Tuesday, September 26, 17 – In Tucumcari we saw the Teepee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel and the Route 66 Monument at the Museum. If you’re counting that’s these three plus two in Santa Rosa that we saw all in one day. And we watched our home church’s worship service before all this!
Teepee Curios is a gift shop inside a large Teepee. One thing we’re finding on this trip is that all the Stuckey’s are closed. The buildings and the signs are still there but they are not open. When we walked up to the Teepee Curios and saw a sign that they sell Stuckey’s candy we almost ran inside. We love Stuckey’s Pecan Rolls so we each got two. I bought a Route 66 purse and a couple of Route 66 family gifts! I always want to remember this Route 66 journey so I am buying things that will help me do that!
The Blue Swallow Motel was on every list of things to see/do in Tucumcari and I could definitely see why! It reminded me so much of motels my parents and I would stay in when we’d go on vacation. I like how their website describes it:
The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.” Unlike the big corporately-owned chains, we are family owned and operated. With hospitality provided by owners Nancy, Kevin, Jessica, and Cameron, you will always be welcomed like family.
From the beautifully restored rooms, to the distinctive attached garages, to the fabulous neon display each night, a stay at the Blue Swallow is a unique experience that will leave you rested, refreshed, and with wonderful new memories. Come take a step back to a simpler time, meet your neighbors from around the world, and relax under the glow of the neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel. It will be a pleasure to have you stay with us!
Next are the insides of where guests park their cars when staying there. Their garage is next to their room.
Last thing in Tucumcari was the Route 66 Monument at their Museum. The Museum was closed but Dora and I took some photos with the Monument.
Dora seems to park herself in a way that gets her in lots of photos! She says she wants me to write one blog showing all the places she’s visited so we’re working on that!! Since we saw everything we wanted to in Tucumcari and had not yet killed ourselves from exhaustion we went on to Amerillo, TX where we are staying for three days to see Route 66 things here.
Here’s the road signs going from New Mexico to Texas. We are very glad to be back in Central Time Zone!
As soon as we entered Texas the landscape changed from mountains everywhere to being able to see as far as we looked with no mountains in the way. The sage and other bushes that were every where and I mean everywhere stopped. Beautiful crops all along the interstate were a joy to see. Guess as much as I love seeing the mountains in all their very various forms and colors, it is nice to again see the flatlands that will lead us to Louisiana in a few weeks!
The windmills were not seen until we crossed into Texas and they are everywhere!
If you think this was a long blog post imagine doing it all plus the last two in one day. By the end of the day I crawled to my bed and we slept until 11 am today!! We recovered enough to go to the RV Museum in Amarillo and buy some groceries. Again, this was one of those grocery shopping trips that included a lot of sweet things, but also a lot of fruits! I’ll share about the RV Museum in Amarillo next! Owning and living in an RV made this a very special place to visit!
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