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Bucket List Dreams – Little Colorado River Gorge

Litte Colorado River Gorge Overlook

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The Little Colorado River Gorge is a beautiful scenic outlook in the Navajo Nation. We began our drive passing the enticing Navajo Tacos, and abundant Native American souvenir shops just taking in all of the sights and local culture. All of the landscapes are tremendous and aesthetically pleasing on this stretch. You can really appreciate natures candy to the fullest.

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Along the way you may see many wonders including The Grand Canyon, The Painted Desert, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Volcano National Crater and The Petrified Forest. I am ecstatic that my bucket list dreams brought me to explore both The Little Colorado River Gorge and the Grand Canyon.

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The Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park offers mighty views of the sandstone and limestone gorge and canyons. The Little Colorado River Gorge is alluring and marvelous. I was instantly drawn to the serene and natural beauty of the grand rock formations and also its massive, steep and jagged canyon. The rocky ravine was captivating as it was unnerving. The vistas and cliffs offer captivating viewpoints.

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We stopped at The Little Colorado River Gorge to explore the area on our way to The Grand Canyon, South Rim. They have many artisans and vendors from the Navajo Native American tribe selling handmade jewelry, pottery and decor at the Cameron Trading Post.

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We walked down to the canyon and witnessed some of the most massive and incredible landscapes you could imagine. I couldn’t quite fathom just how beautiful and inspiring the panoramic terrains were.  You will see several posted signs to watch for desert snakes and scorpions as you make your way throughout the gorge.

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The Little Colorado River Gorge offers multiple vantage points and offers information about the Navajo Nation and Little Colorado River. The colorful desertscapes and ravine  are worth being on everyone’s bucketlist. Happy travels!

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And my bucketlist dreams just keep coming true!

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With All My Love,

The Vintage Gypsy

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”– Rumi

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Bucket List Dreams – Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town- The Heart and Soul of Albuquerque

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Old Town Albuquerque is a melting pot of rich history and Native American culture dating back many centuries. The Ancient Puebloan Indians where the first settlers in these lands that extended throughout what we know today as The Four Corners regions.  Pueblo Indians constructed impressive dwellings and many ancient tribes lived along the Colorado and Rio Grande River. Ancient Puebloan’s built structures called pueblos. You can still visit some of these ancient multi-house dwellings today. In addition, they also set up trading posts.

Spanish settlers also migrated to the area and lived amongst the Native Americans. They cultivated what is known as Old Town today. Historic Old Town and Old Town Plaza is the heart and soul of Albuquerque. Located across the Old Town Plaza is San Felipe de Neri Church. San Felipe de Neri church is adobe-style in architecture and is the oldest church in ABQ.

The Pueblo-Spanish inspired architecture can be seen all through Albuquerque characterized by the numerous adobe style, stucco, low flat-top dwellings. Albuquerque is rich in heritage and it is truly evident when you engross yourself in the civilization and history before you.

Albuquerque is home to 22 tribes and 19 pueblos. If you are interested in learning more about the history of these tribes you can visit some cliff dwellings, pit houses and pueblos. Please remember, when you visit a Native American reservation you are a visitor at their home. Also, you are now on tribal land and subjected to tribal laws.

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In Old Town Plaza there are many artisans from various local tribes hand-making pottery, dream-catchers and authentic turquoise and sterling silver jewelry.  I fell in love with everything here.

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Note: There are actually many trading posts throughout New Mexico so I definitely recommend you visit one during your trip. You will find the most unique items for yourself and special and beautiful gifts for your loved ones. Also, you’ll be helping support many Native American tribes to continue to hone their crafts and share their culture with the world.

Nob Hill- This is the art district of Albuquerque. Nob Hill is located on Central Ave by the University of New Mexico. When you walk this stretch you are actually walking down the Historic Route 66! They have some amazing street art on display here for you to appreciate and immerse yourself in.

