Landscape of the Indian Reservations

I’ve had a really bad day. Joe’s light bar was stolen off his back truck as we slept in Tucumcari, New Mexico last night. Could that have been Lee Van Cleef?!

My bank card went from – yay – money for fuel to – grrrrrrr- minus amounts without spending a single penny.

So to make me feel better and so you don’t have to listen to the griping, casting curses for a male’s organ to fall off and rot, and other such Foolishness take a look at these – not so fantastic photos.

The western border of New Mexico and eastern border of Arizona is know as the “Checkerboard Reservation”. This part of the west is home to Apache, Zuni, Navajo, and Hopi people.


Mile after mile – 457 to be exact – of endless ribbons of highway …..


Gave way to rich red bluffs, chalky white weathered sculpted cliffs, then back to the red rock monoliths that arise and disappear across this landscape.







We had to make a stop in Sanders, Arizona at the Port of Entry to purchase permits to travel their roads. Two goats from a nearby homestead took a notion about the grass being greener than in the craggy and rocky land they live in.


Do you see the little brown goat? Maybe this will help.


Can you see the blonde colored goat?


Does this help?


Have a great evening everyone and thanks for stopping in.



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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

6 responses to “Landscape of the Indian Reservations

  • Pati Mishler

    OH YES!! NOW i see the goats, for a minute there i thought i was going blind sorta, could see the picture of the landscape, BUT, couldn’t see any goats, thanks, thats better!!lol Sorry about the bad day you had, hope things get better for you. 😀 Love you sis., Tell Joe love him also.

    • Message In A Fold

      Seeing those goats in a little median strip and so close to the truck lanes at the weigh station startled me. Those little guys are no match for the big trucks rolling through the scales.

      You made me chuckle with your excitement :D. You are funny.

      Love you Sis

  • gardenpinks

    Yay I spotted both the goats without the zoomed in photos 🙂
    Nah Lee Van Cleef was busy hunting a killer in For a Few Dollars More with Clint Eastwood in Tucumcari to be messing about with pinching bits off your trucks – hope the thieves hands drop off amongst other things 🙂

    What the heck happened with your bank card? Were you able to get it sorted?

    Aren’t those rocks and mountains fantastic? Mother nature can create some beautiful stuff when she isn’t wreaking havoc elsewhere 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      You of the “Eagle eye” spotted the hidden objects right off 😀

      The bank! The last week of February they changed their entire system and caused everyone with an account to have no access to the money for 3 weeks!! Joe appeared on their door step in Ogden, Utah mid March to raise holy hell with them.

      Now it is partially fixed and driving me stark raving bonkers. I’m finished using them on the road. I have other means of obtaining my expense money and will use them instead.

      Glad you enjoyed the rock formations. Nature is totally awesome.

      Love you – Leslie

      • gardenpinks

        What cretins these bank people are – to change their system and expect folk to do without access to their accounts for 3 weeks? What planet are they living on??? I’d have been camped out on their doorstep. An absolute law unto themselves – they cause economic chaos and catastrophe and remain autocratic and arrogant and they all need stringing up by their private bits until they realise that without customers and their accounts they don’t have a business!

        When it comes to goats I soon spot them, love goats to bits. They have such wonderful characters. We have had several of them and they all had their own characteristics

        Love and hugs
        Lynn xx

      • Message In A Fold

        I got up close to a goat one time. The eyes of that goat sort of freaked me out. The pupils were vertical! Never saw such a thing before in my life.

        When I see “Fainting” goats I nearly wet myself from the hysterical laughter that takes hold of me. Good grief, just thinking about them make me laugh!

        Love you – Leslie

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