Daily Archives: February 18, 2010

On to New Mexico

On February 17, 2010, Ivan found out at 1 am that the couchsurfer in Santa Fe, New Mexico had canceled.  Great!  Ivan wrote to more couchsurfers.  We both looked for accommodations online.  Ivan thought we should go to Albuquerque instead.  It was an hour closer to Flagstaff.

In the morning, Ivan talked to Isaac about how our couchsurfer canceled at the last minute.  He also talked how we’d be headed out to  Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe.  He told Ivan about his friends who were also couchsurfers that lived in Albuquerque.  Ivan wrote them a message.  We said thank you and good-bye to Isaac. 

We drove to get breakfast.  We ate at Macy’s.  We had cous cous with saltanas and a yogurt with granola. 

We started driving to Albuquerque at 12:30 pm.


We saw a few different things on our travels of Route 66.  We saw Two Arrows, Jackrabbit and the La Posada Hotel. 

We stopped by to see the Wigwam Motel.  It’s not actually teepees but concrete that’s shaped as teepees. 


It looks pretty small inside.  In the parking lot, there’s a couple classic cars there.

We got a call from Leslie (Isaac & Marguerite’s friend in Albuquerque).  She said we could stay with them.  We were happy to hear that!  She said we should stop by and she’d give us suggestions for dinner.

I was taking a nap while Ivan was driving.  He woke me up saying Jen, the police.  I thought he was playing a joke on me.  But, I looked in the rearview window and sure enough a police car was chasing us.  The guy who pulled us over was nice.  He said that the GPS unit was blocking the driver’s view, the license plate was obstructed and Ivan was driving in the wrong lane.  Ivan said he was from England and showed his driver’s license.  The license plate has a frame around it so you can’t fully read the Nevada on the top.  Ivan said he would move the GPS unit from the window.  The cop said it’s alright.  He let us go.  I guess he was just bored. 

We arrived about  7:30 pm.  Leslie was having a meeting.  She recommended Garduno’s for good southwestern food.  We drove there.  Ivan had chicken fajitas and I had a great honey and chili chicken dish. 

We went back to the house. We met Andy, Lesley’s husband.  Ivan also saw their cute daughter.

We chatted with Lesley and Andy for awhile.  They gave us lots of tips on Albuquerque, Santa Fe and New Orleans. 

We went to bed early since we were so tired from not getting much sleep the night before.


Grand Canyon

Ivan and I went to breakfast at Brandy’s on February 16, 2010.  It was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins  and Dives.  We had a lovely meal of eggs brandy (like eggs benedict except without the bacon) and trout and eggs.

We started driving to Grand Canyon.  Ivan wanted to see Grand Canyon.  It was my second visit.  I noticed Bedrock City in Valle, Arizona.  I went there as a kid  with my family.  Ivan thought we should go in since it was only $4 per person since it’s off season.  It’s a recreation of The Flintstones Bedrock City.  It’s pretty kewl.  The train ride wasn’t functional and it was empty.  I rode down the slide. 


We checked everything out like Fred’s house. 

We set again towards Grand Canyon.  We arrived at the Visitor’s Center.  We walked to see the amazing view.  We hiked a little bit.  The canyon is massive and really breathtaking.


We drove to Grandview Point which is the highest point at the Grand Canyon.  Then, we drove to Desert View Watch Tower.  We saw a nice sunset there. 

We drove back to Isaac and Marguerite’s house.  They cooked us a tasty dinner.  Holly and Josh (the British couple we met the night before) came over.  Holly really wanted to get hypnotized.

Ivan hypnotized Holly and it was very entertaining.


Off to Arizona

On February 15, 2010, Ivan and I started off on our road trip of America.  We left at 2:30 pm from Las Vegas headed to our first stop of Flagstaff, Arizona.  We were going pretty well until we came closer to Hoover Dam.  There was lots of traffic and it took us 50 minutes to get through.  I think it was the construction and slow pace drivers go since they want to get a glimpse of the dam.

We stopped at Mr D’z for a snack.


Ivan really wanted to take Route 66 in Arizona but we were running too late.  We would do it on our way back. 

It started getting cold outside.  I noticed snow on a building.  I asked Ivan if it was real snow.  He said It must be.  I didn’t expect Flagstaff to be so cold.

We arrived in Flagstaff in 5 hours.  Isaac and Marguerite, the couchsurfers we were staying with, invited us to their friend Scott’s house for dinner.  There was a British couple named Holly and Rick there that we wanted to host in Las Vegas but couldn’t since we’d be on our trip.  The dinner was nice and we all chatted for awhile.


Road trip!

Hello!  I’m Jennifer.  Ivan and I will be setting off on a 7 week road trip of America.  This blog will chronicle our travels through this big country.

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