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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day Four--The Turquoise Trail, Madrid and The Tinkertown Museum

On day four of our trip we decided we would drive the Turquoise Trail which is a road that runs from the outskirts of Albuquerque to Santa Fe.  There are a lot of things to do and see off the Turquoise Trail, and the town of Cerrilos is where the turquoise mined is more of a green color that the traditional color most of us think of.  The actual route number is 14, and the total distance from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is 50 miles, so it makes a great day trip.

One of the little towns along the way is Madrid--some of you may recognize it from the movie "Wild Hogs", in particular this diner:

We didn't eat there, but they sold all sorts of t-shirts and such with sayings from the movie.  It was definitely a busy place!  Madrid also had a lot of neat little shops selling a wide variety of items ranging from jewelry to art and all sorts of other fun things.
We got a kick out of these metal sculptures on the way out of town:

Another fun stop just off the Turquoise Trail is the Tinkertown Museum.  A very odd little museum that ranks right up there with a place in Wisconsin called House On The Rock for just plain unusual!  A lot of the stuff displayed was hand carved by the owner, the walls in part of it are old bottles and there is just so much to see, I think you could go there once a month and still see a bunch of things you didn't notice the last time you were there.

I think this sign kind of sums it all up!
As we were walking through the museum, Lee noticed a sign that said "Sing the 50 Nifty State Song and win a prize!"  Well, I just happen to know the 50 Nifty song, so on our way out I sang some of it (they didn't make me sing the whole thing!) and I won a bumper sticker.  They also logged my name in a book along with what state I was from, my current age, and what grade I was in when I learned it.  I was surprised at the number of people who had actually stopped to sing it!  We learned it for the bicentennial in chorus, and knowing the states in alphabetical order comes in very handy every once in a while.  I've only ever met one person who knew it that I didn't go to school with. 

Before we headed back to our hotel for the day, we decided to check out the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque.  Let me just say that it was a HUGE disappointment--they have no true Hard Rock cafe, so there is very little in the way of items displayed, and the casino is not a non-smoking casino.  We didn't stay very long, we got our Hard Rock pins and hat for our collection, grabbed a quick meal, played $20 each (and lost) and got out.....I was very glad we hadn't planned a big day around it!

1 comment:

Gwen said...

I think TinkerTown is so neat!

I don't know the states song. Hmmm.... never even heard it I don't think. I'll have to Google it. ;)