Adios, Albuquerque

This year, there was no spring break road trip – adios, Albuquerque.  Adios to the best week of the year.  Adios to the canyons of the Southwest.  The only novel adventure this year is named Corona – and I don’t mean the arch in Utah.

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Petroglyph National Monument HQ – 2014

Albuquerque is about 6-8 hours down US Hwy 550.  In fact, that highway starts in Montrose and ends in Albuquerque.

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Petroglyph National Monument near Albuquerque, NM – 2014

When I think of Albuquerque, I think of my 2014 road trip with my new dog, Maizzy, and my new Honda Fit, Mini Pearl.  I had plans for Chaco Canyon and for Route 66, and what lie in between was a mystery – my choice of which way to turn on the open road.  The first couple of years, I didn’t get reservations until the day I left the previous motel.  More dogs = more planning.

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Petroglyph National Monument – 2014

I don’t like cities, so I was zooming as quickly as I could from US Hwy 550 to I-40 (Route 66) when I noticed a sign for Petroglyph National Monument.  I was like – “Well, that sounds interesting”, so off I went.  There was a dog friendly section where we hiked until mid afternoon.

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Maizzy – my non-desert dog in the desert at Petroglyph National Monument

Road trips through the Southwest are geology on wheels.  I found these petroglyphs stunning because they were on volcanic rock and not red sandstone like I am use to.  This one looks like Charlie Brown with a baseball cap to me.

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Charlie Brown Petroglyph and Petroglyph National Monument

 

From there, we headed west on I-40.  I saw signs for El Malpias National Monument, so we stopped there for a short scenic drive.  It was like a combo of volcanic rock and red sandstone.  I realized they what I realize most everyday of every road trip – that I play too long and run out of time before I want to stop.

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El Malpias National Monument – 2014

The other cool place near Albuquerque is Salinas Mission Pueblos National Monument.  We didn’t run into these 2016.  That was another serendipity where we were on a stretch of highway with nothing to do between point A and point B – then there was this photo on the wall of ruins – and I had to find them.

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Maizzy at Salinas Mission Pueblo Ruins – 2016

Last year, our trip took us through that area, again – so I went with all three dogs.  I love the big old mission buildings as a background for my small dogs.

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Kachina, Sazi, and Maizzy at Salinas Mission Pueblo Ruins National Monument – 2019

These trips to me are Albuquerque – unique in culture and landscape.  Adios Albuquerque was added to my daylily garden in 2016, I think.  After these trips that are forever engraved in my memory.  I put it in my Southwest garden with (mostly) other Ned Roberts spiders.

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Adios Albuquerque daylily – 2019

The garden was put in where there was only rock garden – on the easement between the sidewalk and the street.  I have no back yard, because it is a split lot – so I actually have almost all of these daylilies in buried pots in case the water main ever busts there.

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Adios Albuquerque daylily – 2019

I like the bloom – it is subtle.  Albuquerque was Ned’s home until he moved to Colorado for treatment – at least that is my understanding.  He, no doubt, loved the New Mexico culture.  It is different from Colorado . . . it must have been hard for him to say Adios, Albuquerque.  Fortunately, I have his daylilies to take me on a road trip on the year of the pandemic.

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Adios Albuquerque daylily 2019

 

 

Land of Enchantment

I love New Mexico.  It is, indeed, lives up to its motto of being the Land of Enchantment.  I have a fair number of daylilies named after New Mexico places.  More than any other State with the exception of Colorado.  Probably largely because Spiderman, Ned Roberts, (my favorite hybridizer) lived in Albuquerque for several years.

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Land of Enchantment 2019

We traveled through New Mexico on our April Southwest road trip this year.  We saw badlands, flea markets, monuments, ruins, and white sands.  It was awesome . . . at least until norovirus hit and wrecked havoc on the last 4 days of a 9 day trip.  But, I was well until we were in Arizona and headed back toward the 4-corners.

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Chaco Canyon 2019

We will be down in the 4-corners area for Labor Day.  I am looking forward to it . . . I should say we were also near there on our summer road trip, but not in New Mexico.

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Chama Valley 2019

I have actually visited places in New Mexico because I have daylilies with that name.  Like Ghost Ranch – totally put it on the map because of my daylily.

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Ghost Ranch 2019

Chaco Canyon I visited long before my daylily collection – It is such a sacred place with the roughest 20 something mile road in the world.  But worth it.

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Santa Fe Christmas 2019

Santa Fe is a pretty yuppie town (is that still a word?)  Artists abound and it is kind of pricy, but we were near there a few years ago passing through New Mexico.

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Truchas Sunrise – 2019

Truchas, New Mexico is about halfway between Santa Fe and Taos.  I actually contemplated driving there just because of my daylily, but didn’t like the traffic of Santa Fe.

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Star over Milagro 2019

I’ve never been to Milagro – but it isn’t too far from the Salinas Pueblo Mission Ruins south of Albuquerque that we have visited a couple of times.  Next time, maybe I will plan to go watch stars over Milagro.

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Moon over Chimayo

Chimayo, New Mexico is east of Espanola, where my favorite Aunt Pearl once lived.  The road trips have taken us close to Chimayo . . . maybe next time.

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Navajo Grey Hills 2019

Navajo Grey Hills is likely named after Two Grey Hills Trading Post.  This is a place I have driven through between Shiprock and Window Rock on the Navajo reservation.  Honestly, it must have been before one of my daylilies was named after the place because I had to look up where the name came from.  Again . . . future destination.

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Adios Albuquerque 2019

I have been to Albuquerque many times.  I don’t like cities – but there are also some cool smaller towns and attractions near Albuquerque. I like Petroglyph National Monument!  US Highway 550 starts in my hometown of Montrose, CO and ends just north of Albuquerque – 305 miles from my door (+/-).  Chaco Canyon is along that route.  I often take the backroads, though.

So, tonight I am using internet explorer to blog.  Still glitchy (my photos keep disappearing) but faster than Edge.  Ugh . . . I may just have to switch out of S Mode and go back to Chrome.  This would be murder during peak season.