We left our Oklahoma campground at 5:30am because there was a break in the noisy thunderstorm which had awakened us. We drove though the tip of the Texas panhandle, still on Highway 54, on our way to pick up I-40 in Tucumcari NM. Miles away, you could see this giant “bump” on the horizon which turned out to be the Tucumcari Mountain, right at the intersection of Hwy 54 and I-40.
The scenery was so stark and harsh — but amazing. One awesome land formation after another, no two alike.
We got to the Petrified Forest National Park along I-40 in Arizona by late afternoon. The Painted Desert is in the north end of the Park. The colors in the late afternoon sun were glowing.
The colorful layers of earth were gorgeous.
The petrified wood looked like wood — but it looked like stone too. Just awesome!
Several hours later, we FINALLY made it to my cousin’s mountain home south of Heber AZ. . .just in time for a rare cloud on the horizon near sunset.