We stopped briefly
in St Louis and took a picture of the arch marking
the official entry to St Louis. The next night was in Springfield,
Missouri. It is located along the banks of the Mississippi river. All
of the riverboat casinos are located along the river and you have to
walk from the main entrance onto to the river boat.
During the day ,
Monday Mar 27th we drove through Oklahoma and into
Amarillo, Texas were we are spending the night. We saw first hand the
extent of the fires that have raged across Texas. Miles and miles of
scorched earth along the highway and in fact it had been closed the
day before! I included some pictures of what the plains across Texas
normally look like. Amarillo, Texas is 3000 km's from Ottawa, Canada!
Mar 28th, we wanted
to visit the historic district in Amarillo, expecting it to be the
same as Santa Fe or some of the other cities we have visited. It was
a big disappointment.
It appeared to be an ordinary street with a few antique shops and lots of bars on the windows. We decided not to stop. We did visit an area with historic homes from the 1905 era and this picture is one of the homes we saw.
left Amarillo and headed for Roswell, New Mexico,
a 4 hour drive. On the way we passed through Hereford
and Bovina, and yes you can imagine that these towns
base their industry on cattle. The reason these are
of note is that we saw feedlots of thousands of cattle
and the smell was very strong! Not a great place
Then we come to Roswell, New Mexico. We expected it to be a tacky place based on the UFO's etc, however we were pleasantly surprised and how modern and industrious it is. Main industry is driven by the US New Mexico Military Institute and of course dairy as shown by the pictures. We visited the UFO museum which is based on the UFO landings in 1947, which apparently the government covered up.
Next we are heading to the White Sands National Monument.
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