We couldn’t wait to get the hell out of Santa Fe. I just couldn’t get with that town. Too many old people, too much expensive turquoise jewelry, not Route 66-ish. So we checked out and headed towards Albuquerque and since it was a short driving day, we stopped for a bunch of antique stores and vintage motel and restaurant neon signs.
The antique stores were okay, I would recommend them, although I liked the antique stores in Amarillo better. We had lunch at Rudy’s BBQ (which is the Mister’s favorite BBQ) and then he was nice enough to drive me up and down the main Route 66 strip in Albuquerque so I could photograph all the awesome neon signs.
We then checked into our room at the Monterey Non-smoker’s Motel and met Victor the dog. I guess Weiner dogs were the theme of the day.
And then had dinner at the Dog House (which you might recognize as a Breaking Bad filming location). As I was taking a photo of the neon (which is one of my FAVORITES! The sausage links move and the dog wags his tail!) a car pulled up and a lady jumped out and asked if we wanted our photo taken. She was insistent. She told us that she is a huge fan of the Dog House and has been eating there for years and she is also a huge fan of Breaking Bad and she has her photo taken in front of the sign and we needed one, too.
STAY: Monterey Non-Smoker’s Motel,2402 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 243-3554