Gila to Santa Fe – Day 9 of our Southwest Road Trip

This morning we left the ranch we were staying at near Gila and headed to Santa Fe. A bit down the road we saw a sign for a bakery and coffee shop. We couldn’t resist stopping for coffee and cinnamon roles. 


Next we did a hike along the Continental Divide Trail. 


The highlight of the day was seeing the Very Large Array (VLA).  It is 27 giant radio telescopes spread out along three legs of a Y. They work together to ‘see’ and study object in space. They can be moved over a system of railway tracks to get  different types of images. 

We are staying at the Hotel Santa Fe. The meal we had in their restaurant was fabulous. We started out with the corn vichyssoise. 


Then I had the salmon on a blackberry slaw and polenta and Duke had the beef tenderloin. 


At the Double E Ranch near Gila, New Mexico – Day 8 of our Road Trip

Today we didn’t get in the car. It was a nice change as we begin the second week of our road trip. We set out to do a hike from the front door of our cabin. First we walked down the creek for quite a ways. 


Then we decided to bushwhack our way back around the other side of the big bluff which overlooks the ranch. It was tough going and each of us got scraped a bit by thorns but the challenge was worth it. 


It was really good to get back to our cabin, shower and put our feet up!

Day 7 of our Southwest Road Trip – exploring around Silver City and Gila, New Mexico

Tuesday morning we hiked the Catwalk National Recreation Trail. Back in the 1890s miners installed a water pipe through Whitewater Canyon for the nearby mine. A catwalk through the canyon was needed to maintain the pipe. The mines went away but in the 1930s a  trail was built on the old catwalk.  A recent fire and a big flood seriously damaged the catwalk but it has been rebuilt.  We hiked the catwalk and a bit further up the canyon.




After our hike we drove into Silver City. We stopped at the visitor center, had a snack at Dairy Queen, drove around the historic center and toured the museum.


From Silver City we went Back to our cabin on a ranch near Gila. About 4 pm we had a thunderstorm and the power went out. No power just made the evening more of an adventure. We had flashlights and candles. This cabin is a perfect spot to sit on the porch and read. We enjoyed dinner on the front porch too. The power came back on about 8 am this morning.

Day 6 of our Southwest Road Trip. Phoenix to near Gila New Mexico. 

This morning we left Phoenix and took the Apache Trail up into the Superstition Mountains. First we came to Canyon Lake.  The road turned to gravel and the scenery to stunning canyons.


After about 30 miles of gravel we came to Theadore Roosevelt Dam where we had lunch.


The bridge by the dam is the longest steel single span bridge in a the United States.


After getting back to pavement we drove into New Mexico to a cabin near Gila. Right now we are sitting on the porch drinking wine and enjoying the peace and quiet.


The view is lovely.

I wasn’t sure whether I would mention it… but on a remote road near the eastern Arizona border we were pulled over by a very polite Arizona Highway Patrol officer who issued us a citation for flagrantly wasting finite resources!

Phoenix – day 5 of our Southwest Road Trip

It was suppose to be over 100 in Phoenix today so we got an early start. We were at the Desert Botanical Garden at 7:30.

About half way through our explorations we ate a great brunch at Gertrude’s the Botanical Garden restaurant.

Next we went to the Arizona State Capital. Duke and I are working on visiting all fifty state capitals. A lot of them look very similar. I liked the Arizona capital. It is pretty and different.


We also wandered around the grounds and looked at many of the monuments in the park in front of the capital. This one is two guns. One gun is from the USS Arizona that was sunk at Pearl Harbor at the beginning of World Ear II. The other gun is from the USS Missouri the ship on which the Japanese surrender was signed.


And this memorial is dedicated to police dogs.