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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gallup, New Mexico

Aloha Everyone,

Gallup is located in western New Mexico and it is the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque. The city's name comes from David Gallup who was the paymaster for the Atlantic Pacific Railroads. U.S. Route 66 ran through Gallup. Today motorists prefer wider, faster Interstate 40.

About 5 years ago, J.J. and I stopped in Gallup on our way to Window Rock. Two things that were etched in our memories about Gallup was a stately Navajo man wearing one of the most impressive, museum quality jewelries made of silver and turquoise. He was shopping at Walmart and we thought perhaps he was on his way to attend an important ceremony. We returned to The Walmart to shop just in case he happens to be there.

The second thing we remembered about Gallup was El Sombrero and the delicious meals they served.

It was not even 11:00 am and the parking lot was filled with cars including two patrol cars with Gallup Police emblems.

My beverage of hot water with fresh lemon was served promptly with extra hot water.

El Sombrero's tortilla chips were just as good as we remembered.

Addie, our server was truly charming and our return to Gallup was totally satisfying.

There are two RV parks in the city of Gallup. The first place we stayed was in beautiful Red Rock Park but their facilities were a little rustic. Today we are staying at USA RV Park located on Route 66. Based on their charges, this place seems to cater to a more affluent clientele.

They offer cowboy cookout during the summer month.

There is also heated pool, playground and outdoor chess set plus putting green.

J.J. and I did our laundry and caught up with our emails and phone calls. Tomorrow we are moving towards Chinle in Arizona and hope to visit the Canyon de Chelly in the Navajo Tribal Nation.

Aloha -- Cathi