April 3 to 11, 2010 - New Mexico

We left Lubbock on April 3rd and headed west into New Mexico on US84.  Our original plan was to stop for the night in Fort Sumner, but since we got there early we decided to press on another hour to Santa Rosa, where US84 merges with I-40.  We turned the wrong way in town and had to back track but we were still in our campsite before 3PM after driving 211 miles.  This is our campsite at Santa Rosa Campground.

April 4th we did not have that far to go and continued west on I-40 and after 100 miles we were camped at Hidden Valley Resort in Tijeras, close to Albuquerque.    We had last stayed here in April 2008.   We did see some pronghorn on our drive so we know we are back in the west.

There are mountains visible here and even a bit of snow on the tops.

We drove down into Albuquerque and had dinner at Red Robin the first evening.  The next day, the 5th,  we restocked our supplies and had another very nice New Mexican lunch at Los Cuates, a favorite of ours.

The forecast was for windy days and nights and that was certainly true.  That reduced our playing tourist.

On the 6th we stayed put most of the day since the winds were quite strong.  We did venture out to Old Town Albuquerque for dinner.  Here is a view of the plaza in Old Town from our parking spot.

We were off to Restaurant Antiquity, which was wonderful.

On the 8th we drove 58 miles north to our friends' Ernst and Ruth's driveway in Lamy, near Santa Fe.  It had been too long since we stopped here, the last time was in October 2004.

After getting set up we drove into Santa Fe and had lunch at La Chosa, recommended by Ernst.

Ruth came home from work about 4:30 and Ernst came home about 5:30.

Their new cat, Nola.  She was fun and reminds us of Roger and Toni's cat, Gypsy.

Friday Ernst took us into Santa Fe where we toured around.

We had lunch at Clafoutis, which was quite nice.

Ernst during a walk.

Ginny is still around. 

Friday we had dinner at Mucho Gusto in Santa Fe, another great place to eat.

Canyon Road in Santa Fe on Saturday.

We had another great visit with Ernst and Ruth.  

On the 11th we headed out and after 222 miles we were camped at the Farmington, New Mexico Elks lodge. 

Not a bad stop and it even had a bit of a view.

Once set up we drove over to Sam's Club and got supplies for our journey into Southeast Utah.

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