...zig-zagging through Arizona on the Fourth of July...
...there's some pretty scenic sights to see along the way...
...who doesn't like scenic waterways and giant semi-trucks filled with Little Debbie cakes?
We were headed towards Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to try something new.
We had a scheduled appointment for later in the evening but we weren't in any rush...
Detouring at every interesting road along the way...
Mr. Jenny took it in his pretty little head that we should follow a very tiny road over a very high hill.
It did not go as well as he hoped.
Volcanic rocks are slippery beneath two-wheel drive truck tires
There was a little bit of screaming in terror on the attempted trip up.
And I was screaming a little bit, too.
Get it? Mr. Jenny was screaming? Get it?
After we made it back to the main road, we agreed.
"Straight to Truth or Consequences. No more detours!"
We almost kept our word.
Da da da da da.
(insert Close Encounters of the Third Kind music here)
Far in the distance we saw some weird things.
We drove and drove and as we got closer we realized they were giant radio dishes.
There was a side road marked "VLA" so we decided to follow it to the radio dishes.
It was a really cool place.
VLA means 'Very Large Array' and Mr. Jenny realized it was the place that the movie "Contact" with Jodie Foster was filmed.
We hopped out and toured the VLA facility.
It was quite fascinating.
Located at a high elevation, the weather felt much cooler than home.
(I guess it doesn't take much to feel cooler than 115 degrees, though...sigh)
Breezes made it comfortable as we walked all around the outside displays.
We only saw four other people there while we went through the self-guided tour.
It was a really, really interesting zig-zag.
We were glad we had stopped, but we realized that a monsoon was coming in and we still had some miles to cover to get to our 8 o'clock pm appointment in Truth or Consequences.