Huggin' in the Post Office, & Chaco Canyon

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Mar 09, 2011

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Where I stayed
Econo Lodge Downtown Albuquerque
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Well we woke up this morning from a grand, unbitten nights sleep - too buggered last night to spray our bedclothes & mattress but it wasn't necessary anyway. Ha! Too buggered to de-bug! Sorry. that was bad.
Leave cute, beribboned little yappy dog - I say cute but that terrier would've ripped Viv's throat out in a heartbeat - behind at South West Hotel on Route 66 and first stop is of course Macca's for coffee, then the Post Office to send off postcards & Viv's first box of loot. More was to follow, madwoman that she is.

At the Grants Post Office, a local woman overheard us talking and asked where we were from, then hugged me, told us about some Australians that had stayed with her and called her friend the sculptor to see if Friend would guide us around Silver City the next day (Sunday). What religion was I?  We were in luck! The Governors Feast was on! Even she, Taube, hadn't been to the Governors Feast! We MUST go! After more (lengthy and I must say, mildly confusing) conversation with Taube we were kicked out of the Post Office so it could close. Never been kicked out of a Post Office before; didn't even have a Guiness to finish. As we were getting into our car Taube got a call back from her friend who suggested we stay at a hotel in Silver City so we'd be close by in the morning.
We thanked the kind & lovely Taube and said good bye, hugging & waving.
Turned to each other and said  What Just Happened? Er....we WILL be on our way to Santa Fe by tomorrow won't we? Yes! Thanks anyway Tobes.....

On to Chaco Canyon, in the daylight. I can't write much about this.....ruins & petroglyph's from around AD 850 - 1200. You really need to arrive early to be able to sit at times and soak it up.
We were speechless alot of the time which is saying something.
We spent from just after lunch to just before sunset there, then left to make Albuquerque at a decent time of night. The park closes at sunset anyway. Ha,yes, we know.

A coyote ran across the road in front of us and into the brush as we were leaving the Canyon. It was one of those moments.
At The Econolodge in Albuquerque we met Bobby, who had a great accent; Viv asked him if he was from Texas and he said no, North Carolina; I'm a hick but no redneck! Whilst using the internet in the lobby I chatted with Bobby about the world, universe & everything. Bobby was kind and courteous to all that walked through the door that night....some people looking for a cheaper place to stay, a few working women, drunk people. Around midnight I went to bed with Hunter S Thompson. Tomorrow we go to the Rattlesnake Museum in the Old Town, then Santa Fe on the Turquoise Trail.
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