Albuquerque, NM, Week 1

We arrived at the campsite that is situated along the Turquoise Trail (scenic byway) in the Sandia Mountain National Forest. Great hiking, though Dan has had more chance to explore the trails than me, as I had to head off on Monday to LA for DrupalCon, a three-day conference. I decided to head back to NM and spend the weekend with Dan rather than head straight out to Mountain View, where I have four days of meetings next week.

It’s nice to get ‘home’ and we had fun exploring the area today, despite unusual weather. By unusual, I mean three (3!!!) hailstorms, downpours of rain that turned clay trails into mudbaths, thunder and lightning, and to top it off, snow. That was today. You’d think we’d have the sense to curl up in the camper and hunker down, but instead we got on so many layers of weather gear that we looked like a couple of snowmen. Jesse had her rain jacket to try and keep her from freezing.

I’m glad that we headed out, as we got to check out the Tinkertown Museum, which TipAdvisor ranks as one of the top 10 small museums in the US. It was created by one man, and it an amazing testament to the creative mind. It was inspiring and overwhelming in it’s vision. One quote that stuck with me was that he built it $1 at a time, and that anyone can do the same, no matter the project. I thought that was great advice. Another great piece of advice, “As you wander keep your sense of wonder.” I was full of wonder today, and the quote resonated, after all of our many miles and places we’ve been. Today, as much as in our first weeks, I’m still awed with this beautiful country.

We headed up highway 14, the Turquoise Trail, to Madrid, which was hosting a Crawdaddy festival, and to Cerrillos Hills State Park for some good hiking. We’d hit the National Forest yesterday for an after-work hike, and I wish I had more time to hit those trails. We are definitely back in NM, with steep mountains and high altitude. It was a little slow going today, and I couldn’t just blame it on the weather 😉

Tomorrow, I fly out to Mountain View. I managed to unpack my bag, do a laundry and repack for my week in CA. On a very happy note, at the end of the week and flight home, we’re heading on vacation for a week+, and will be touring eastern Utah, with the plan to include Mesa Verde NP (OK, in CO, but practically on the four-corners), Canyonlands, Moab, Arches, and sooooo much more. Looking forward to the next adventure!

Great advice from the Tinkertown Museum!

Great advice from the Tinkertown Museum!

Along the trail on today's hike, during a brief break in the weather. Look, blue sky!

Along the trail on today’s hike, during a brief break in the weather. Look, blue sky!

Love these abandoned wagons that we found along a trail by the campsite. You can see the muddy clay that I ended up hiking through this morning.

Love these abandoned wagons that we found along a trail by the campsite. You can see the muddy clay that I ended up hiking through this morning.

Another abandoned car. This still has old 60's paper along the table edge.

Another abandoned car. This still has old 60’s paper along the table edge. What is the story behind these cars? How did they end up here? So curious!