. " Sir, what would a man be doing in a convent". I saw a very authentic santa in the square riding a bike with antlers on the front. He was talking to a young boy and I thought I would take a photo, turns out he was selling beef jerkey, not a real santa at all, and wasn't too happy when I turned up my nose. It reminds me of Smackos. Had a yummy mexican lunch in a lovely square with 2 guys playing guitar and singing. It was warm and sunny and we were the only ones there, priceless. From there we went to Nob Hill the quirky, trendy area. Lots of students, gays, lesbians and vintage shops, loved it!! Today we went to see Petroglyphs, they are very primative drawings on the volcanic rocks dating back 700 years and still clearly visible. They look very alien and as we are not far from Roswell one wonders who visited this land centuries ago. The native hope indians wore very bizarre alien looking ceremonial costumes? ? We also went to a animal rescue park, saw coyote, bobcat, raccoons, lions, wolves, many native birds and a black bear. Some were so tame you could pat them. Very sad, these animals had been inappropriate pets or injured. None could be release into the wild.
Left Flagstaff and followed Route 66 to Albuquerque. Stopped at a town called Gallup, the Navajo and Zuni peoples major trading centre. If u wanted to buy the beautiful turquoise jewellery this was the place. We were a little worried about getting out and walking the main street. Was not very inviting to say the least so we drove to the El Rancho Hotel, many of the great actors of the 40's and 50's stayed here. It was priceless, the lobby very old western but would have been plush in its day. Many westerns were filmed around Gallup. They have signed photos of many actors and all the rooms have an actors name above the door, consequently Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey were next door to each other. Went on a walking tour of Albuquerque in the "old town area" where the town first started over three centuries ago. It was lovely, very Mexican with adobes (traditional houses) and quaint squares and a central park with the church of San Felipe de Neri Church as the central building. It was here that Billy the Kid sought refuge in the convent. When the local policeman asked the nun "sister, do u have Billy in there" not wanting to lie she replied