got back on I-10 to continue driving across Arizona, all the way to Blythe, right past the California border.

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first saguaro cactus sighting

first saguaro cactus sighting

and then there were hundreds of them.

and then there were hundreds of them.

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Coming up next: palm trees.

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