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Friday, October 14, 2011

On the Turquoise Trail

The interstate highway that runs between Albuquerque and Santa Fe is I25 but there's a two lane paved highway, Hwy 14, that follows the same route but through the foothills of the mountains. A lot of the towns on the route were forming mining towns including Madrid (accent on the first syllable) which used to mine coal. Most are now ghost towns but Madrid is a funky little artsy haven - lots of galleries, gift shops, a mine museum and several watering holes.
Here are some photos of the storefronts in Madrid, population 1,118.

We stopped at The Holler for lunch and had to try the deep fried pickles because it's something I've never had. They are thin, round slices of dill pickles very lightly battered, deep fried and served with a mayo dip. Actually quite yummy and more like a light tempura batter than a heavy corn-dog batter.
Further along the trail, closer to Albuquerque we come to the town of Sandia Crest because I HAD to visit Tinkertown. Mr. Clark started carving 40 years ago and most of the things you see in his museum he made himself. He is a member of the Circus Carvers of America. There are a lot of pieces from amusement parks and circuses that have now closed and it is a sight to 
behold. So behold the sights.