28.03.2011 - 29.03.2011
After a long day of hiking we pulled into town about 8 pm. Showers were a must before we could venture out in public and taste to local foods. But alas, by the time we got it all together the places we wanted to eat were closed. Fortunatly we found an amazing bar called 2 Fools Pub right across the street from the hotel, and to be honest we are really glad our first plans fell through. We had Scottish Eggs with spicy mustard that blew our minds, then shared a salmon and capers dish, and of course we had to have the fish and chips. So full it hurt we went 2 doors down to Monte Vista Firestation, after a couple drinks and a little drama we headed back for a good nights sleep.
We were going to get up and drive to 4 corners to take the famous picture but we decided to stay in Albuquerque one more day instead and just rearrange our travel plans. We had breakfast at Burritos Alinstante, yummm is all I can say. We decided to do some shopping and as it turns out they have this really cute little setup called Old Town. Adorable little shops in the historic district made for a lot of fun and I found some really cool Dia de los Muertos stuff to add to my world religion wall. Katrina found an awesome belt buckle and we both picked up some small souvinirs for loved ones. Feeling the rumble in out bellys we found our way to Los Cuates for a late lunch, we shared the Indian Taco smothered in green chile. Actually, I even had a burger outside of Carlsbad that had green chiles on it, I have now realized what I am missing on the green chile thing and will do everything I can to make sure I have as many of them in my diet from now on. We even stopped at a DQ on our way to the Painted Desert and they offed to put green chiles on my turkey sandwich, "YES PLEASE!"
Since we decided to stay an extra night this gave us a chance to ride the Sandia Peak Tram. It takes you to the top of the mountain then back down again. Katrina was less then pleased that there was snow at the top but it was a breath taking view none the less. Katrina also thanked me for not wanting to hike that mountain instead of the Guadalupes.
Marble Brewery was next on our list before leaving town. They had some amazing beer and a very artsy crowd, 2 people were playing fiddles on the patio and it made for a quaint background. I really enjoyed it but we needed to start driving to our next destination(Katrina was the DD) so we could jump up in the am for our Painted Desert fun.