Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Old Town
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... where to look! We watched as one after another filled up with hot air and then lifted off, sailing gently into the cloud-filled sky. Where else can one see such things flying in the sky?? We saw flying dragons and frogs, butterflies and bees, smiling suns and dancing frogs, a zebra, skunk, chicken, cactus, dolphin, whale, bear, beaver, pumpkin, tea cup, saucer, bus, car, spaceman, along with some more famous characters like Yoda, and Uncle Sam, Noah's ...
... Indians). We were able to visit the ruins of two of them, and learned that the people who lived there could determine what time of year it was, and then used this information to signal to other Natives in the area when the planting season was about to start. We also found out the the people who lived there would have been very short - the men would have been 5"3 at the tallest, and the women would have been only ...
... a house! To give you a bit of perspective on the massive size of this crater - if you put 20 football fields in the center and around the rim had 2 million people viewing the games, that's how large this hole in the ground really is. It's hard to fathom when you are looking at it, and the photos just don't show the depth and width of this amazing place.
... in the tens of thousands come for the charm, the hand-made collectibles and the party-like atmosphere that prevails.
You may have seen the movie with John Travolta, William Macy, Tim Allen and others in 2007 "Wild Hogs". The bulk of that movie was shot in and around Madrid, NM.
After a few hours, and a refreshing beer at the Mine Shaft, we returned to town, with a side trip to a Walmart for supplies. We met the most delightful ...
... no gas station. We only had 16 Km's left and were pretty sure we couldn't make it to the next larger town. We got off the highway holding our breath and our fingers crossed and were very happy to see a small gas bar. When Bruce went in to pay he told the lady our story and she laughed saying tons of people do run out of gas in this area. Seems like a great business opportunity to us! Anyone ...