Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fun With Friends in Albuquerque

Things definitely have a way of working out. While we were initially disappointed to miss Canyon de Chelly, we were able to spend a few hours with good friends Kathy and Ron on Monday. They were getting ready to head out for their trip through Utah, northern California, and up into Canada for the summer so the timing was perfect.

We first met these folks two years ago at this very campground when they were parked next to us, and we've been good friends ever since. It's always such fun to meet up with them here and there along our travels, and this time was no exception. It's American Indian Week right now, which culminates in the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow this weekend. So we decided to visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to see some of the special activities going on, as well as their regular exhibits.

This was a neat place! I always enjoy watching the dancers and seeing their beautiful native dress.

The Cultural Center has a really nice collection of pottery...

...clay figurines, such as this drum storyteller...

...and a really nice display on weaving the ceremonial sashes used in traditional clothing.

Here is a traditional cautionary tale about why you should never let a baby cry.

When we were done with the Cultural Center, we drove over to Albuquerque's Old Town to walk around a little. We loved seeing the buildings' architecture.

We topped off the day with a meal at Sadies. What yummy food! The chicken enchiladas were fabulous.

It was so great to spend time catching up with Kathy and Ron, and we look forward to meeting up with them again somewhere down the road.

On Tuesday we had lunch with yet another couple who live in Albuquerque, our dear friends Linda and Chuck. You may recall that we first met these folks when we were volunteering at Desert Haven Animal Rescue in Williamsburg, NM. Chuck and Linda have a vacation home in nearby Elephant Butte, and she came over for a weaving lesson. Since then we've been good friends, and have been able to get together several times in the past year. We dined together yesterday at Vic's Daily Cafe and had a wonderful meal and great conversation with our friends. If you are looking for a really good sandwich in Albuquerque, do go to Vic's. You won't be disappointed. Thanks to Kathy and Ron for the recommendation!

All too soon it was time to say goodbye. The good thing is that Linda and Chuck will be wintering next year in Tucson, only an hour from where we will be staying in Benson. We plan on seeing them a lot next winter.

So here we are, waiting out the weather. We saw rain yesterday for the first time in what seems like ages, and the winds have continued to be strong. Today's a good day to take it easy and regroup before moving on later in the week.

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