Now in Taos

ToadDate 0029.10.27.2016-NM We drove to Taos today to crew with David and Anita’s balloon in the Taos Balloon Festival this weekend. We have also committed to crewing at Page, AZ next weekend with them. First, let us catch you up on what has been happening. The all-consuming item has been the hail repairs on the … More Now in Taos

Myles Update

ToadDate 0021.10.19.2016-NM Myles here. My traveling companion, Lewis, has been ill the last few days. He says it’s nothing to worry about, just allergies. But, all that coughing, sneezing, and nose blowing is a little distressing. The worst thing is his red eyes. They are downright frightful, they almost look like mine when I am … More Myles Update

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

ToadDate 0018.10.16.2016-NM About 80 miles Southeast of Albuquerque is Mountainair, NM. It is the headquarters of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. On Sunday afternoon we visited the Abo and Quarai missions. In 1581, the Spanish visited the area and found a thriving agricultural society which used the Abo Pass as a trade route between … More Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

ABQ Old Town

ToadDate 0016.10.14.2016-NM On Friday we spent about 3 hours walking through Historic Old Town Albuquerque. The Villa de Albuquerque was founded on April 23, 1706. Spanish law at that time required that a plaza be created in the center of any villa. That is why you see so many plazas in the towns that were … More ABQ Old Town

Nelson and the VLA

ToadDate 0014.10.12.2016-NM We had time today to visit with Lewis’ friend from first grade, Nelson Johnson. Nelson lives in Belen, NM, which is about 40 miles from Albuquerque. We had lunch at Pete’s Mexican restaurant in Belen (Nelson said it’s the best restaurant in Belen). After lunch we left for the Very Large Array (VLA) … More Nelson and the VLA

Turquoise Trail

ToadDate 0013.10.11.2016-NM On Tuesday we traveled the Turquoise Scenic Byway to Santa Fe. Turquoise is found all over New Mexico. The trail took us up to the top of Sandia Peak, which is over 10,000 feet high overlooking Albuquerque. From the lookout at the top it was a magnificent view of the city and surrounding … More Turquoise Trail

Santa Fe Trail

ToadDate 0007.10.05.2016-NM Today we went to Las Vegas, NM for some shopping and to see some of the town. Las Vegas is on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and also historic Route 66. The Santa Fe Trail was blazed in 1821 and connected Franklin, MO with Santa Fe, NM, it was initially about 934 … More Santa Fe Trail