Once we left Water Canyon and Very Large Array, we decided to spend time in a bigger city where we could find a truck, or at least leave our RV in a safe location while we went elsewhere to buy one. So, Albuquerque was our next stop! The drive there was pretty beautiful.
We stayed outside of town at Isleta Lakes & RV Park which was beautiful! Isleta is a resort & casino, but the RV park is on the other side of the road, so it’s quiet but comfortable and has really good rates. Plus the lakes are gorgeous to walk around.
In looking for a truck, we wanted something that could tow our RV up mountains without struggling, that had enough space for all of our stuff (the Jeep was jam packed!), a V8 engine, and something that was on the newer side (nothing older than 2016). We couldn’t find what were were looking for in Albuquerque, or even New Mexico, but we did find something pretty perfect in Amarillo, TX, which is a 4 hour drive. Road trip!
We left before sunrise so that we could make it by 930AM. I’m not a morning person so sunrises are foreign to me, but this one was pretty amazing.
We forgot about the time difference from NM to TX, though, so we booked it and luckily made it there on time.
OUR NEW TRUCK! Super exciting. It’s a 2016 GMC Sierra with a huge grill guard, heated/cooled seats, and it tows our RV like there’s nothing there. It’s so nice.
While in Albuquerque we didn’t see much, but we did see the sunset at West Bluff Park. It was really beautiful, especially the flock of geese that flew overhead.
Plus we got to see bunnies!
We drove down famed Route 66 and saw these iconic signs, too.
“US 66 served as a primary route for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and the road supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same people later fought to keep the highway alive in the face of the growing threat of being bypassed by the new Interstate Highway System.”
You can’t go to New Mexico without seeing hot air balloons, right?