Today Avi and I will embark on what I'm calling our "Southwest Boogie". Translated, this means we are going to put the top down on the Mazda Miata and hit the road. Our itinerary is a wonderful combination of nature, culture, and scenery. We've even purchased a National Parks Pass for the occasion.
A quick rundown of our anticipated visits:
White Sands National Monument, NM
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Acoma Pueblo, NM
Painted Desert/Petrified National Forest, AZ
Grand Canyon, AZ
Bryce Canyon, UT
Avi's medical school roommate in Scottsdale, AZ
Chiricahua National Monument, AZ
Big Bend National Park, TX
Yes, it's ambitious, especially for a mere 10 days. But it will be a taste of many different things. And, speaking of taste, I've yelped and roadfooded several of our stops (along with memories of the best places Dan and I ate on some of the same route during our drive to Seattle). So food will be an added component to the trip. I KNOW we'll be stopping at Nellie's in Las Cruces, NM and The Frontier in Albuquerque, NM. But I'm hoping we'll find a few other "gems" as well.
So, stay tuned for some amazing scenery, interesting stories, and maybe even some birds!