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— by Cindy Pritchett Cindy Pritchett
Hi Cindy – We are in Moab, UT having been in Mandeville and Coushatta, LA; Tyler, TX; and Tucumcari and Gallup, NM.  Rick will kill me because I forgot to bring the instructions to post on the web site!  So, if you could just share with the class our trip so far, I would appreciate it!

While in LA, we stayed at Fontaineblue State Park which was awesome and even went into the French Quarter for a day visiting the different stores on Bourbon St and the French Open Air Market.  Very interesting.  We had lunch downtown and had charbroiled oysters which were awesome!  While in Coushatta, we visited historic Natchitoches where the movie “Steel Magnolias” was filmed and had lunch at a local restaurant on the historic front street which runs along side the river.  Beautiful scenery!  In Tyler, we camped in the state park and it was really a great place.  The view outside of our RV front door was so beautiful – facing a small lake in the park.  We had a great outside church service on Sunday morning – very serene.  While in Tyler, we also rode our motorcycles and visited the Air Museum and an old POW historic fort (Camp Ford) from the civil war era.  Tucumcari is a town that flourished during the Route 66 era but has been struggling since I-40 was constructed.  The town itself has great murals on the buildings but other than that there is nothing going on downtown.  Most businesses are closed.  We did some scenic drives, saw a Wind Farm (wind turbines that generate energy), Caprock Mesa and the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner.  Fort Sumner is also notable for the beginning of the “Long Walk” by the Navajo Indians when they were forced from their homes southern NM to reservations in northern NM.  Gallup is in Northern NM and is thriving.  We visited downtown which also has wonderful murals and had lunch in a local pub which was great.  Gary had the special called “Navajo Taco” which was something quite different than what we call a taco!  Very good but very spicy as well – he had to have a TUMS later!  While in Gallup, we traveled to AZ and visited the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest – wow both National Parks are awesome.  The colors and textures of the landscape are amazing.  Moab, UT sits in the Spanish Valley of the canyon lands and is beautiful!  The Lasal Mountains with snow on its peaks is right outside our RV door!  We visited Arches National Park on the motor cycles yesterday and it was such a beautiful ride thru large sandstone eruptions from the ice age area that stand so high above the ground.  Hard to explain in words.  Today we will visit the Canyon Land National Park.  Send our hellos to everyone and thank them for their prayers for our safe travel.  Carolyn and Gary