The Block Island Times

Travels with Dodger

By Ray Torrey | Apr 03, 2013
Courtesy of: Ray Torrey Ray, Sue and their dog Dodger pose outside "Site 51" in Roswell, NM.

Last Tuesday, March 19, we posted our last update from Del Rio, Texas after a long drive from Austin. Off Wednesday on Route 90 west to Marathon,Texas and then south again 100 miles to the Big Bend National Park.

The park totals more than 800,000 acres along the Rio Grande where the river veers suddenly northward in a great horseshoe bend. We spent two nights in the little Town of Terlingua, outside the park, and explored the many side roads and canyons. We found a strange underground restaurant, La Kiva, where the food and beverage was also strange.

Back north again on Friday, through beautiful desert scenery, lunch in the small town of Alpine and then on up into New Mexico, through Carlsbad and to our destination Roswell, the UFO Capitol of the Universe. We toured the famous International UFO Museum (very strange) and then after cruising around finally found Site 51, but were not admitted because they thought Dodger was an alien.

Saturday again north to Santa Fe through flat desert, cattle ranches, straight two-lanes, strong winds and tumbleweed. Santa Fe, the "different city,” is very cool. Flat-roofed adobe buildings and an historic downtown plaza ringed with shops, hotels and restaurants. We paid a visit to the American painter Georgia O'Keefe’s museum and were rewarded with an additional exhibit by Annie Liebovitz — the legendary photographer.

Sunday, continuing north, we stopped in Taos for Sunday brunch then northwest over high mountain plains and forest (temperature down to 20 degrees) and we passed into Colorado and arrived at the neat town of Durango.

In the morning, after watching the historic Durango-Silverton Steam Railroad depart on its daily tour, it was southwestward to Four Corners through some spectacular rock formations. This is the only place in the U.S. where the borders of four states come together and is marked with a plaque — so we had our picture taken standing simultaneously in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. Driving west and then north we arrived in Page, Ariz. and after checking into the hotel checked out the Glen Canyon Dam. The bridge across the Colorado is more then 500 feet above the river.

A landslide in February caused the closing of Route 89, the main road south to the Grand Canyon, so on Tuesday morning we backtracked for 60 miles and still arrived at the Canyon by noon. Viewing the Grand Canyon from many sites and walking with Dodger along the south rim trail was an awesome experience. Words cannot describe it. If you have not seen it, do it! Because it was spring break week, we had to take the last pet friendly hotel room, outside the park. Until now our trip has been within budget but we really got gouged.

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