Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7th, Santa Fe to Madrid to Gallup, New Mexico

The first picture was taken in Madrid - this is the restaurant that was used for the movie "Wild Hogs". The second picture was taken in Santa Fe and is a winding staircase in the Lorretto Chapel. it's a beautiful little church in Santa Fe with this incredible winding staircase.

This morning after packing up the car we went to St Anne's Catholic Church in Santa Fe - during mass there were guitar players and singers so it was really a nice service. After that we went to the Lorretto Chapel and then walked around Santa Fe admiring all of the shops - prior to leaving we also drove down Canyon Road in Santa Fe that has all the artist shops.

I spoke with my sister last night and she encouraged us to drive the Turquoise trail and so we did that on our way to Albuquerque. We came to the small town of Madrid and decided to park the car and do some walking around. As we were walking we came upon a diner that was called "Maggie's" and it had a poster of Wild Hogs on the door. Here Madrid is the town that some of the movie "Wild Hogs" was filmed at so that was very interesting. I tried to call Paula & Larry to let them know we were standing in front of Maggie's but my cell phone was not working. Ever since we left Santa Fe I have not had a signal. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to use my phone. We went into the shop next door and the gentleman told us all about the filming and what that has done for the little town of Madrid. Of course, John had to buy a shot glass that says "Wild Hog"on it. From there we continued on down the road and ended up parking the car at a scenic overlook and having a picnic lunch. It is a little cold and windy today so we didn't do to much outdoor activities like we would have liked. We had hoped to go biking but decided against it.

We are staying in Gallup, New Mexico this evening and will be heading to Flagstaff/Sedona area tomorrow. Our tenative plans are to stay in Arizona approx. one week and then go to Utah and spend a week there before heading home.

Happy Trails!


  1. Do you recommend driving the trail road? Was it in good shape and scenic? I have only heard about it. I had looked at Madrid on line and it sure looked quaint. Sounds like a fun day.
    Nearly 50 here and very sunny. We walked for over an hour this afternoon. Loved the Oscars tonight!

  2. You certainly see more than driving the interstate and Madrid is a quaint little artsy type town. I would recommend it. As you drive you see mountains in every direction. Overall I am going to check New Mexico off as a place that I would not want to winter at. It does not compare to southern Utah as far as beauty and cleanliness.