Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Day 21: Albuquerque

I spent a few days in Albuquerque, New Mexico about 20 years ago.  I was going out to see a friend from high school get married.  Never having been to Albuquerque, I decided to go early and see the sights.

My work friend, Shawna, took a few days off and went with me as my "plus one".  I am fine to travel alone, but the trip was so much more fun with a playmate!

We had a huge layover in Dallas so we rode around on the monorail in the early dawn waving at flightline workers.  We started touring right away, finding our way into old downtown within an hour of checking into our hotel.  Lunch was on the porch of a big hacienda-style restaurant, with more fried ice-cream than actual food, and exploring the shops and museums there.

That night we found our way to an audience-participation showing of Rocky Horror.  Its fun to throw rice and shoot water guns as part of the movie!

Next day was the wedding.  It was outdoor and on the patio of a local bed & breakfast.  Afterward, we headed out for Sandia Peak and the Sandia Peak Tramway.  Shawna and I hiked all over the top and had a thoroughly wonderful time.  The weather was perfect for hiking, warm and sunny.  We descended the mountain at sunset, then turned in early in anticipation of an early flight home.

Our flight home was a bit of an adventure as well.  On the last leg, from Dallas to Tulsa, we were flying on a rather small plane and open seating was being used.  We went to the back for the bench-style seating.  There were already two gentlemen there, and they both asked if we really wanted to sit there with them.  Shawna made a joke about the movie "Con Air" (which had been out for just that summer) and went ahead and sat.  Then one of those gentlemen rattled his chains at us and we realized that we had just sat next to a convict and a US Marshal!  I do believe that was one of the most unusual plane rides I have ever taken.  Unbelievably, we shared a laughter filled, pleasant afternoon of conversation with people we would not have met otherwise.

Shawna now lives in Florida selling real estate to wealthy retirees.  I think it might be about time for a visit!

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