The road to New Mexico is a winding 14 hour journey out of California and through the Arizona desert and mountain range of the Coconino Valley. It is a journey of open skies and arid lands until you hit the huge mountains leading up to Flagstaff. Stopping off for the night in the mountain town, Hawker stays at the haunted Montevista Hotel, which is a four story building with decorated bedrooms, vintage sweet dispensers filled with M&Ms and an in-house bar serving morning bagels and peanut butter. From here it is another 7 hours until the town of Santa Fe comes into play. This is a road well travelled by Hawker and a favourite sourcing route. We stop at road side diners for waffles and chat to the local bartenders who give us tip of where to visit and when.
New Mexico is an adventure with enormous rock boulders souring high above the road line. A trip to Taos is worth a wander around the small square and drop by Georgia O'Keeffe's home and private studio.