We enjoyed our last few days in Albuquerque and especially all the red and green chile we consumed while visiting. It was fun visiting with Vicki and Roger and we really appreciated them letting us road gypsies spend a few nights with them while the RV was in the shop for annual maintenance.
Sharon wanted to explore the Nob Hill part of town so Sharon, Vicki and I drove into the city over by the University of New Mexico. Nob Hill is what I call the “college strip” or an area popular with the nearby college students. There were some trendy boutiques, lots of restaurants and drinking establishments. There were two breweries in the area as well so we visited the one with the higher Beer Advocate rating – Kelly’s Brew Pub. I treated the girls to a frosty beverage and we watched a bit of the World Cup… good fun and conversation!
Our last night in town we went to see a minor league baseball game as the Albuquerque Isotopes were taking on the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Isotopes are a LA Dodgers affiliate and although they lost there were lots of homeruns and very clever between inning entertainment. Vicki and Roger also said we needed to stay to the end as they put on a fantastic fireworks show. Pretty much the whole (nearly sold out) stadium stayed to the bitter end and indeed we saw an exquisite display of pyrotechnics!
The next morning we bid our farewells to our friends and headed over to Freightliner to pick up our RV. I had spent considerable time in the early hours of the morning route planning and we decided to head over toward Moab instead up up toward Alamosa or Denver. The main reason was three nice days of weather are expected in the Moab area which will be great for us to explore Arches National Monument and the Dead Horse State Park.
We drove further than we really like to drive but to take advantage of the weather situation we drove about 250 miles. We pulled into the Sleeping Ute RV Park near the Ute Mountain Casino for a one night stay. They are a Passport America Park as well so we were able to get an inexpensive one night stay. After getting settled we drove up to Cortez, Colorado and checked out the small town. Not much open on a late Sunday afternoon but we did find the Main Street Brewery. open for business. Sharon later said this place had one of her top three Stouts. It was a very upbeat, lively place to visit after a long drive and also a great way to celebrate Father’s Day! Hope everyone else out there had a great one too…