Hello! Today I have Day Four of Our Road Trip Out West to share with you. If you missed my first two posts of our fall vacation, you can see them HERE and HERE. After a fun day exploring the city of Santa Fe, it was time to head to Albuquerque: our ultimate destination of this adventure. However, being the explorers that we are, we didn't want to do it the easy way and just get on the main highway, so we decided to take The Turquoise Trail. This is a National Scenic Byway that connects Santa Fe to Albuquerque. It is 54 miles long and it is named for the rich turquoise deposits found throughout the area. While driving this beautiful byway, you will see gorgeous mountains, interesting rock formations, and some really quirky towns. It is an experience not to be missed!
Below is a photo of the typical landscape of the byway.
As you see, I'm all dressed out in my biker gear of a vegan leather black moto jacket, scarf, and sunglasses. This trail is a favorite road for Harley Davidson's lovers to drive on, so I had to look the part!
Even my handsome hubby has his black leather jacket on for the occasion.
|Here are some interesting rock formations.|
The name of this town is Madrid, and it is actually a recovered ghost town of about 150 villagers who turned the abandoned buildings into cafes, galleries, and shops. It is a gorgeous little town nestled in the mountains (see the mountain in the distance, at the end of the road?) filled with colorful, quirky, little homes and businesses.
The movie 'Wild Hogs' was filmed almost entirely in New Mexico, and the sleepy, little town of Madrid was used for many of the scenes in the movie. This old boarding house, which is used as a general store today, was a backdrop in many of the movie scenes.
I have to say that as a business woman myself, I was surprised that the owners did not capitalize more on the history of this building. If I ran this business today, I would have created a little museum of sorts showing personal photos of the Wild Hogs movie being filmed here, along with interesting stories. I could just see pictures of John Travolta and Tim Allen all over the walls of the shop along with little captions and fun facts. Instead, all they had was merchandise cluttered all over the place. I actually had no idea of the history of this building until I got home and started researching the facts for my blog post.
According to a local resident this house is the most photographed home in Madrid. I thought it was abandoned, but someone does live here. I was told that the current resident was a history buff and didn't believe in home renovations. Being the gullible person that I am, I believed the man until my husband told me later that he was joking.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our morning adventure on the Turquoise Trail. Next week's travel post will be all about our visit to Old Town Albuquerque.
Have a great day! Amy