Drive from Farmington to just outside ABQ

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Coronado RV Park
What I did
Drive from Farmington to just outside ABQ

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

We left Farmington this morning for the almost three hour drive to a place between Albuquerque and Santa Fe called Bernalillo. We hope to get a spot at the campground at the Coronado State Monument. This will be our last stop on our two month journey before our three day drive home. Yep, it is about time to go back to work in order to finance these trips.

We left Mom and Pops RV around 10:00. It took us around 30 min. just to get out of metro Farmington – not much traffic and still a bunch of low slung buildings with a ton of oil industry businesses along the route. Then, nothing. We were on the US 550 and it was a 4 lane road to nowhere. Just hilly open scrub land with a few tiny settlements here and there. This is just an express road between Farmington and Albuquerque. Quique was pretty active for half the trip as she kept barking at the motorcycles and livestock on the ranches. Sometimes she would bark at scrub bushes thinking they were cows. Then after an hour, Pooh and Quique took a long nap in the truck while I just listed to my music on the iPod.

After just under three hours we made it to the town of Bernalillo which is right on the Rio Grande. We pulled into the campground and it looked pretty full. The only one working here was the camp host and she did find the last spot for us. So we made it a full campground, and it is a nice one at that. Since this is a very hot place, there were many shade trees in the place, along with very nicely covered patios and tables. The patio is shielded on three sides by an adobe looking structure with a cushy green carpet between it and the RV. On top of this, it is only $20 a night – SCORE!!! It's also next to the Rio Grande but I could not find a trail down to it – we are on a bluff overlooking the river. When we got here it was super hot and so was the RV. We put both the ACs to work and it took several hours to get the RV down to 80 degrees. (one of the best decisions of this trip was to take the portable AC – the regular AC would have froze several times in this heat without it).

For lunch I made my famous French Bread Pizza with chorizo on mine and spinach on Pooh’s. After that we relaxed in the RV for the afternoon. I did take Quique out for a small walk in the campground trying to find a way to the river, but it soon became way to hot. Around 5:00 we all took a 45 min. drive to Santa Fe for a walk and dinner. Lucky for me, I checked the status of the restaurants I had picked out to see if they were open on a Sunday – they were not. So I had to go to a plan B.

The drive to Santa Fe was mostly on the highway with 75 mph speed limit so the trip was fast. We got there around 6:00 on a Sunday evening so it was not too crowded – this is supposedly the most popular tourist place in New Mexico, so I’m sure it attracts the crowds on usual days. We parked just a few blocks from the main plaza and it was free – costs a couple bucks an hour usually. We had Quique with us so we first took a walk along the Santa Fe River walk – well, let’s just say the creek just beyond my back yard has more water flow than this. It was a pretty little park with nice green grass – which Quique loved to runaround in – benches, and public art. Pooh even found a tree to climb.

After a few blocks we took a side street to the downtown area toward the Plaza. Right away there was a Mariachi Band playing for a wedding procession through town. That just set the tone for this quaint Southwestern city. We went into a few shops, but not many since we had Quique and had to go in one at a time. And Quique is not the best at walking city streets. But this is just a walking and dinner trip as I’ll be back for a more extensive trip in a few days. The Plaza was nice with lots of trees and benches and people just hanging out – quietly. It was not very loud here on a Sunday evening.

We walked for about an hour and then headed back to the truck to find some dinner. We drove just outside the downtown area to find a place called Bumblebees. It was an odd name for a semi-fast food Mexican place. Kind of like a local Moe’s but run by Hispanics. The food was top notch and not too expensive. Pooh just got a bowl of rice and black beans – how exciting , - while I got this burrito with everything either inside or outside with green chilies. Yum, yum. We sat outside on the deck overlooking the street. Back in the truck we drove the 40 miles back to camp. For awhile we hung outside on our covered patio before heading to bed.
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