Blogs from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, North America

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On the drive from Frisco to Albuquerque, the landscape changed dramatically from scrubby ranchland to high plains with buttes and mesas before passing through the Sandia Mountains. We gained over a mile in elevation along the way. We stopped for authentic Texas barbecue at K. Bryant Barbecue in tiny Childress, TX. The restaurant is housed in an old hardware store and the brisket and pulled pork were delicious! We got to talk with the owner and sign the pillar after our meal.... read more
We were here
Worth the trip from Delaware!


We arrived too late to go to the Petroglyphs National Park, so we found a truck stop and stayed the night. Next morning we headed to the park which is on the edge of Albuquerque. It was hot but with a couple breaks in the shade we walked around a few trails. We also got to watch a mommy bird feed it’s babies in a nest in the eaves of the bathrooms. The low battery light was periodically coming on in our truck and everytime James tried to check it, it would turn off. After some googling we decided the alternator or the regulator on the alternator might be going out. We went to a parts store and James replaced the alternator right in the parking lot! No more issues after that. :-D... read more
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When we got married, my husband and I received a book titled "101 Places to See in the United States" as a wedding gift. We had no idea how exciting that little book would be to us! As newlyweds, we had more free time on our hands than ever before and we were eager to explore the world! As children, we'd both only gone to the beach once a year with our families, and we'd never really explored the rest of the United States. So, even though we definitely want to go overseas and see foreign lands at some point, we were both super excited to see what the rest of the country had to offer! One of the first spots that caught our eye was the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It was part of ... read more
Preparing to ascend
Up in the air!
Such a beautiful sight

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque January 4th 2018

We've spent most of our day in New Mexico, though the single location with the most time was probably the Petrified Forest. I’m not going to have a lot of words for this entry—the fatigue has begun to set in after ten days of seemingly non-stop driving. Today was over 8 hours, tomorrow will be about 11, and then Saturday will take us the final 10 hours to Tifton. We finished To Kill a Mockingbird tonight, and it was fantastic. I’m glad I chose that one for the trip, though I hesitated. We got through the first disc of Catch-22, and we have twenty more hours to go on this trip; I believe the audiobook will last the entire time. The morning consisted of visiting the Petrified Forest National Park. We got to see some of ... read more
Big petroglyph mountain lion
Dad touches petrified wood for the first time
The Devil's Highway in Gallup, NM

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque December 12th 2017

When I worked as a proposal manager, our busiest time of year was always September. We supplied video teleconferencing systems for the Federal Government, and their buying season typically concluded around October 1. So the entire month of September, we were scrambling to get orders in, win new work, and make revisions and amendments to previous bids. Needless to say, by the time that month was over, we were all ready for a little break! That's why my husband and I always scheduled a weeklong road trip during the first week of October. We took five major road trips before our children were born, and can't wait to get back out there again once they're a little older and can appreciate the fact that it truly is the journey, not the destination, that makes the experience ... read more
High Finance Restaurant
Sandia Peak View
Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque August 6th 2017

We are driving East, and for the first time, I'm in New Mexico. This trip is also about visiting few places on my personal wish list...and Santa Fe is one of them. I have to admit, hotels in Albuquerque are way cheaper than in more glamorous Santa Fe....so here we are, three nights at the Sheraton Albuquerque....the hotel may be old, but we finally land a more comfortable room! The drive from Monument Valley to Albuquerque is a good 5 hours. I tried to take few of the back road to make it more fun. First, a drive back next to Mexican Hat. It's a small city getting his name from a rock in the shape of a Mexican hat, that I feature in my last blog. The roads are long and can be slightly lonely...we ... read more
There is skiing in the winter here...but have a closer look at the ski lifts!
Old town
The Sandia tram....it's a cable car!


Geo: 35.1241, -106.768Being on the small Pacific Princess ship was great again today. No long lines at disembarkation! We spent the short time after we had to vacate our mini-suite in the Platinum Lounge where they had coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks. Our disembarkation group was called right on time. We got through all the rigmarole easily and were on the transfer bus to the airport about twenty minutes after leaving the lounge. Check-in at the United counter in the airport was quick—no lines there either. When we were next in line for passport check in airport security, a man hurried up beside me and went ahead of me to give his passport. I let him cut in line without comment (except to Philip). That turned out to be a bad idea for him. He was ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque April 24th 2017

Nous sommes passé du 'blanc' au 'noir' en visitant la 'Valley of Fire' qui est une étendue de lave volcanique. Cette lave serait sortie de terre il y a environ 5000 ans. Un genre de crevasse qui aurait permis à la lave de sortir de la terre. Nous avons continué notre chemin vers Albuquerque pour prendre une autoroute 'interstate 40' vers l'ouest. Albuquerque est la plus grosse ville du nouveau Mexique (mais pas la capitale, c'est Santa Fe) avec un peu plus de 500,000 personnes, la ville est tellement étendue dans la plaine qu'on aurait jamais pensé qu'il y avait tant de monde. Le Rio Grande la traverse, (qui ressemblait à une rivière boueuse!) pas si Grande que ça, vous verrez! J'ai mis des photos des paysages sur le bord de la route, parfois c'est qu'on ... read more
Nouveau Mexique- Carrizozo
Nouveau Mexique- Carrizozo
Nouveau Mexique- Carrizozo

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque April 24th 2017

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Geo: 35.1241, -106.768We left Amarillo this morning and made it home by about 2 this afternoon. Very nice trip, all-in-all. We put about 1,700 miles on the new RAV 4. It rode well on the trip. I like the new features on the cruise control that add to the safety of the vehicle. It took a while to get used to the way the speed changed when other cars appeared in front of me and when they moved to another lane. I like it though. We had a good time on this trip. My favorite things were meeting Gary and Candi and seeing all the travel experts at the show. ... read more




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