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North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque December 22nd 2021

Today started by meeting Jerry’s aunt, uncle and cousin at The Frontier for breakfast. It is directly across from the University of New Mexico campus. It is very popular and has 5 separate dining rooms. You order at the counter and then wait for your number to be displayed on the board. The line was not bad when we got there, but it can be out the door at times. Two things of note are: 1) the tortilla making machine. Someone is constantly standing at the machine putting the dough on the conveyor belt and at the other end a fresh made tortilla pops out; 2) they are known for their cinnamon rolls (so of course we ordered one.) TJ, Karen and Gina had already ordered and eaten, since they got there 30 minutes earlier than ... read more
The Crew
Chili Rellenos
Green Chili Corn Risotto

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque December 21st 2021

Breakfast, family time, Anniversary dinner. That was the day. Other than the interruption from work that stressed me out for most of the day, we had a good day. We slept in a little then had breakfast at Cecilia’s famous for their red chili sauce. We walked to breakfast in the brisk morning air, actually wore my new winter coat as it was 27 degrees. We were the only customers in the place until the very end of our breakfast. They did a huge take out/delivery business. The place is not fancy but the food is solid and very traditional New Mexican. We both had Huevos Rancheros the only difference was mine was with carne adovada and Jerry’s with shredded beef, onions and tomatoes. They were the best I have every had and the red chili ... read more
Huevos Rancheros
Henry IV

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque December 20th 2021

Today was a travel day so this will be a fairly short entry. Slept in until in until about 6:30 and took our time packing and getting ready to leave. Went downstairs to the breakfast room, nothing to report there. We were on the road by 10:30. The route was 285 through Roswell until in intersected with I-40 then right to Albuquerque. We stopped for lunch in Roswell, yes that Roswell home of the UFO festival and aliens. The only alien we saw was one with a poncho outside of a Mexican Restaurant. We had lunch at Martin’s Capitol Café. The best meal since Cloudcroft. After two days of just barely tolerable food it was finally nice to have actual decent Mexican (not New Mexican). It was a busy place and was a pretty quick lunch. ... read more
Sopapilla
Sandia Peak
Tarragon's Window

North America » United States » New Mexico » Albuquerque September 21st 2019

We woke up this morning to find ourselves still in Roswell still in our hotel room. Alien abduction avoided. So with no UFO sightings and no aliens being reported in the area, we decided to head out of town towards Albuquerque. It was a another long boring ride as we were once again on a highway that ran alongside vast open land. For miles and miles, nothing but land. Not even trees. Today was mostly a ‘ride to the next town’ kind of day, but having something to entertain you along the way does help the miles go by faster. Even though most of the day’s ride was on the dull side, we have seen some interesting things during the past few days of driving - interesting to us for we do not see them in ... read more
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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!




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