“USA 🇺🇸 ~Albuquerque, New Mexico Old Town, More Route 66 and Arizona!”
“The sun rises quickly, in a slippery grey sky. Where did our sun go? The rays piercing through, with a milky dim glow. Soon to be disappearing behind a forgotten dawn, walking forward, to a long dark dreary day. With the freezing morning, making for a piercing cool day. Soup on my mind, I venture to the grocery store; only 23 miles away. Split pea and generous chunks of ham with grilled onion and carrots, makes for a comforting end.
With a satisfied belly and a relaxing evening, I set in for a while to write this down and contemplate our day.”
We enjoyed the day roaming Old Town and Route 66. It was a wonderful break from our normal routine of drive, stop, sleep, rest, drive, stop, sleep, etc.
Now that we have gotten past Oklahoma, the scenery has become a bit more interesting, too.
The Mesas are pretty, compared to just prairie, so the 300-500 miles each drive day has gotten somewhat easier on the eyes. Of course I love New Mexico and Arizona; been several times to each state, so that’s fun, too!
After the big push, since leaving North Carolina, following our visit with family, to get back closer to the west coast to take care of some personal business, we gave ourselves an extra day and night of rest, to play in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque is a unique and entertaining town that features a rich historical background and a vibrant culture. If you want to experience this town’s history at its finest, head to the heart of the city, historic Old Town Albuquerque. Ever since the city’s founding in 1706, this area has been the cultural center of Albuquerque; filled with over 100 shops as well as numerous museums and restaurants, this is a beloved spot of both locals and visitors alike.
⬆️ The San Felipe de Neri Church is a catholic church in the historic Old Town area of Albuquerque. The church was built in 1793, making it one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city.
The origins of San Felipe de Neri Church date to 1706 when a church was dedicated first to Francis Xavier, and then later to St. Philip Neri. That church stood for nearly 90 years when it collapsed due to disrepair.
Another church was immediately built on the site. That church is the one that worshipers continue to visit today. It was built at the behest of Fernando de la Concha, who was governor of New Mexico at that time.
San Felipe de Neri is a single nave church with thick adobe walls and wood furnishing. It underwent a drastic remodel in the 1860’s, which added twin bell towers and gothic interior furnishings. Even more refurbishing took place in 1916, which is when the pressed tin ceiling was added.
The Sister Blandina Convent was constructed in 1881 and was used as a convent through the 1970s.
It is now used as a gift shop and museum.
Look close, and you will see Daryl gave this “lady” his phone to use 😂 ⬆️
⬆️Daryl found someone and bent her ear 😂
HISTORIC ROUTE 66 Albuquerque ⬇️
U.S. Route 66 or U.S. Highway 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System.
US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.
Leaving Albuquerque, we drove for several hours, then noticed advertising signs off of I-40 for Indian Fry Bread. Well, yes please! So, we followed the signs to the exit of Pueblo Laguna There was construction and an the exit ramp was closed, so we spent an extra eight miles for this stop on the reservation, but it was very worth it!
The reservation consists of approximately 500,000 acres of land situated in Cibola, Valencia, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties. The Tribal administration building is located in the village of Laguna. You can experience the uniqueness of our Pueblo by visiting in person.
There, at the fry bread place, was also an Indian Art Center out in the middle of nowhere. I went to the window and ordered us Indian Tacos with traditional Fry Bread. The gentleman at the window told me; “give me a few minutes to get your order up.” I said; of course; I’m not going anywhere.” He laughed and said; “I’m not going anywhere, either!” Then we both cracked up! 😂
While waiting for our order, we went into the tiny stucco building to see the beautiful homemade crafts. No pictures were allowed, inside, unfortunately.
⬇️ Our order was up and we indulged on the best Indian Tacos we have ever had!
We got back on I-40, then later stopped at another Indian Trading Post in hopes of finding Moccasins for the big guy. (our third try) Still no luck for his gigantic feet. Later, we stopped in an area near the Petrified Forest. I got photos and Daryl got a new Swiss Army knife.
We finally crossed over into Arizona; destination Williams area. Some people may think of Arizona as just desert with cactus plants, but it is so much more than that. There are lots of trees and even Elk and deer in this area.
We are at a beautiful KOA with a heated pool and hot tubs. The temps at night are down to 20 degrees, but this is why I bought us a heated water hose to hook up with, and we emptied our fresh water tank for now.
