Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

Truck we saw on the highway heading to Albuquerque from Amarillo

Coming into Albuquerque

Old Towne, Albuquerque

Restaurant in Old Towne Albuquerque

"Mall" in Old Towne, Albuquerque

Sign outside church in Old Towne Albuquerque

Church in Old Towne, Albuquerque

Rio Grande River, Albuquerque, NM

Rio Grande River from Nature Center Trail resting area, Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque certainly is different from Amarillo. Whereas Amarillo was so flat you could see for miles, Albuquerque is in a valley. The Sandia Mountains that we crossed to get here are beautiful. The RV park we are in is at the top of a 9 mile hill on the west side of the city. When we leave here to go back into Albuquerque the view is phenomenal! You can see the whole city below at the base of the mountains. Brad, never having been out west was just blown away by it. The sad thing is you just can't capture it in a photograph. The first time I came out west (AZ & CO) I went through 14 rolls of film trying to capture what I was seeing and it was impossible. Yesterday we went down into the Old Town part of Albuquerque. It was very interesting...very southwest, Spanish. Brad thought it reminded him a lot of the Spanish Quarter in St. Augustine. All the old homes now are filled with shops, galleries and restaurants. When we left Old Town we went to the nature center where we were told we could go down to the Rio Grande River - a short walk from the parking lot. Our grandson, Geraint, has been studying the Rio Grande River in school and thought it was neat we were going to see it so I wanted to take a picture of it for him. The short walk turned out to be over a mile (to hear Brad talk it was 20 miles!). Ger, I'm attaching the picture for you. There is a Camping World near here, so we went over there and did some damage. I got a table that fits over the steering wheel so that when we get to Tempe next week I can put up my small Christmas Tree. It's not worth setting up until we are going to be in one place for awhile. We are definitely changing our route. It's been cold enough here that we have had to disconnect the water every night, but at least the wind hasn't been blowing through here with the force it did in Amarillo. We are leaving this morning and going to Los Cruces, NM. It is about 260 miles south of here. We have travelled over 2900 miles so far.

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