Albuquerque, New Mexico: Dave and I had a
full and fun day in Albuquerque. (I am going to sound this one out for my
foreign readers - it's an unusual word, from Portuguese) - AL-buh-kerr-kee,
that little "r" in there is super silent.) It's a tough one to spell as
Tourists need fuel, so our first stop was to the famed
Frontier Restaurant on Historic
Obviously no jacket or tie required here. The Frontier
Restaurant has a primo location across the street from the University of New
Mexico and has fed hungry locals and students since 1971. The restaurant is
open 20 hours a day.
The prices are ridiculously low and the portions are
ridiculously huge - just the thing in a college town - and the food here is
top-notch delicious. Prices are kept low as this is a counter-service place.
Orders are taken and diners receive a number and find a seat. We had barely
chosen a table when our number came up and DT fetched a tray of New Mexican
Dave ordered a breakfast burrito (which really is not the
most photogenic food item) and I ordered the Mexican Plate - chicken
enchilada with green chile, a beef taco, rice & beans. $8. The enchilada was
loaded with shredded white chicken and white onion. With coffee, our entire
breakfast/brunch/lunch was $18 - but we couldn't even pretend to finish our
Our next adventure was to walk across the street and take a
self-guided tour of the lovely
University of New Mexico campus.
So much art on the campus - Flamenco dancing is very popular in Albuquerque
Zimmerman Library - the entire campus is built to look like a pueblo.
And... the polite New Mexico Lobos have a Duck Pond, and streets named
"Stanford" and "Yale".
Before leaving campus, we drove to the athletic facility area. UNM has a
football stadium, basketball arena, baseball stadium, track and a rodeo
arena. Randomly, women from the Japanese Olympic team were training on the
track. Our language differences curtailed the conversation some-what, but we
learned they were in town training for a month, then back to Osaka.
We spent the afternoon in
Albuquerque. Albuquerque was founded in 1706 as a Spanish outpost and the
town was built in the Spanish style - around a central plaza with a church on
one side. This area is now called Old Town and the plaza is lined with shops and
restaurants catering to tourists and locals alike. (Mostly tourists... but they
were holding mass in the church this afternoon.)
I am going to post a bunch of photos of things that caught my eye today around
the plaza - no explanation needed:
We returned to our motorhome in time for the Run for the
Roses. I made the mint syrup (with mint from our garden in Indio) the other day
in preparation for a
Mint Julep and we watched the amazing race.
A girl just loves a new hat!
Pedometer: I walked a lot of steps today, considering today is
my "rest day" and I did not exercise. Guess I didn't "rest" either. Touring
through Albuquerque + a long after-dinner stroll = over 11,000 steps.
Until my next update, I remain, your Albuquerque correspondent.
American RV Park - About ten miles west of downtown Albuquerque on I-40,
with easy on/off freeway access (some freeway noise) and close to
Camping World. A very nice park with a heated pool, spa, bathhouse, dog
park, laundry, store, free Continental breakfast, free wifi, cable TV,
playground and horseshoes. We have a large full-service paved pull-though
site with 50 amp in the newer "big rig" section. Few trees to bother your
satellite reception. We are paying $38.
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