It's been a long while since any posts here. To begin again I'm reaching back last year's trip to New Mexico. What started as a simple trip to Albuquerque for the National Council for Geographic Education's annual conference ended up as a week long road trip through northern New Mexico. We split our time between Albuquerque, Taos, and Santa Fe. Below are highlights from part one in Albuquerque.
I had an 8 a.m. presentation our first morning in town. After that we walked to Old Town and grabbed some breakfast at Monica's El Portal. This was the start of our eating New Mexican food at least twice a day for the rest of the trip. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we just wanted all the chile sauce and sopapillas.
Just outside the city lies Petroglyph National Monument, which holds thousands petroglyphs from the ancestral Puebloans that inhabited the Rio Grande valley around 1,000 years ago. We also attempted a hike in Cibola National Forest up the southern ridge of the Sandia mountains. July being monsoon season though, we got chased off by an early afternoon thunderstorm.
FInally, Old Town represents a preserved cultural landscape for tourism and historical purposes. Most of Albuquerque of course looks like any other modern American city, but the architecture and feel of Old Town remains distinctly New Mexican, with many local businesses and hidden courtyards to explore.