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James R. Stout

Day 13 of My 2019 Big Adventure

            Day 13 of my adventure is done and I’m tired! We left out of Farmington, NM about 7 a.m. We mostly just drove today. The scenery from Farmington through where we exited I-40 at Clines Corner was still very impressive. But from Clines Corner to Roswell was pretty much nothing to see. When we drove through Lincoln County where the Lincoln County War was fought back in the late 1800’s, I had to wonder what they were fighting for. There were a bunch of signs inviting any and everyone to come see Billy The Kid’s grave. I don’t think so. I never have understood the fascination with a 21-year-old murderer. I have also felt the same way about Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols. Come to think of it, they do have the whole “pistol” thing in common.

            A good part of today’s drive today found Sofia wanting to listen to some of my iPod playlists of songs from when I was her age back in 1967. Well, who am I to disappoint that girl? So, we listened to “Georgy Girl”, “Windy”, “Come on Down to My Boat”, “I’m A Believer”, “Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be”, and so many more. I skipped over the harder stuff. I just didn’t want to have to explain “White Rabbit” or “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to my 11-year-old granddaughter. After that playlist she wanted to hear what I listened to during my 7-12 years. No problem there. We hit the highlights from The Dave Clark Five, The Beach Boys, Leslie Gore, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Herman’s Hermits, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and a whole lot more. Hey, it’s my job to teacher her the classics!

            We got to Roswell about 3 p.m. and grabbed a late lunch/early dinner – take your pick. Then there was a chore that had to be done. I had to wash a load of clothes. With that finished, I read by the pool while Sofia splashed roughly 50 gallons of water out of the pool. But she had a great time. After her swimming, I took her to Sonic because she had been begging to try a new “Cake Batter Shake”. She seems to like it just fine. Now we’re both ready for chilling out and then sleep. Tomorrow we will leave early and drive to Carlsbad Caverns in time to be there when they open. We’ll do the big room walk, probably buy more souvenirs, and then head back to Texas. I must tell you that I am very ready to get back home. I freely admit that while I love to go on these adventures, I love getting home even more. We’ll spend the night somewhere between Midland and Abilene and then drive home on Sunday. I’ll be incommunicado for a couple of days while recovering. But a week from tomorrow will be a special day that I’m looking forward to. My daughter is throwing a “Birthday Luau” joint party for my two granddaughters, Helena and Ziva, who have birthdays close together. Helena turns 7 while Ziva just turned 1. It should be a lot of fun, but Paw-Paw will be spending most of the time in the AC!

            I’ll say goodnight for now and thanks to all you who have been keeping up with the blog entries from my adventure.

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