Not wanting to go back to Santa Fe because Ava and I had been there the summer of 2011, we chose to stay last night somewhere we’d never been before…Los Alamos. We knew the name was “familiar” but sure didn’t remember it was the hub of activity during the 1940’s known for developing the atomic bombs (a/k/a Manhattan Project), attributed to ending World War II.

I simply chose it because it wasn’t Santa Fe. I kept picturing going back into Santa Fe where Ava fell in love with New Mexico and wanted to live and, the more I tried to see me there, the more I saw all that was going to happen was to make me lose myself in my pain. That wouldn’t be fair to Patty nor to me. After all, we were taking this road trip because I needed a break from all the stress of getting Ava’s Corner ready and kicked off. I wanted views and that’s why I chose Los Alamos.

As we drove at dusk up SR 4 toward Los Alamos, I was reminded of the fifteen-foot wide road through Zion National Park! I was driving on the very precipice of a hundred-foot drop to nowhere and I was scared. I have very debilitating vertigo, which Patty didn’t know until this moment.

I kept telling Patty, “I can’t do this! Really, I can’t do this!” My stomach had a constant roller-coaster-ride-like drops as my white knuckles clung to the steering wheel as if holding the wheel tighter would stop a three thousand pound truck from going over a cliff! Somehow, it did! LOL

Patty, on the other hand, kept singing, “She’ll be comin’ ’round the mountain when she comes” while I’m suffering. I don’t even remember her singing! Finally, we got to the top and stayed in the worst Motel 6 I’ve ever stayed in. The town is cute and we even enjoyed their Christmas parade as we walked Montana, but their Motel 6 needs to be razed!

This morning, we realized we had to drive back down the way we came up. I explained to Patty that going down next to the wall is totally different from driving up next to the cliff. We pulled over for a few view shots and, before we knew it, we were safely at the bottom! We both were amazed at the time-lapse difference! It felt like a thirty-minute drive up and a ten minute drive down!

The drive down SR 4 leaving this morning

The drive down SR 4 leaving this morning

Magnificent views

Magnificent views

Did I mention snow was coming in?

Did I mention snow was coming in?

After getting to Albuquerque, we settled into our new Motel 6 and headed for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. I try to go into at least one every trip and this was a must.

Tomorrow, we go to the Turquoise Museum and Old Town!

We decided to stay over an extra night to rest up for the haul back to Tennessee. I’m glad Patty talked me into doing that.

Happy Trails!

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