New Mexico Desert
If you're not familiar with New Mexico, don't assume that just because a map shows a town ahead that (1) there are actual people living in the town (not a ghost town), (2) there is a gas station in the town or (3) any gas station is open in the evening or on weekends. I've made and been proven wrong all three of the foregoing assumptions. There is one more.
If you run out of gas in the middle of the night, don't assume that that gallon of gas that you keep in your trunk will get your 65 VW Beetle to the next town. In some parts of New Mexico, a gallon of gas won't get a little 36 hp engine to the next town. (After this last experience, I bought a 5-gallon gas can from the Army/Navy store.)
Oh goodness!! What fun!I live in Nashville. Hillsboro Village is a denfaite hotspot hub.There is a wonderful coffee shop called Fidos andlovely, hip, little shopping - Pangea and Fire Finch. There is also a neat little book store called Book Man/Book Woman. Old books galore!! Fannie Mae Park (known to the locals as Dragon Park) is a superb little park with a life size mosaic dragon. It's out of this world!Centennial Park is close by too. It's home to the Parthenon. It's quite beautiful this time of year with the flowers in bloom.If you are looking for vintage digs then I highly recommend Savant. It is a converted house shop with the most divine clothing, shoes, and furniture for men and women. Fabulous!! It's in a neat little area referred to as 12th South.It has more wonderful little shops and eateries. If the urge strikes you an absolute treat is Gigi's Cupcakes. Simply Delicious!Gigi's is close to The Frist (Nashville's art museum) which is located downtown. It's outstanding! Hope this helps and enjoy your trip! Take heaps and heaps of photos!!