Friday, April 10, 2009

From Las Cruces to Albuquerque

After leaving Las Cruces on I-25 to North the landscapes begun to be flat more and more and the mountains were "moving" back to the background

The weather was just perfect with all those patchy clouds in the blue sky

We crossed the Rio Grande River. For me it was the first time to see this well known river only from movies and books and now I could see this majestic river for real!

The Rio Grande in the United States, known as the Río Bravo (or, more formally, the Río Bravo del Norte) in Mexico, is a river, 1,885 miles (3,034 km) long, is the fourth longest river system in the United States[1] and serves as a natural boundary along the border between the U.S. state of Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.

The Rio Grande rises in the east Rio Grande National Forest in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is formed by the joining of several streams at the base of Canby Mountain, just east of the continental divide. From there, it flows through the San Luis Valley, then south into New Mexico through Albuquerque and Las Cruces to El Paso, Texas, where it begins to form the border between the U.S. and Mexico. A major tributary, the Río Conchos, enters at Ojinaga, Chihuahua, below El Paso, and supplies most of the water in the 1,254 miles (2,018 km) Texas border segment. Other known tributaries include the Pecos and the smaller Devils, which join the Rio Grande on the site of Amistad Dam. Despite its name and length, the Rio Grande is not navigable by oceangoing ships, nor are there smaller craft using it as a route. In fact it is barely navigable at all. Its natural flow is only 1/20 the volume of the Colorado River, and less than 1/100 that of the Mississippi.

Spectacular views on the road driving up the hills

The clouds in the sky made these pretty shadow effects at the mountains

Is this now a face or what - do you can see the same I do? :)

I liked to ride these "dips", down the hills and up again and guessing what will we see after that bow up there

It is the yellow grass that makes these yellow hills

Suddenly, the sky started being black and dark!

And windy gusts mixed with sand stared to blow, very strong!

These gusty winds filled with sand came closer and closer over to us on I-25

Here we go....! we had to drive trough a sand storm - Dave had to hold on strong to the wheel. But we made it fine to Albuquerque and were looking for our next place to stay for the night. Finally we've found it... far up in the hills on I-40 after Albuquerque - and it was freaking cold!!!

Hi my friends,

Thanks, thanks, thanks... again for all your nice comments! It's very nice to come here and to read them on my blog, it makes me happy, every single comment from you all!

One post more, or two and then I'll be up to date again with my postings :) Stay tuned!

We both don't celebrate Easter, but for all of you who are doing so: HAPPY EASTER!!

Susanne and David


Ferd said...

I have never driven this part of the country. It is spectacular in your photos. Almost like being there!

Dakota Bear said...

I wonder if that is what they call big sky country. the pictures are wonderful, I feel like I'm riding in the RV with you. I like the picture of the Rio Grande.

Be safe!

Anna said...

Hey Susanne, wow another great gallery of beautiful landscapes. Glad you made okay through the sand storm, must have been scary a bit, the clouds looked like tornado clouds. Oh and I love the photo with the tree, very nice. I wonder if Dave has to do many stops for you to take photos. Anna :) BTW Happy Easter to both of you.

The Retired One said...

I loved seeing the Rio Grande....

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Canvas Photos said...

The photos are very nice. Good scenery.

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

I love Winston and Truth or Consequences.

Susanne49 said...

Thanks for liking it :))

Nice to see new faces visiting, Harry!


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