We got up early, loaded and pulled out about 9AM MST. We headed to Amarillo via Santa Fe. The views were very hazy, hard to even see the mountains, due to smoke from the wildfires in the area. We drove past Echo amphitheater, a natural amphitheatre located about 17 miles west of Abiquiú and about 4 miles from Ghost Ranch, home and famous subject of Georgia O'Keefe's artworks.
We were making much better time going "down-hill" and with the wind to Amarillo! We arrived around 6:40PM and went to eat with family. My cousin and his girlfriend also dropped by. While we were saying our goodbyes, a thunderstorm was trying to move in! This was an answered prayer for that area of Texas: They should have 9" of rain by this time, and have had less than 3" since the first of the year.
This morning was cloudy, making it slightly cool in Amarillo, more like we remember from past visits. We got up and going quickly, ate a great breakfast with the family and headed out. The trip back home was 8.5 hours, peaceful and uneventful. We stopped 3 times (once at the really nice state-run rest area), and only fueled up once between Amarillo and home.
We drove out of the helpful cloud-cover about Quannah. Once we arrived home, it was ONLY 104 degrees. We unloaded the trailer, took a break, then took her back to storage.
Until next time!
...and Happy 4th of July!