Kent and Carol - Mobile travel blog

Chrisanna's House

Old Town

Church

Old Town

Aandia Crest Moutnain

Sunrise

Sky

Balloons


Thursday, October 5, we drove to Albuquerque. It was about a two and a half hour drive through desert type terrain. Just east of Albuquerque we ascended into some small mountains and then descended into the valley where Albuquerque is located. We were heading to the suburb of Rio Rancho, which is in the foothills of the mountain range on the west side of Albuquerque. From Rio Rancho you can get of good view overlooking the city of Albuquerque and the eastern range of mountains. What a great view. The reason we are in Rio Rancho is that a friend of the family lives there and we are using their driveway for a parking spot. Chrisanna was in the same Girl Scout troop with Michelle and Carol and Chrisanna's mom were the adult leaders of the troop. Chrisanna, Craig, her husband and their three children live in Rio Rancho. Also visiting them are Chrisanna's parents, Chris and Bill, so we are having a good time visiting with them also.

Friday Carol and I went to historic Old Town, which was the original town of Albuquerque. It is now a unique shopping district with many shops, boutiques and artist studios. Locals had their wares spread on blankets on the sidewalks. The buildings were mostly adobe building decorated with red chiles hanging outside to dry. In the center of Old Town was a park like plaza in front of the San Felipe de Neri Church. Carol bought several items and we also had to sample some of the candy made by the "Candy Lady".

Saturday morning, Carol and I got up early to watch the Mass Ascension of the Hot Air Balloons. We went to an overlook area that Chrisanna had pointed out to us. We got there by 7:00 am. Earlier that morning we had brief rain showers so we were not sure they would launch but about 7:20 the balloons started to take off. It was cloudy and we were a couple miles from the launch grounds but we could see balloons rise and travel across Albuquerque. Because of the weather it was pilot's discretion whether to launch or not. We lost count but there must have been over 200 in the air.

Saturday late afternoon all of us went to a Greek Festival at a Greek Church in the downtown area. They had creek food, crafts, dancing groups and bands.

Sunday Chrisanna's family, Carol and I were planning to get up early and go to the Balloon Fiesta. When we woke up at 5:15 am, it was raining. We turned on the TV and found out the Mass Ascension was canceled for today. So we went back to sleep. Later that day Carol and I went shopping and we returned to the RV in time to watch about three-quarters of the Chiefs game. They were playing Arizona so we were able to find the game on TV here. Chiefs won in overtime. That evening we took Chrisanna's family out to dinner. We requested a Mexican restaurant and they took us to a very nice place. It was a large converted residence of the typical Southwest adobe style building with different rooms for eating. It was excellent authentic Southwest Mexican food. I finished mine but most everybody else had some to take home. Wow, does that say anything about my eating habits? Monday we are heading for Santa Fe, New Mexico



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