February 6, 2015, El Paso- Day One of my present journey started with a round of prayers, at the home of my steadfast morning devotions partner. Getting my car’s tires rotated and balanced was the next order of business, along with a “Cheater’s Breakfast” of cinnamon crumb Bear Claw and coffee. No apologies to the Diet Police are in order.
I set out around 11:30, headed through my oft-trod route of I-17, AZ 101 and US 60, past the Valley of the Sun, the Superstition Mountains, and across eastern Arizona and southern New Mexico. There were few stops, as my late start dictated making tracks. Dinner was healthy, grilled cod and lightly steamed mixed vegetables at Kranberry’s, the best restaurant in Lordsburg, NM. The day ended with a gorgeous 3/4 moon, rising over Las Cruces, as I made one last stop at the Rest Area,just west of town. Then, El Paso came into view, thirty minutes later and I settled into this comfortable Red Roof Inn.
I have not taken photos of the intervening locales, as they will be subjects of weekend excursions between this March and December, 2016. The delights are many: More of the Superstitions; Superior and Boyce Thompson Arboretum; Globe and Miami; San Carlos Apache Community; the flats of Graham County and their eponymous mountain; the Duncan Valley and, to its north, the Graham-Greenlee Trail, roughly between Safford and Clifton. Then, too, there remain a return to Silver City and Gila Cliff Dwellings, a possible astronomy weekend, somewhere outside Lordsburg, and a few hours in the Deming area.
See how this whole road trip thing is a series of Chinese boxes, or Katuschka dolls? Well, the missions are always manifold- Prayers, spiritual conversations, and educating about oils are parts of any journey, beyond just seeing things and taking photos. So, I will head on over to breakfast, as it’s already Saturday morning- and bring my supplements with me. Health is a fine conversation starter.