Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Turquoise Trail—Monday Afternoon

We left Old Town and headed for Tijeras, the starting point of the Turquoise Trail. This historic trail links Albuquerque with Santé Fe. It takes you through old mining towns, historic places, and scenic areas. First we drove to Sandia Crest. This is the other side of Sandia Peak and includes the ski area. The ski lifts were closed but we drove to the top and enjoyed the views.  

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This rocky area looked so fake but it was real. We started to see snow as we went up.

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Lots more snow as we got further up.

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The view at the top.

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It was beautiful up here.                                                     

We drove down and continued on the Turquoise Trail. One of the towns we came to was Madrid. This very old town became famous when the movie “Wild Hogs” was filmed here.

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It doesn't look like much but it was crowded with tourists.

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Maggie’s Diner---built just for the movie.

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Door to the diner advertising “Wild Hogs”.

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I could really picture this as the setting where the “Wild Hogs” were riding into town on their motorcycles.

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The rest of the drive was very scenic at places but we didn’t make stops due to time limits—we started pretty late in the afternoon and wanted to get back before dark. It had been a long day.

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