Balloon Fiesta is just a few short days away and I just realized I've never really talked about what to do if you are here visiting for it and need things to do during the in between times.
So here are my top 5 things to do (Other than Balloon Fiesta)
Wrapping it up with some of our favorite places to eat..
I mean, hey you're here.. What kind of food are we having?
For breakfast.. Twisters breakfast burrito.. Every single time. If anyone tells you any different they know nothing about breakfast burritos.
A few local places:
Le Crepe Michel is one of our favorite places. A fantastic little French Restaurant on old town
The Range Cafe is a local favorite. There are several locations and the food is consistent among them
El Pinto for classic New Mexican food. But make reservations because they are jammed packed during Balloon Fiesta
Sadies is another New Mexican restaurant that is pretty popular with the locals
FYI, red or green will be asked at virtually every place you eat at. (except Le Crepe Michel)
Red or green meaning what kind of chile do you want. All grown in the state.. I'm pretty sure the green chile is the state food. Most out of staters will go for the green since it is new to them. Some say the green is hotter but it's mostly hit or miss.
Balloon Fiesta is by far my favorite time here and to share it with my favorite people kicks it up quite a few notches.
Either way old man.. Here's a few things to do while in Albuquerque during Balloon Fiesta and we will be doing it all over again next weekend
I love you old man.
So the debate continues on the accommodations. One thing we know is unless we can find a decent used travel trailer we will either stay using Airbnb or a hotel. It simply won't be cost effective to buy a travel trailer.
While that debate continues, we started a spreadsheet of all the places we want to see. A tab for each state. Plus maps of different routes.
The other day out of nowhere Randy says Great Falls, MT. I'm like "What about Great Falls, MT". He said we need to add it to our list. I asked what was in Great Falls that we need to see. (It was a specific place, I figured he had a specific reason). His reason.. Because it has The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. :0
You had me at Lewis & Clark.. I am a uuuuggge Lewis & Clark nerd.. So guess what was added to our spreadsheet?
Below is a little adventure from Amy..
In November of last year, Requita and I took a day trip along the Talimena Scenic Highway that stretches from Oklahoma into Arkansas. We didn't drive all the way to Arkansas but we managed to drive along a good chunk of it. Autumn is my favorite season and when I moved to Oklahoma from south Florida I was so happy to get Autumn back...so to speak. It was a perfect day. The weather, the colors and the company. I asked Requita for permission to use several of her photos from that day rather than using my own. Mine aren't terrible or anything. I just thought it would be lovely to share what Requita saw. My style of photography is definitely point and shoot, very lo-fi. Almost monochromatic. Requita is a far more accomplished photographer. She took courses in college and many of her photos won, or placed high in competitions. Requita has an excellent eye and for someone so terribly shy she's a fearless photographer. She has no qualms with stopping her car in the middle of a dirt road and stepping out and getting on her belly to take photos of rock formations. Requita likes rock formations. Both Gigi and I have tried to encourage Requita to post her photos on social media. Once in awhile we manage to convince her to do it. She fears that the response will be negative. So I was certainly surprised when she agreed to allow me to share a couple of her photos on Gigi's blog. Almost a year after that truly lovely day Requita has added the proverbial icing on the cake. I think everyone will agree that Requita has a gift. Thank you Requita!
Until next week,, Happy adventuring.
Another One of the first things we needed to decide is how much would it cost to take a full year off and can we pull that off.
We recognize the biggest chunk of our budget is going to be accommodations. So the question is how are we going to afford to take a full year off and travel across the country?
Randy prefers hotels to camping and my idea of roughing it is not being able to find the remote control.. To the fireplace.
So it's safe to say neither one of us is into camping. So the debate right now is.. Will it be cheaper to purchase a travel trailer or to stay in hotels. My initial thought was the travel trailer, but after running the numbers.. Cheap trailer around $20000.00, this does not include taxes, freight and set up. Add campsite charges between $20 - $60 a night or more.. let's go with the middle and say $45.00. Add in the cost of a generator, propane along the way. The additional cost in gas because the truck will be pulling extra weight, insurance for the trailer, upgrading at least one of our cell phones to be a hotspot.. It can add up. Averaging to over $100.00 a night just for lodging. Which is the cost for a middle of the road hotel, Which includes free Wi-Fi and in some cases breakfast is included.. Oh yeah.. Access to endless (or seemingly endless) hot water.. Another option which we are just now researching is Airbnb. All the comforts of home at a fraction of the cost
Although I like the idea of a travel trailer.. I mean a year on the road.. It would be nice to have a "home" to go back to at the end of the day. A familiar place. But.. The practical person wants to get the most bang for the buck.
So the debate continues.. Right now I'm leaning towards hotels or Airbnb.. Getting Randy on-board for either will be a piece o' cake.. After serving in the ARMY in his younger days and spending time in Germany outside when it was bitter cold has removed any desire to participate in anything that remotely resembles camping.. As for me.. I have my reasons to not be overjoyed with the prospect of camping.. That's another story for another time.
What I thought I would do with each new post is include photos from previous adventures from over the years.
Below are some photos from a trip I took to Alaska in 2008 with my sister in law Joyce.. We rented an RV.
I remember as we were driving down the road thinking how beautiful the landscape was and it couldn't possibly get anymore beautiful than this. And then we would round the corner to something even more beautiful.
We traveled the state from top to bottom. From Denali to Seward.
Until next week.
Randy and I will be celebrating our 6th anniversary in December and for most of that time I've struggled with being in NM. It's a beautiful place, just not my kind of beautiful. So we've talked and discussed moving.
But.. The biggest problem has been the where. His family is on the west coast while mine is on the east coast. So the moving conversation has gone on.. and on.. and on.. Literally for years.
The other day we were talking again.. We both know that we need to not be here. It isn't our happy place. But once again.. Where do we go?
At some point during our conversation I told him I think we should just sell everything, buy an RV and travel. I don't care to be burdened with things. I want experiences. I want to do all the things we want to do while we can. So that's the plan. Take a year off to travel across the country. Our goal is to be completely ready in 3 1/2 years. Pack it up and hit the road..
So expect to see our plans as they develop. Suggestions and ideas we find from others who have done just that.. (Sadly we are not trailblazers when it comes to this)
And stories & photos from previous adventures..
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