Weather was 70’s during the day, 40’s at night. Blue skies, no clouds.
After realizing the truth about leaving my Kindle Touch on the flight from Colorado to Albuquerque my wife went online to find out what I needed to do in the hopes of having it returned. Here efforts produced and email address and some instructions; in as much detail as you can remember give the flight number, row, seat #, description of the Kindle, name and contact info.
I listed out in granular detail flight details and because I have a pretty distinctive Kindle Touch case so I thought there might be a good chance I would see it again if the cleaners found it and turned it in to lost and found. All I could do was wait and hope.
We ate breakfast in our condo and then decided to head to the artsy/touristy area of downtown that was just a few blocks away from us.
There were many shops filled with local artists. There were tons of mediums too, oil, acrylic, bronze, pottery. It was great. Dotted throughout these shops were jewelry shops that carries many fantastic pieces from local and native artists. They tended to work with precious and semi-precious stones, silver and turquoise. We also found the tourist destinations among all the other shops that sold t-shirts, mugs, spices, bottle-cap openers, and tons of other brick-a-brack.
After a couple of hours of making our way through the shops we inevitably ended up and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi which the street we were on culminated at.
Once we walked around this wonderful stone edifice, talking a stroll on the meditation path out front we decided to head out for some food. We decided to stop at the Thunderbird Bar & Grill. The Thunderbird Bar & Grill is located on the second story of a complex of stores down below. This seemed to be very common, retail stored below and restaurants above.
Our lunch was pretty good. Jessica had tortilla soup and I had a hamburger. While we ate we planned what to do next. Which happened to be Bandelier National Monument.
We got in our rented red Mazda 2 and made our way to the monument. If you have never been you should definitely go. It is worth it. Wear some good walking shoes and a camera.
Here are some of the pics we got while walking the couple of miles of truly wondrous landscape.
After all this amazing history and scenery the walk back to the car is much easier being mostly down hill and in the shade. Along the way we did spot a very cute critter called an Abert Squirrel. Along this part of our walk we only did see the one four-legged critter but we did see some ravens that were very loud and boisterous. All in all this was a very pleasant place to be and if I had to choose a place to live hundreds of years ago, I think I would have chosen here too.
After thoroughly enjoying our selves on our first full day we decided to head back home for dinner. We decided to grab some chips, salsa, black bean humus and beer for dinner. We relaxed a bit and watched the season premier of The Voice on my laptop.
What a great first day!
More to come…