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Route 66- Get your kicks on Route 66! I loved all of the old vintage and retro motels and gas stations. There is something so special, so surreal, about being deadlocked and centered in such an iconic piece of American history. You can really appreciate days past when you are looking at what was and what is side by side.

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Breaking Bad Experience- If you’re a die-hard fan of the hit T.V. show Breaking Bad you can catch a tour of many popular locations featured on the show including Walt and Jesses houses and Los Pollos Hermano. I did not do the tour but I loved visiting The Candy Lady candy store and meeting The Candy Lady herself.

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The Candy Lady- This candy shop is all things Breaking Bad. Many Breaking Bad fans come here to get some iconic “blue” candy and see the candy lady. She supplied all of the candy for the first few seasons of the show. We even got to go in the back room and see the setup for the blue candy and take wild photographs with Walt and Jesse life-size cardboard cutouts. We even had the apron, hat and glasses to give you the total Heisenberg experience. The total Breaking Bad experience is tons of fun.

 

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Spaceship House- This is one of those Atlas Obscura finds that you’d never know about unless you did some digging. The Spaceship house was so eccentric you’d have to see it to believe it. The Spaceship house looks entirely like a UFO from an old sci-fi film.

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Petroglyph National Monument- Sacred Native American landscapes and ancient petroglyphs and volcano rock. Boca Negra Canyon has a great hike and trail where you can see numerous petroglyphs in their natural state that have been preserved for centuries. Petroglyph National Monument has three canyons for you to explore. The hike is fairly easy and is not time consuming. It’s well worth the visit.

 

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ABQ BioPark- The Albuquerque biopark is pure enchantment. The fantasy gardens will really bring your imagination to life. They have the most beautiful fantasy gardens complete with unicorns and butterflies sculptures. They have this huge pumpkin dome house you can go inside and these adorable red mushrooms lining up the path. The Albuquerque BioPark has a lovely pond centered in the park and gazebo with colorful lights strung about. They have so many sculptures and the most gorgeous iron and metal work of enchanting dinosaurs and radioactive bugs. The foliage colors are just divine! I seen the richest colors of oranges, reds and yellows all throughout the park and gardens. After exploring the enchanting biopark we checked out the aquarium. At the aquarium you will see multitudes of beautifully colored fish, jelly fish, sting rays and sharks.

 

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The Land of Enchantment

Albuquerque is amazingly beautiful and soulful with its rich history and culture. The desert views and mountain regions are tremendous.

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All my Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“What you seek is seeking you.”- Rumi

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Bucket List Dreams – Tucson Mountain Park

Tucson Mountain Park is the true Arizona desert experience. Tucson Mountain Park is pure picturesque desertscape heaven. Numerous cacti call Tucson Mountain Park home. The plants thriving here come in many different sizes and colors. Some of the ultimately cactus varieties include the Prickly Pear Cactus, Barrel Cactus, and Saguaro Cactus. The Saguaro Cactus can grow to over 40 ft. tall and is one of the Sonoran deserts most prominent cactus plants!

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Tucson Mountain Park

 

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Tucson Mountain Park is located within the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro National Park. The mountain park can be explored by paid admission to enter the park, or by taking the scenic route. The scenery is beautiful and commands your full attention, and your silence, to fully appreciate the handiwork that it took to create such a desert masterpiece. I completely fell in love with the landscapes, and you will too!

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With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

 

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” –Rumi

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Bucket List Dreams- The Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 and is one of the greatest man-made engineering marvels of all time. The Hoover Dam is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River and created Lake Mead. It is the worlds largest power plant, and it is so massive it lies on the Nevada/Arizona line which is two states and two different time zones! It’s also said that one hundred workers perished during construction of the dam.

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The Hoover Dam is another one of those bucket-list destinations you must-see, must-visit. We waited in huge traffic congestion for about an hour and a half plus, just to get into the entrance of The Hoover Dam. We had to go through a check-point where the guards asked us if we were American or Mexican. Afterward, they checked the trunk and car out, and we were on our way.

