Originally published 27 February, 2014
Pro's Market!!! (Sadly, I found this closed in 2016. RIP Pro's.)
Today was grocery shopping day. Not because we needed groceries...but because we can get groceries here that we can't get other places. We loaded up on specialties of the area that we just can't get anywhere else.
Our souvenirs, oddly enough, are mostly edible. After this, we head back to the motorhome to put stuff away before our wanderings. To be honest, the grocery trips were not only a big part of our time...but a big part of our fun today.
I'm not saying it's the best camera shop west of the Mississippi....but it's the best one I've been in. I haven't seen one this good since the last time I was in New York City. Kuddos guys. The old guy at the counter does some digital and has the same camera as Laurie.....so they adapt as well.
We ride up and down Central Avenue (Route 66 through Albuquerque) and take photos of some of the signs in the daylight. We check out old places and just take it all in. There were some cool ones! Then we noticed the sky to our west.
We head back to the international district. This is not one of Albuquerque's better neighborhoods...but it has some of the old motels and old signs. The other night, there was one I wanted, but people and hookers were all over the place and headed our way. Tonight, I was ready to pop out, get a quick pic, and get back out.
We took a few other neon pics we missed the other night. I like having the pics as neon is sort of a dying art form. Most businesses nowadays go to animatronic boards, and while they look good, it's just not the same. I wanted pics to preserve this......if only for me.
Our last stop was for a hot dog at a landmark called "Dog House", with a killer neon sign. I had a footlong chilidog with a rootbeer. I want to note that green chile are the defacto state.....vegetable, spice, whatever they are. They're pretty spicy and put a zing into anything you add them to....which around here can be anything from sauces to ice cream. The chili on the chilidog was no different...as it was chock full of green chile. This stuff was pretty zingy!
The Dog House, an iconic Albuquerque hot dog joint. Like all of ABQ....it's all about the sign.
We finished our dogs and headed back to the motorhome. Tomorrow is another moving day.....and we have a nasty mess of weather coming in behind us. Our plan is to make Amarillo tomorrow night, and Oklahoma City Saturday night. Oklahoma City is supposed to be covered in ice and/or snow all day Sunday.....so we plan to hole up there until this mess passes.
Quote of the day:
Albuquerque is kinda like a questionable girl in a bar. She looks better at night. - Bill
Song of the day: Dog days are over- Florence + The machine
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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