1994: From Texas to New Mexico

A road trip in October 1994 from Paradise, Texas, as far west as Gallup, New Mexico, and back to Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas for the flight home.

During the trip we kept brief daily notes. There are not many photos. Before Taos on day four the camera was not working. Once it was repaired, Nicky was taking photos in black and white, while, in those days, I tended not to carry a camera on my trips. However we saved some mementos; postcards, pamphlets, and the like.

Nicky, who had trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design and Chelsea School of Art, wanted to see some of the places in New Mexico associated with Georgia O’Keefe while I was interested to see the Indian pueblos and cliff dwellings. At the time I was caving and therefore keen to see the Carlsbad Caverns. Thus our general aim was defined, with the actual route taken decided day by day as we went along.

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The trip followed one of my work meetings…

The meeting venue… Garrett Creek Ranch

Day 1: Garrett Creek Ranch to Canyon via Amarillo and B&B at the Hudspeth House
Day 2: Canyon, horse riding in Palo Duro, then on to Conchas Lake in  New Mexico
Day 3: Conchas Lake to Las Vegas NM and on to Taos and New Buffalo, Arroyo Hondo
Day 4: Taos Pueblo, Taos, and the Rio Grange Canyon
Day 5: New Buffalo to Abiquiú via the San Juan Mountains and Ghost Ranch
Day 6: O’Keefe House at Abiquiú – then to Bandelier via Puye Cliff Dwellings
Day 7: Bandelier National Monument: camping in the rain
Day 8: From Bandelier through the snow to Jemez Springs then on the Santa Fe
Day 9: In Santa Fe, then to the El Rancho in Gallup via Pecos
Day 10: Gallup to Zuni Pueblo, Malpais Lava Tubes, Acoma Pueblo, then to Socorro
Day 11: Socorro to Three Rivers Petroglyphs and sunset at White Sands then to Alamagordo
Day 12: Alamogordo to Cloudcroft, a hike in the White Mountain wilderness, then to Carlsbad
Day 13: Underground at Carlsbad Caverns, then to Odessa, Texas
Day 14: On the road: Odessa to Fort Worth and the Stockyards
Day 15: Postscript… free breakfast, hire car costs, and our own body guard!