Motel 6 Albuquerque - Coors Road
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... car place and considered our options, choosing to rent a car for a day so we would be free to do whatever we wanted. We filled out the paperwork and then headed to the parking lot to pick up the car, a Kia Soul, the guy had informed us, which to me looks like a box on wheels; I am not a fan and neither is mom. Talk about a switch from a Mustang! Walking to it she exclaimed about the ugly shape of the car along with the ugly shade of green. We got ...
... confusing. Still, very beautiful! I did see Newspaper Rock, which has these ancient petroglyphs, writing from the early Americans scratched onto rocks.
So finally I headed back onto the highway and aimed for Albuquerque, but it was too far away. I decided to stop in Gallup, New Mexico, based on a web search, and get a hotel for the night. I wanted to try to catch some photos of the Super Moon since I figured I could get some cool shots of it rising against the wild NM ...
... at a KOA north of town. OMG, we should have known what to expect when we saw all dilapidated houses and fences with razor wire surrounding all the businesses. We checked in and got our spot, when we accidentally pulled into the wrong area - a women with 3 teeth came out to tell us to move. She was getting ready to have a cookout next to the tents that you could rent. I'm sure if we stayed there we would end up on Dateline, so while ...
... and dust swirling across the road, I imagine Ennio Morricone's theme tune for The Good, the Bad & the Ugly playing in the background. I'm sure you get the picture, but New Mexico is probably the most beautiful state I have been through on this trip so far.
I arrive at the Mauger Estate bed & breakfast in Albuquerque at exactly the right time, when the owner, Tammy, lays on cheese and ...
... to share these wonderful people, my family, with my daughter. To walk into a room and see my grandpa kneeling down helping Kaitlyn with her shoes, to watch her run and hug her great-grandma. To pass on this relationship I have to her and watch it grow on its own.
If for no other reason, this trip will be worth every exhausting day that we may spend, every mile that we drive, every flat tire and detour, just to have spent this one week with them.