Driving, being in awe, and driving some more.

When they told me Texas was big, they weren’t joking. I found a great picture the other day for comparison.
In the past few days I’ve driven across all of Europe basically. It’s flat. The roads are long and straight. But for some reason, I don’t get bored. I put on cruise control, listen to my documentary podcasts about murders, robberies, rapes, and other crimes, and get educated in the Swedish crime history while driving. It’s great! Well, except for the fact that some of the podcasts are quite upsetting…

Anyway. I drove from Marble Falls the other day, and knew that it would just be a travel day. I had looked at the map though, and saw that I would be passing by a cinema, so I timed it so that I could go see a movie. I decided to see Trainwreck, a film with the tagline “not your mother’s romantic comedy”, and it’s rated R here because of the sex and swearing. An R-rating means you have to be 17 and over, so imagine my surprise when the girl working there asked for ID. I just stared at her, before handing it over and telling her that I promise I’m over 17. So offended. I do NOT look like a teenager! I’m fine with them asking for ID when I get a beer, but this was just… and even worse when I googled later and realized that when it’s released in Sweden, it will be from 11 years! Oh wow. We take violence a lot more serious than sex and swearing in Sweden. You can even swear on TV, it’s no big deal.
I spent the night in a little town called Big Spring in Texas. Nothing special really, but it was my last day in Texas! But I had a lot more miles to go, of long and straight highways…

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The last one is at the Bottomless lakes national parks in New Mexico. Oh, and yes, I saw some bicycle tourists! There were a lot of them, so I’m guessing they were out on an organized trip.

After I had passed into New Mexico, I soon came to a little town called Roswell. It’s famous for a UFO crashing nearby in 1947, though it was really a air force surveillance balloon. Enthusiasts believe that it’s a cover up by the military though, and reports that there have been several sightings of UFO’s since that time. They even have a UFO museum there, which I of course had to visit! I was also a big fan of the 1999 TV show Roswell, which made it even more fun. IMG_4699 IMG_4707 IMG_4709
I LOOK SO WEIRD! I forgot to bring my glasses and only had my sunglasses, and even though I walked around with them on in there because I enjoy seeing where I’m going, it would have looked weird for the picture. So I removed them. I look weird. I love my glasses. 
Roswell! Such a great show. Well, maybe not by today’s standards. I believe it’s on Netflix though! Or that was a lie, I know it is because I have seen a few episodes…

After Roswell I headed north towards Albuquerque. Wow, that is a complicated name. More roads. But it was very pretty, I finally saw some bigger mountains, and an insane rainstorm. Luckily it was on the field beside me, and I didn’t have to drive through it.
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After a night in Albuquerque I headed for Arizona this morning. I had googled “what should I do between Albuquerque and Flagstaff” and the internet told me to visit the Petrified Forest National Park, and a meteor crater. Thank you internet!

North western New Mexico and Arizona are both SO beautiful. Rough, but with the most amazing hills and landscape. I love it! And the sky is amazing too. Blue and endless.
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When I entered the Petrified Forest I had really no idea what to expect. I didn’t know anything about it and had little to no expectations, but wow. I started driving and less than a minute later I pulled over onto the first overlook and was amazed. The red landscape was unlike something I have ever seen before.
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Look at this little house, doesn’t it look like something from Flintstones?

Every single time there was an overlook, the landscape looked completely different. It was so amazing.
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I took this photo just because I knew it would freak my mother out. It did! My self timer is for 10 seconds so I had to run to even get a shot with me in it. It took four tries… 

As I pulled into the last stop, a guy standing by a bunch of motorcycles waved me over. He wanted me to take a picture of him and his three brothers who were driving cross country on their bikes. I took a bunch of photos and then I got to try out one of the bikes. They thought I should switch vehicle, and I felt kind of tempted… haha nah, I’ve driven a moped before but unlike the 70’s when you got a motorcycle license for free along with your car license in Sweden, that had changed in 2004 when it was my turn. But they were so nice and they’re going to Grand Canyon tomorrow too, would be funny if we met again.
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The last stop on the 26 mile/42 km drive was to the actual petrified forest. It’s wood that million and million of years ago turned from wood to rocks and minerals. It looks like wood from a distance, but when you get close you can see that it’s not.
I love the petrified forest and would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

Cherry Bomb and I headed back out on the i-40 highway, this time with destination Barringer meteor crater. All I knew about this place was that a meteor hit the earth around 50 000 years ago, and the crater is still there. It was very impressive, especially when I learned just how small the actual meteor who made that HUGE hole was. Supposedly it was just 45 meter/150 feet wide, and that crater is really big.
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Me: Could you take a photo of me?
Woman: Sure!
Me: *gets suspicious* Where are you from?
Woman: Denmark.
Me: Jaha! Jag är från Sverige!

I’m disappointed I couldn’t spot them being Scandinavians right away, but the moment she opened her mouth I knew. There are a lot of Danes here! No Swedes so far though, but I suspect I’ll meet some as I get to more touristy areas. 

And that was the entire drive from Texas to Arizona. Tonight I’ve done some washing and planning, and tomorrow I’m heading for Grand Canyon. I will almost be hitting a different national park now every day for weeks, I’m excited! This country is beyond beautiful.