Monday, March 09, 2009

Still in New Mexico

Turns out we can drive the truck around town but we shouldn't get it out on the open road for a few hours. We checked out of the Blue Swallow and found some hot food at the Pow Wow Restaurant. Tucuamcari is (was) famous for their neon signs. There was a pretty cool one on the Pow Wow along with several cigar store indians. After lunch we went to the Mesalands dinosaur museaum. It was ony 6 bucks to get in and it was fantastic!

Mesalands community college in tucumcari has a palentolgoy program. They found 4 or 5 dinos last year! The museum has fossils you can touch! Also they have replicas cast in broze so you can touch those too. I can't even begin to describe how cool it was. If it was such a drive to NM from IA i'd recommend it to anyone with kids.

We finally got on the road around 130. It was horribly windy with 50 mph gusts. I really think New Mexico is pretty, but there is not a lot out here. We got to Albuquerque in the late afternoon. Kurt hasn't been there before so we stopped to look around in Old Town. We did a little shopping and enjoyed the architecture. There were chili ristra's allover. It was chilly with the wind. Since it was late in the day I don't think my pictures are going to be very good. Plus I was cold and didn't really give a rip about being creative.

After an hour or so we got back on the road. As we were leaving town there was a gorgeous dramatic storm cloud and sunset over Sandia Peak. It seemed like we drove all damn day but we only made it to Truth or Consequences, NM crashing for the night in the Super8. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

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