Virtual Travel – New Mexico

Welcome to New Mexico. As you will see by the length of this post, New Mexico was one of the last states I got to but has become one of my favorites.

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State Capitol – In my opinion (!) the New Mexico State Capitol is the very finest in the country. Located in Santa Fe, which is amazing by itself, this is the only round capitol in the country.

It was designed to represent the Zia sun symbol when viewed from the air. This is the symbol on the New Mexico State Flag.

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Unique State Symbols

Official Litter Control Mascot – Dusty the Roadrunner.

 

State Cookie – Biscochito

 

 

State Guitar – New Mexico Sunrise Guitar

 

 

 

 

New Mexico Cultures

1946        1973 Acoma         2007 Abo Ruins

 

 

Santa Fe – It seems as though New Mexico has a better respect for all of the cultures that exist in their state than most, and Santa Fe as the capital and cultural center embraces all of those.

Art and culture abound everywhere in the city. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a ‘Creative City’.

In addition Santa Fe was established before the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, and is home to the oldest public building in the United States (photo on bottom row – with bell at the top).

 

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Albuquerque – Easily the largest city in the state with a metro population of around 1 million, Albuquerque is cultural unique like Santa Fe, but with a much more urban feel to it.

 

Hotel Andaluz – We were lucky enough to spend our one night in Albuquerque at the Hotel Andaluz. This historic hotel was opened in 1939, with an extensive remodel occurring in 2008.

 

 

 

Artesia – This small town celebrates it’s oil industry history with a collection of sculptures around town.

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Clovis – This small eastern New Mexico town is legendary for the recording studio there that was the place where Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and others had their start. Our amazing good fortune had us show up, unannounced, to a tour with a cool guy named Dave who had been a backup singer in the studio.

There is a museum in town as well, but the studio is the true museum – with most of the original equipment still there. For this posting I have included a photo of nearly every piece of original equipment.

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Quirky New Mexico

1947 – Dude Ranch         1950 -Taos Mountains

 

As you travel across the state you always come across something unusual and interesting.

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The baseball team in Albuquerque is called the Isotopes, and have adopted the Simpsons as their mascot since Springfield’s team in the show had the same name.

 

 

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The town of Portales has a retired fighter jet in the median strip.

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Roswell – I have had the good fortunate to travel in every state, and in 22 foreign countries but never have I seen a town play up their legend more than Roswell. And we loved it! Nobody is alien in Roswell.

 

And to top it off they have an ‘airplane boneyard’

 

Outdoors

1958 – Cristo Rey Church     1974     1992/1994 Pecos National Historic Park

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Rio Grande Gorge

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View from Sandia Peak in Albuquerque

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Lonely Eastern New Mexico Highway.

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Carlsbad Caverns – America’s best cave.

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Roads

2003 – US 84 near Abiquiu     2014/2015  Las Cruces

 

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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Cool freeway bridges in Santa Fe

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Sandia Peak Tram

 

 

Trains in the plains.

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Route 66 in Tucumcari

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Nevada

 

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Unusual State Symbol of the Day.

Official State Locomotive of Nevada – Engine #40 of the Nevada Northern Railway. (photo from Flickr/State Symbols).

 

Deserts

1946     1958     1961     1970     1979

 

Nearly the entire state of Nevada is in desert, offering numerous interesting landscapes.

All photos from Internet sources

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This satellite view of Las Vegas illustrates the vastness of the desert.

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Lake Tahoe

1952     1960     1975     2009     2013

 

One of the more beautiful places in the United States is Lake Tahoe, on the California/Nevada border.

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Situated high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains the area is a ski destination (photo from Freestock photos)

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Uniquely Nevada

1953     1972     2017

 

Without a doubt Nevada has their fair share of unique places.

 

Hoover Dam – Completed in 1935, this dam cost over 100 workers their lives, but has provided the water and power that has allowed the massive expansion of population in Nevada, Arizona and California.

Over 3 million cubic yards of concrete was used in the dam, with another million yards used in the power plant. This is enough concrete to build a 2 lane road from San Francisco to New York.

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Since we visit 15 years ago they have completed the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, routing all the non tourist traffic directly across the canyon. (photo from Wikipedia).

The bridge is silhouetted against the sky with the Colorado river far below

 

 

Las Vegas – Love it or hate it there is no other place like it.

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Area 51 – Long rumored to be a site where the U.S. Government has made contacts with Alients, Area 51 is a secret Air Force base. It has a strong following of ‘believers’

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Burning Man is a massive event that occurs annual in the northwest Nevada desert.

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Nevada State Capitol – Carson City

This quaint building is the Nevada State Capitol. It was built from sandstone obtained from the Nevada State Prison.

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Cowboys in the Desert

1965     1968     1985     1987

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A number of ranches in Nevada cater to the tourist trade.

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Outdoors in Nevada

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There are a number of beautiful state parks in Nevada (photos from Wikipedia).

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Valley of Fire State Park

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Ward Charcoal Oven State Historic Park

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Roswell, New Mexico – May 2019 – An Alien Town

When fate lands in your lap, or town, use it for all it’s worth. Roswell, New Mexico was handed something in 1947 that they have made a cottage industry off of ever since – an alien spacecraft crash.

Many of the businesses in town celebrate this notoriety in their advertising.










































Easily the biggest tourist spot in town is the UFO Museum. It has a great deal of information on UFOs, both those that prove and those that disprove.

They also have some interesting displays.