Colorado/Albuquerque trip: Day 1, travel

Whilst planning our trip for England, I had another trip dropped in my lap. It was a work trip, but I could tack some personal travel (at my own expense of course) travel onto it. And if Doug and Elena came with, we could do some fun stuff together. So we went for it!

In early October we headed to the airport, headed for Albuquerque. The tickets were super pricy since everyone was heading there for the Balloon Fiesta, so Elena was a lap baby once again. For a fairly long flight which had us a little concerned, but it ended up working out fine. We had a two hour delay (from which we netted a hundred bucks each of voucher cash). But we were able to get her tired out before the flight.

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While we got our rental car, I Yelped for something recommended to eat and we ended up at El Modelo, which was cheap and delicious. Not a lot of seating, but a few tables outside. We snagged one and enjoyed the food and the lovely weather.

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So, where were we heading first? Actually not Albuquerque – but instead, Alamosa, Colorado to check out the Sand Dunes National Park! I had been there 20 years ago with a college friend and I always wanted to take Doug there, so I was glad when he suggested it as a possible weekend trip.

En route, and near sunset, we hit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, so we got out to check it out!

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And then I freaked out because some asshole backed out of his spot super fast, and just kept backing up, for far longer than necessary, and I was so afraid he was going to hit Doug and Elena. Doug had given him plenty of room, but his driving was so erratic that it scared me. Fortunately, he did not hit them. But I was a little shaky after that.

Back on the road:

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We got in to Alamosa quite late, so we just went to bed and that was the end of our travel day!

Categories: Colorado, New Mexico