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Our first stop was the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This was our very first views of The Hoover Dam. I’d definitely recommend everyone stop at the Hoover Dam bridge and walk the walkway first because the pictures from this side are monumental! I am afraid of heights, but I braved walking the bypass bridge that overlooks the extraordinary Hoover Dam. The views from here were some of my favorite and most memorable aspects of the dam.

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We drove over the Nevada state line unto the Arizona state line and parked. Parking is free if you park in Arizona (which is right over the border of Nevada.) We didn’t do the tour of the power plant, but we spent the entire time walking the dam and seeing all of the different views. We went at the end of December, and it was freezing. Anytime you’re by such a large body of water like that it gets pretty cold.

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I loved the two big clock towers on the border of each state. It doesn’t even take but half a minute to hop, skip and jump from one state to the next. One clock tower is in Arizona, and the other clock tower is in Nevada. It was so neat to be in two different states, and with two different time zones, and at the exact same time!

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The Hoover Dam is truly an extraordinary architectural wonder! We also were there for dusk, and we got to watch the most glorious sunset over The Hoover Dam at both Nevada and Arizona!

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Bucket list dreams and Travel adventures!

 

With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” –T.S. Eliot

 

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Kicks on Route 66- Russell’s Classic Car Museum

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Can a travel center really be this amazing? Short answer, yes. This truck stop was on my list of places to stop by on my route and for a good reason. Russell’s Truck & Travel Center is home to a fantastic classic car museum with vintage memorabilia. The beautiful old cars housed here are in pristine condition and are a varied array of pastel colors.

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I loved the vast collection of retro items from the glory days of Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Cash and the likes. Russell’s Travel Center has so many unique things reminiscent of times past. They had many old toys and nostalgic items. I loved all of the little oddities they showcase here. You genuinely feel like your in a time warp in here.


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Russell’s Truck & Travel Center is a classic car and memorabilia museum, convenience store, has a Route 66 diner and offers a chapel. If you’re off of old Route 66 in Glenrio, NM you must stop here to complete your trip!

 

With All My Love,

The Vintage Gypsy

 

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.

For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness.

And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

-Audrey Hepburn

 

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Bucket List Dreams- Petroglyph National Monument

Chasing national parks and monuments!

Petroglyph National Monument – Albuquerque, NM

Petroglyph National Monument is on sacred Native American lands and formed on ancient volcanic rocks. Many Native American tribes settled in these areas including Apache, Navajo, and the Puebloans, who have all contributed to creating art and sharing stories on these petroglyphs. Spanish settlers also have placed their marks here and created drawings and symbols on the petroglyphs in this sacred space. There is a vibrant and deep native culture here.

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While visiting Boca Negra Canyon, there is a multitude of symbols carved onto the archeological sites. The volcanic rocks had many drawings including figures of people, animals, and ceremonial and religious symbols carvings. The landscape here is considered holy ground to Native American tribes.

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I explored Boca Negra Canyon, and it had many petroglyphs leading all the way up to the top of the canyon. The views of all of the petroglyphs while hiking and climbing rocks to the top were remarkable. The Sacred Native American landscapes and ancient Native American art at Petroglyph National Monument is indeed a special place, and it’s worth being appreciated.

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With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

 

“Forever Forward.” –Walt Whitman

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My Mantra

You are still just as worthy as you were the day before you met your demons.

You are still just as wonderful as you were the day before you lost it all.

You are still just as beautiful as you were the day before you went to war.

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– The Vintage Gypsy: Angelle ©

 

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Bucket List Dreams- The Alien Capital of the World- Roswell, NM

Roswell, New Mexico- The Alien Capital of the World.

 

Greetings earthlings, from The Alien Capital of the World! Roswell is famous for the alleged UFO crash of 1947. This is the perfect place for exploring everything unusual and wacky. While in Roswell I was lucky enough to get to have some close encounters with UFO’s and extraterrestrials of my own!

