I've been visiting Albuquerque, NM, for the last couple of days. We were here for the last days of the Balloon Fiesta, but the festivities were cancelled yesterday because of wind. This morning we could see 12 balloons from our hotel window--beautiful. I'm not sure we would have actually gone in to the launch location anyway. The news last night said there were between 800,000 and 850,000 visitors here to see it. The traffic was backed up on the Interstate for 7 miles.
Yesterday, we drove the Turquoise Trail from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. We passed through the little town of Madrid (where Wild Hogs was filmed). It is a really artsy place--my kind of town. There are lots of little shops, interesting people, good food, and art everywhere. I'm heading back myself (so my husband doesn't have to "suffer" through all the shops). I'm also heading back to Santa Fe so I can "do" the galleries and the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. I'll be checking out Old Town in Albuquerque today.
I am taking some "art quilt inspiration" photos while I'm here. I got some of red chili peppers yesterday along with an interesting sculpture. I'm also going to see if there are any quilt shops in the area. Anybody know of any I should check out while I'm here?