We have propane bottles, as well as an electricity hook-up. We are comply and cozy inside Tiny. We even make room for our petunia plant at night; the same hanging plant we rescued at a camp in Maine. (She got left behind by other campers) She just loves to travel, as she is thriving!
Inside for the night
⬆️ There is Petunia, hanging off of Tiny, way back in early Autumn
The gas prices have taken a big leap from East Coast to Arizona. We are pump searching, now, because it’s just so outrages! Ugh!
But, before we reached camp, we drove through Winslow, Arizona, for quick stop; not to be missed on Route 66. A friend, told me about this stop, and we just had to see for ourselves! What fun! ⬇️
🎼🎵 “Standin On the Corner in Winslow, Arizona” 🎵 🎶
SCENIC FROM ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO TO WILLIAMS, ARIZONA
The Bunny has been busy this morning, doing some more scheduling for our long-term Arizona time. I can’t really call it “snowbirding,” because we will not limit our time to just the warmer climates. We have been quite successful camping in cold weather, thus far, so we know how to do it. Besides, I love hiking in cooler weather!
I traded; one, 3-month winter stay for multiple stays: this means we will be in the Case Grande, Camp Verde, Tombstone, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, and Williams areas: averaging 2-4 weeks stays
There is a good chance we will not miss out on exploring Arizona; thoroughly!
We shall: hike, drive, treasure hunt, photograph, write, blog, swim, hot tub, and just be plain lazy!
Furthermore, for Christmas this year, Daryl and I got a Suvie Oven Robot for Tiny!
Tiny has everything but an oven and I really miss having one. Well, we don’t have a built in dishwasher either, but WE are the dishwashers and can live with that!
Delivery of our Robot will happen in Arizona, after Christmas, but we are mighty excited to use this new gadget! If you have never heard of this futuristic item, here is some info; but I must warn you, you might want one, too! 😉
“Suvie is the only counter-top appliance that both refrigerates and switches to cooking so you can schedule your meal when you want it, with the automatic cool-to-cook works.”
Suvie can perform up to 15 cooking functions and perfect portions for two people! First level function include: sous vide, slow cook, bake, roast, broil, steam, reheat, defrost, cool-to-cook, frozen-to-cook, egg cooker, and coffee brewing
To get the rest of the functions, one is require to add the Suvie Starch Cooker, which we are not getting at this time; but can be added on at a later date for more $. (We avoid starch at our age) This will include a: pasta cooker, healthy grains, and rice cooker, that for the money, we don’t see the value, but I’m sure it makes these food items to make, easily as well.
More info: https://thespoon.tech/suvie-debuts-second-generation-countertop-cooking-robot/
We do not know what the future holds, as far as continued foreign travel for us. We can no longer even imagine what that would look like anymore, because so much has changed and continues to change in this world. So, we are choosing to continue living in the moment and are very much enjoying what we do have access to right now, which is America The Beautiful!
STATES VISITED ON OUR USA ROAD TRIP:
KONA, HAWAII: ✅
OREGON x2: ✅
SOUTH DAKOTA: ✅
NORTH DAKOTA: ✅
NEW YORK: ✅
NEW HAMPSHIRE: ✅
RHODE ISLAND: ✅
NEW YORK x2: ✅
NEW JERSEY: ✅
PENNSYLVANIA x2: ✅
WASHINGTON DC: ✅
WEST VIRGINIA: ✅
NORTH CAROLINA: ✅
SOUTH CAROLINA: ✅
NEW MEXICO: ✅
ARIZONA: ✅Go To Home Page
Archive Blog Posts of Our Country Visits
- “Arizona ~USA 🇺🇸 The Grand Canyon; North/South Rims, The Vintage Railway, Navajo Bridge, and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument”
- “Arizona ~USA 🇺🇸 “Grand Canyon Deer Farm”
- Mexico 🇲🇽 ~“Interior State of Sonora, Town of San Carlos for Six Weeks”
- USA 🇺🇸 Williams, Arizona ~on Route 66 at the Canyon Motel and RV AND About “Jonah” The Bug”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~Arizona and Her Beauty, INCLUDING a Sloth!”
- USA ~Arizona “Here Comes Bella Coach-Ella!”
- “USA ~From Florence, and Casa Grande, Arizona Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”
- “USA ~The Tri-States; Including Oatman The Living Ghost Town, Arizona”
- “USA 🇺🇸 ~We Made It Back to California and Gone Again, Already!”
- “Intermittent Fasting in Our Senior Years”
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