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The Blue Hole

Day 3 Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Amarillo, Texas

sunny 95 °F

The day begins in the hotel room with Rami asking where the largest swimming pool in the world is. We google it and find that it is in Chile (19.77 acres big, by the way). Then he asks where the deepest pool is. It is in Belgium. We then head outside, and Rami swims a bit in the non-descript, non-heated hotel pool.

(This was my interaction at the reception desk before pooltime)
Me: Is the pool heated?
Clerk: (Incredulously) Ha ha ha no…it’s outdoors.
Me (to myself): So?
Woman standing nearby: You’re not from New Mexico, are you?
Me (to myself): Apparently that explains it?

So fast forward a few hours on the road: nothing but flat and more flat and billboards for entertainment. A sign up ahead reads, “The Blue Hole. Swim. Dive. Jump. Relax.” Amal and I decide we HAVE to stop. Check out the stats on this place!
That's right, baby! A constant and refreshing sixty-one degrees! The Blue Hole is a sinkhole natural spring-fed lake. The water is completely replaced every six hours.


The place is popular with SCUBA divers for the depth and the clarity of the water.

This is the stuff road trips are made of.

We have a good dinner at Jason’s Deli chain restaurant in Amarillo. How did we choose that place for our meal, you ask? The Jason’s Deli big rig passed us on I-40, and the picture of the salad bar on the side looked so good, we followed the truck to the restaurant.

OK, that last little bit isn’t true, but the truck and salad bar picture on the side are!

The day ends at La Kiva Hotel. We have no words to describe it. Perhaps by the time you see us in person, Amal and I will have some.

Posted by WorldTravl 16:00 Archived in USA Tagged water hotel swimming pool texas new_mexico

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