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07/26/2013

On The Road to Rt. 66 - Exploring Albuquerque

 

It is our 6th day traveling Rt. 66.  We’ve been averaging over 300 miles a day, but today logged  only 78.  We spent it driving in and around Albuquerque!

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Our first stop, the Sandia Mountains located within the Cibola National Forest.

  

We explored a bit first, checking out the ski slopes and hiking trails dipping in and out of the clouds.  Quite an experience!

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After a break from the high altitude, we ventured west to the Petroglyph National Monument.  This National Park contains more than 20,000 images carved in stone - some recognizable as animals or people, others more mysterious.

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Archeologists estimate most of the images were made 400 to 700 years ago by the ancestors of today’s Native people. Some images, however, may be 2000 to 3000 years old.

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In our limited amount of time we were able to hike 3 short trails and see dozens of petroglyphs.  One can only imagine the significance these images represented hundreds, perhaps thousands of years ago.

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Our day ended with dinner in Albuquerque’s Old Town at a charming Mexican/American restaurant.  The vibrant colors of the sunset over the mountains were just a taste of things to come as we leave the "Land of Enchantment," and continue our road trip west tomorrow. 

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Next stop - Flagstaff Arizona!

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