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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Well, I'm sitting here in the Best Western in Old Town Albuquerque. Dad and I arrived around 3 or 4pm this afternoon, not accounting for the time change.

I drove the whole distance from Flagstaff to Albuquerque which wasn't bad, although I always feel wiped out after the long drives. I guess it has something to do with having to concentrate for such a long time. I am finding it interesting how the landscape is quite different from state to state. The desert is completely different from CA to AZ to NM. I think I prefer AZ the most, but New Mexico also has beautiful landscape.

What Albuquerque, New Mexico doesn't have, though, is a nightlife. Dad and I walked to Old Town for dinner (not too far away--maybe four blocks or so) and there was nothing going on. Everything was closed. We went to dinner at Little Anita's, which serves New Mexican food. I ordered beef soft tacos and was surprised to find that my tacos were fried. They weren't crispy, but were definitely fried or soaked in grease. With my tacos came chile. Not exactly knowing what that meant, I asked the waitress what it was. She couldn't describe it to me and was very surprised that I didn't know what chile was. I chose to have red chile (aka "hot") instead of green chile (mild) and the lady seemed impressed by my intrepid choice. Turns out that "chile" is sorta like enchilada sauce and New Mexico's version of "hot" is spicy, but not very hot.

The weather here is pretty neat. Today it was warm (maybe 80s) yet had a cool, gusty wind and storm-like clouds. I even saw a few bolts of lightning, which was cool. Tomorrow we finish off New Mexico, go through the pan handle of Texas to arrive in Oklahoma City. I think the drive will be the longest so far, over 500 miles.

- Jenny, 8/31/2004 08:53:00 PM

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