ALBUQUERQUE-ROUTE 66 AND SIDE TRIPS

Today we arrive for a week stay at the Bernalillo KOA, north of Albuquerque. Here we can easily do a week of sightseeing. It has FHU, pool, cafe, laundry and very nice and level sites. Buy 6 nights get 7th free.
Our first full day we head out on Route 66 to Tijeras for the musical Highway. When you drive exactly 45mph and have your right tire in the rumble strip you will hear
“America the Beautiful “, very fun.


We then head north on Highway 14, known as the Turquoise Trail. It is 54 miles north and ends in Sante Fe (which we will do later in the week). There are a few towns and things to do on the Turquoise Trail. First we stop at the Tinkertown Museum in Sandra Park. It took him 40 years to collect, carve and construct this fun place. His miniature wood carved figures were first part of a traveling exhibit to county fairs and carnivals ๐ŸŽก in the 1960’s and 1970’s.Worth a visit and costs just $3.75 admission.DSCN6307

The only other town worth a visit is Madrid. Here you will find Maggie’s Diner, which was built for the movie Wild Hogs, now a gift shop.some nice shops and lots of Turquoise shops. Also worth a stop is Shugarmans Little Chocolate Shop. He makes all kinds and they are yummy.DSCN6319
For lunch we eat the The Range Cafe in Bernalillo. I had Spinach Enchiladas with a white cream sauce and they were to die for.

It’s our Fifty First day on the road and we go to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Here all 19 pueblo sin New Mexico are honored. They also on weekends put on free Native American Dances. Today were the Zuni tribe. Adults are $8.40 and Seniors and Military $6.40. At the cultural center is one of the local favorites restaurants, the Pueblo Harvest Cafe, so of course we need to try it. We tried the Indian Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos. It comes like a pizza and was very good.

Back to see Route 66 (Central Ave) in downtown Albuquerque. Here are three areas of Albuquerque. First to Nob Hill, then Downtown and finally Old Town Albuquerque, which was my favorite.

 

DSCN6420Today we drove North 1-25 to Sante Fe. Pretty town with lots of adobe homes and buildings. Sante Fe is the oldest state capital in the US. Also has the oldest house and San Miguel Mission the oldest church In US. The historic plaza is very nice and has many shops and restaurants surrounding it. We have lunch from a food vendor in the plaza.yummy fajitas, tamales and green chile enchiladas. We also make a stop at the famous Canyon Road, very expensive shops and galleries.


In the evening we take a ride on the Sandia Peak Tram.

The cost is $25.00 adults or $20.00 seniors and military. It starts at 6500 elevation and is over 10,000 in elevation at the top

It is a fifteen minute ride each way. At the top is the ski slopes and some absolutely beautiful views.

We made our ride down at ๐ŸŒ… sunset.DSCN6581

Lazy day, just hanging out at Sandia Lakes Recreation Area so Bob can do some fishing.

Thursday Jessica made the trip from Denver to spend the weekend at Balloon Festival with us. Tomorrow we will drive 10 minutes to the Balloon Festival Grounds.

 

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