 

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The Roswell Incident

 

The International UFO museum is not to be missed while in Roswell! We learned so much about extraterrestrials and UFO’s. They have so much documented information from Ufology experts. Ufologists do research and follow leads on all alien sightings and stories. I loved learning about the history of The Roswell Incident.

The Roswell incident of 1947 is world-famous. It is said that a flying disc crashed into a ranch and that the unidentified flying object was seized and aliens were discovered. The story tells us that the government then brought all of this in for testing at Area 51 and then covered up the entire incident.

I loved all of the interactive alien exhibits and photos and videos of readers findings. They also have a great gift shop with a lot of specialized merchandise. It was such a neat experience to read all about the alleged government cover-up and the conspiracy theories.

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Parable of The Roswell Incident
1. The Aliens came- they explored- and they crashed.
2. The Rancher went-he found it-and he reports it.
3. Others raced to the site- and stood mystified.
4. The Air Force went- investigated- and took it.
5. The Government came-confiscated- and denies it.
6. The Men in Black came-singled out- and threatened.
7. Now, no one knows anything about any of it.

 

Main Street -Roswell’s Downtown Historic District. What a fun and touristy experience! They have aliens and UFO’S stationed everywhere and you can get so many silly photo-ops posing with all of the aliens downtown.

 

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Roswell has really cool street art and wall murals throughout the downtown historic area. My favorite is the space and galaxy graffiti wall. This colorful piece has the planet Saturn and the galaxies painted on the walls.

 

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Alien Zone has a lot of fun alien’s and props that’s photo-op worthy and lots of alien novelties and souvenirs. This is a great place to get some keepsakes to remind you of your wacky time in Roswell. Keep Roswell Weird!

 

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Roswell, you’ve been great! 🚀👽

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true.

 

With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

 

“Time past and time future what might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

 

 

 

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Bucket List Dreams- White Sands, NM

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Gypsum Sand Dunes, White Sands, NM

The gorgeous gypsum sand dunes of White Sands, NM.

After all of these years finally stepping unto the sugar white sands is the very essence of what my bucket list dreams are made of. The gypsum sand dunes are broken up into different parts you may explore. White Sands is sprawled across The Chihuahuan Desert that borders Mexico and New Mexico. They have different routes and vantage points where you can spend time in both The Chihuahuan Desert and White Sands. The gorgeous, pristine white sands are otherwordly.

 

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The pure white wave-like gypsum dunes are so dreamy and magical. As far as the eye can see is desert and white sands. White Sands is the most massive gypsum dune in the world measuring at an astounding 275 miles long. Here you can climb or sled down the dunes whatever is your heart’s content. Fun fact: the sand is cold! I was barefoot spinning in circles across the cold sand, and within minutes I couldn’t feel my toes anymore. I learned that the sand here is very rare, and the earth is icy. Exploring the wave-like dunes is not only surreal but breath-taking.

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White Sands National Monument has been in my heart and on my mind for the past seven years. You’d have to know the back-story to understand why I hold White Sands near and dear to my heart. I was hanging out on the verandah at The Oasis in Austin and life seemed sweet and beautiful in those moments. A little while later I was circling the staircase and was met with an intense conversation. I felt I was at an impasse in my heart.

In that very moment, I was standing at a crossroads trying to choose between leaving for White Sands or home. Home won. I abandoned all to return home to my heart’s desire- without realizing what I had set in motion. This decision changed the trajectory of my life forevermore.

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Seven years later, I did eventually find my way to White Sands. And I finally got my chance to witness the gorgeous sky unfold while the sunset covered White Sands with so much color and beauty. The heavens were splashed with shades of pink, orange and blue hues. I didn’t have my custom made Lulu dress to spin around The Heart of the Dunes as I did seven years ago in my dreams, and yet it was just as magical.

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White Sands is perfectly at home in the heart of The Land of Enchantment. I’ll never forget my time here. And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true.

 

With All My Love,

~The Vintage Gypsy

“The way forward is the way back.” – T.S. Eliot