Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
Trip End Mar 29, 2009

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, March 9, 2009

Albuquerque is a nice town.  It's set between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains.  The city has been here since Spanish colonial times and has a lot of history.  Down town has a nice theater and restaurant area with an "Old Town" section.  There are quite a few good museums.  I checked out the Indian Culture Museum to get an introduction to the 18 different Pueblo cultures in the region.  I want to visit a few of the Pueblos and will follow up with pics in another post.  I wanted to see the Atomic History Museum but they are in the process of moving to a new location. 

I visited Petroglyph National Monument which is within the city limits.  I opted for the shorter hikes through the lava rock formations where the Ancestral Puebloan Indians carved various spiritual and life images.  The rocks have a natural patina that makes for a good canvas.  When scratched, the lighter rock color shows through.  To see some of the more elaborate carvings, you need to make it out to the more remote sections of the park.  The Spanish showed up in the 1500's and added some of their own art.

The old Johnny Quest Mobile is having some fuel system issues, so I'm having the gang at Anton's Auto Haus take a look and also put a fresh set of brakes on the ole' girl.  All this mountain travel really burns up the pads.   As soon as that's done, I'll head up the Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe and take in the sights there.  I found out that the Taos Pueblo has been closed for ceremonial purposes for over a month, so I won't be making the trek up there.  : (

The adventure continues...

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