We'd planned to stay overnight at the Star Ana Casino which is 15 minutes away from the Ford Dealer so we were only a short distance away for our 8 am appointment today. Unfortunately they no longer allow overnight camping so on to Plan B. After having a quick bite of lunch and a walk for Freya (unfortunately there was tons of goathead and I had to go out and help Freya and Ray as they had it stuck everywhere!) ... we went directly to the Ford Dealer and dropped off the car, signed all of the paperwork and will wait to hear from them tomorrow as to what the problem is (and how much it is going to cost.). The Ford Dealer had a deal with Enterprise car rental a mile down the road so we went there and rented a car for 2 days so we can explore the area.
My new wheels.
|2017 Dodge Journey|
|1950 Hudson Commodore towing a 1954 Vakashunette|
|1963 Winnebago with a Hudson as a tow vehicle.|
|Where the R-Pod idea came from???|
Wednesday we were out the door by 9 am on our way to the Petroglyph National Monument. The park volunteer at the Visitor's Centre noticed Ray's camera and suggested we take a less popular trail as it's better for pictures. The trail was 1 1/2 miles long (we only went two-thirds of it) but flat and sandy so easy to walk in the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. The glyphs were all on lava rock. It did not take us very long to complete.
|One of the most publicized glyphs.|
|Some of the glyphs were made after the Spanish came to America as this depicts a horse and rider.|
|This roadrunner was hopping along following us.|
Once back at the car we decided to go to "Old Town" Albuquerque and scare up some authentic Mexican Food. We ate at the Hacienda del Rio Restaurant and Cantina. A margarita was definitely in order after all that walking. Our meals were excellent and we ate so much that we had to walk around the plaza and a few of the stores just to wear off our food. There are lovely shops and hidden plaza's everywhere. They also had lovely jewelry but we just window shopped.
|San Felipe de Neri Church|
|They have these dried chili's hanging everywhere in Old Town|
Thursday, our last day here hopefully, Ray and I decided to check out the Rio Grande Nature Centre in hopes of getting close to the Rio Grande River for some pictures. Ray has always wanted to see this river as it stars in a lot of westerns and country songs. The Visitor Centre at the nature centre was quite interesting as it had room with glass viewing windows facing into a large pond with lots of ducks and turtles. There was even a couple of ladies painting.
|Red Eared Slider Turtle|
|Trail to the River|
As both places only took about an hour we decided to go back to the Petroglyph National Monument to take the most popular trail to see a few more glyphs. I was glad the park volunteer sent us to the other trail the day before as it was an easier walk and hundreds more glyphs to see. At the Bocco Negra Canyon Ray only walked up one-third the way up the hill as it was too steep to carry on.
After all that walking, we wanted to try out a Diner's Drive-in's and Dives location called Nexus I'd read up on. Bonus, it's a Brew Pub! We sampled four of their beer and every one is great, as was the food. Ray ordered an appy of Catfish Nuggets for $8 and got a bowl of three fillets cut up and breaded in cornmeal.... yumm!
Back at home we waited for the call on the car. Ray took the rental back and they drove him to the Ford Dealer. He was back home by 5:30, so another long day. Tomorrow we leave and get back to the things we had planned.
Although we had not expected to see Albuquerque this trip we enjoyed it. We found the people here to be extremely friendly and considerate from the Ford service people, rental care people, RV Park resort people and everyone else we came in contact with. We would definitely come back again.