I did take time for a quick trip into Oklahoma to visit another Whispering Giant, located in Beavers Bend State Park near the town of Broken Bow.
|Oklahoma Whispering Giant|
Other establishments in town still reflect the old Route 66 kitsch that once lured travelers to stop and spend money.
Moving on, I spent a couple days in Albuquerque, a town with lots to do, but most of which I've done before and didn't care to do again. Petroglyph National Monument has three units, and I had visited only one of them in the past. So, I chose to visit the Rinconada Canyon unit and photograph the petroglyphs. The canyon hike is about 2.5 miles, a lot of it in sand, and was disappointing with regard to the petroglyphs that could be seen. A sign pointed out one petroglyph said to be halfway up the ridge, but I never saw it. The sign noted that lighting was a big factor in seeing the petroglyphs, suggesting that shortly after sunrise or shortly before sunset would be best. Unfortunately, the park is only open between 8am and 5pm. Eventually, a few petroglyphs were visible, but not the number I had seen in the Piedras Marcadas Canyon years ago.
I've stayed in several different RV parks in Albuquerque, but this time tried one I had not used before, called Enchanted Trails. It's a nice enough park and allowed me to rest from driving so much and also catch up on laundry. The park, consistent with its Route 66 location, has several vintage trailers available for rent. A couple of them are accompanied by a vintage Hudson automobile to complete the 1950's image.
New Mexico has a reputation for having fiery sunsets, so I did get out one evening to capture a couple photos of a pretty nice one.