This is just the first of many Road Trips from Albuquerque to Arizona.
So you have decided on a “Road Trip.” Where would you go? How about our neighboring state, Arizona? Leaving Albuquerque, you get on I-40 West while Willie Nelson is singing “On The Road Again.” Life is good!
Before you enter Gallup, there is Red Rock State Park. You are in a speeding car and there is a haze over the mountain faces, which seems to be the norm of late. This combination makes for bad photos. The best way ito get a good shot is to stop, get out and shoot, but the State Police frown on your stopping on the Interstate Highway. So you are stuck with waiting for a rest area or shooting out a window. Unless your car windows are sparkling clean there will be foreign objects in your shots. If you open the passenger window, then the wind tries to grab your camera from your hands. This buffeting will cause severe camera shake that no camera as yet can handle. Another possibility is to exit, then pull over to shoot. But, you resisted getting out your camera, perhaps next time you will not resist.
So, the red rocks did not coerce you to break the law, but you do have to stop in Gallup for the less expensive New Mexican gas, that’s exit 16. Yes 16 miles from the Arizona border, but as you cross the border you exit for the Arizona Tourism rest area where you can get lots of help on hotels, places to visit, and a friendly cup of coffee.
Back on the road and in the far distant west you see the mountain range that is the home of Flagstaff, Arizona. It still has snow on and it calls to you, “Take my picture.” What can you do? You get out your camera and aim straight ahead.
See the slideshow for my comments on those shots through the windshield.
Flagstaff is located adjacent to Mount Elden, just south of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in the state of Arizona. Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet (3,850 m), is located about 10 miles (16 km) north of Flagstaff in Kachina Peaks Wilderness.