Driving the Turquoise Trail

Turquoise TrailTraveling from Albuquerque to Santa Fe you can be a really boring person and take I-25 north, or you can meander up the historically significant Turquoise Trail (NM 14). The trail is a designated National Scenic Byway comprised of 50+ miles (more if you veer off at the south end to drive the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway). A few of the points I thought were interesting:

Sandia Crest Scenic Byway: My first taste of mountains in a while. A short drive that climbs 4,000 feet above Albuquerque, and worth it if only for a break from the desert. I’d never been so thrilled to see trees.

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Destination: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque’s Old Town neighborhood

I’m an excellent speller, but couldn’t piece out “Albuquerque”  until a few days before I arrived. It’s one of those words you know exists, but you think you’ll never have to use it. So wrong.

Somewhat less annoying than writing out “Albuquerque” is the city itself, which doesn’t offer much to humankind. A few neighborhoods I visited (and my thoughts) are as follows:

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