23 May 2008 | Painted Desert National Monument
I really enjoy walking through ancient places, looking around, and thinking how it was to live in such a place so long ago with no running water, electricity, heat, cooling. The wind was really blowing. Evidently the structures protected the people from the weather, among other things. After I left the monument I drove several hundred miles east through New Mexico until I reached the place I am writing from, Santa Rosa. It is a town that thrived when route 66 passed through it but is now rather sleepy. Sleepy enough so that I parked in the parked lot of an abandoned Pizza Hut within sight of the main drag and nobody seemed to care. Walked the dogs this morning to this great town park with playgrounds and a lake. Time to head off for another day on the road.