We skidded into Albuquerque on two wheels leaving a path of death and destruction in our wake. No literally, well maybe not destruction but definitely death. You ever have one of those moments when a bird or an animal dodges in front of your vehicle and you think to yourself “I hope that guy made it”? Well, sadly, this meadowlark did not make it. Poor guy.
We had one mission when we got to Albuquerque, score on some Crystal Blue. Those of you who are Breaking Bad fans know exactly what I am talking about. Albuquerque is the home of Walter White, Jessie, Saul Goodman and Gus Fring. Breaking Bad is one of the best dark (dramas?) ever and it was filmed right here in Albuquerque! So, we set out to see if we could score some of the infamous 'Blue'.
Our first stop was Walt’s house. Although Walt is dead, maybe Skyler can point us in the right direction. According to the show, it should be at 308 Negra Arroya Lane. Well, they must have moved some streets around as we did not find that address, but we did find the house! A quick internet search will tell you the real address of the house along with many of the other filming sites for the show. There was a note in the site we read asking you to leave the residents alone. It even stated that more than once, someone has thrown a pizza on the roof!
Apparently, they must have a lot of people looking for the same thing as there was a fence, gate and signs asking people to basically leave them alone. Seriously, what do they expect, they bought the house of basically the most famous meth manufacturer in the world.
With no luck there we went to find Saul. Surely, he would know where we could score. If memory served me correctly, his office was in a nail salon…… Found it! Unfortunately, it was boarded up and no one there to help us.
Undaunted we carried on to the car wash. You know, the one Walt and Skyler bought to launder all their money? Well, we found it, but it was sold, and the new owner had no idea where I could find some ‘Blue’.
As we were leaving the car wash area, we spotted this in someone's driveway.
Now I cannot say for sure if this is the RV as I could not see the door with the telltale bullet holes but I do not think it was a coincidence!
By now the dogs were ready for a walk so we went to a nearby park. The park, like most businesses in the area was closed. It looks like the meth problem has really taken its toll on this area of Albuquerque. But we parked the truck outside the gates and walked the dogs in where we found this….
There was really a lot more than this. There had to be a dozen syringes and two crack pipes (and a bunch of other stuff) in an area that was very recently vacated. My first guess that Dino was in the area, but I looked around and did not see anyone in an EZ Lift chair. If it was him, he obviously left the area.
Where to next? How about Los Pollos Hermanos the fast-food place where Gus had his office? It too had been sold and changed names.
I had one last place I could look. Certainly, Wendy would know we could get some. We headed over to the Crossroads Motel that she frequented. It was exactly how it was portrayed in the show. Run down, beat up, seedy and weedy. As we pulled into the parking lot, I found the song ‘Windy’ on Pandora and cranked it up hoping she would show up, but she was a no show. She must have been "busy" somewhere else.
So, we were not able to score, but we did see some interesting sights. Not your typical tour of Albuquerque, but being such big fans of the series, we found it entertaining.
So, what else did we do in Albuquerque you ask? Well, we went to the Petroglyph National Monument. Although we had just seen some petroglyphs a few days before, we wanted to see some more (and Barb wanted to get her Passport stamped). We went to the Piedras Marcadas Canyon area which is dog friendly and walked the 1.5-mile loop which contains hundreds of petroglyphs.
It is believed that the majority of the petroglyphs were created from 1300-1680. Very interesting.
Was this really a means of honoring Gods or communicating to others or was it some bored kids in the 1200's doing rock graffiti? We may never know.
The hike and entire area did not disappoint. We saw dozens and dozens of petroglyphs throughout the area and one wily coyote who was eyeing up Zoey like she was a tasty morsel.
Having worked up an appetite, we headed to our Harvest Host location for the night. Starr Brothers Brewery has a nice gravel lot that would accommodate a dozen rigs or so. We were one of 3 to stay there that night. Their slogan should be 'Come for the beer, stay for the food' as both were delicious! If you stop there, get the truffle fries, trust me.
The next day we rode the Sandia Peak Tram to the top. The elevation went from around 6,000' to just over 10,000'. At $24/person it was well worth it. The views were incredible! If you look closely at the bottom left picture, you can see the shadow of the tram in the bottom left corner.
New Mexico has a very interesting State Flag and here is a tidbit of information that we had not known before.
Another 'Must stop at' in Albuquerque is Amy's Donuts. A definite top 10 in all the donut places we have stopped at in our travels.