Sunlit Water

February 18, 2009

Day One

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 8:48 pm

I left Albuquerque this morning and headed south on I-25.  I got off at Socorro and headed west on US 60.  My first stop was a brief one at the Very Large Array on the Plains of San Agustín, where I took some pictures.  I then kept going on US 60 to Pie Town, where I had a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie at the Daily Pie Cafe and took some more pictures.  Not that many people even in New Mexico know about Pie Town, but it’s a fascinating place: sort of an odd, very isolated quasi-ghost town with an economy based on pie.

After leaving Pie Town I kept going on US 60 into Arizona and stopped in Springerville, where I went on a tour of a fascinating archaeological site called Casa Malpais, ate some mediocre tacos, and took a few more pictures.  Then I kept going west on US 60 to Show Low, where I got a motel room for the night.  That’s where I am now.

Overall, it was a busy but rewarding day, and a good start to the trip.



  1. Plains of San Agustin and VLA, a couple of those great little nuggets that New Mexico is full of. I was there years ago (probably was about your age). The road was so empty and wide open and straight, that I was looking around a lot and therefor veering a bit on the road. You see far, means cops see you from afar. The trooper stopped me and had me practically unpack my whole car, I’m sure in the expectation of finding drugs or booze. No luck, so finally he grabbed my registration and demanded to know what year the Volkswagen was, I said, “1972, and it’s a Ford Pinto”. That seemed to shame him a bit and he gave up. However, I was a bit spooked and proceeded to pull into a campground at Datil Wells a few miles down the road where later that night he and a few friends kicked me to death in my sleeping bag the temperature fell from the 50s to 30 in less than an hour while I was cooking dinner (it was just before Thanksgiving).

    Comment by JP Stormcrow — February 19, 2009 @ 11:47 pm |Reply

  2. It gets cold in those mountains.

    Comment by teofilo — February 20, 2009 @ 12:29 am |Reply

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