A Travellerspoint blog

May 2014

Albuquerque, NM

Breaking Bad galore

sunny 70 °F

Not bad Albuquerque, not bad at all. My host's house doubled as a 'micro-farm', so there were some unusual guests there to greet me upon arrival.

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Jack and Kristy

I lucked out and had a chance to book tickets to see The Pajama Men performing at the historic KiMo Theater. If you have a chance to see these guys, GO!

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A quick Google searched showed off a small Rattlesnake Museum. It was cheap, $4 bucks if I recall correctly, and full of lots of slithery serpents.

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Petroglyph National Monument. Most of these pictures were taken through my sunglasses. Their tint made the petroglyphs easier to spot!

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Albuquerque is also home to the Netflix series Breaking Bad, so I went nuts finding locations of familiar spots. If you haven't watched the show, these pictures won't mean much to you.

Gustavo Fring's house

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Gustavo's Laundromat

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Walter White's house.

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Car wash (they left my car squeaky clean!)

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Carlsbad, NM

An underground wonderland.

I didn't even think of visiting Carlsbad Caverns until my best bud gave me a ring while I was driving towards Albuquerque. He always wanted to see the caverns himself and suggested that I check it out, if time permitted.

The next day after getting a crappy nights rest in Fort Stockton, TX (yea I know, "where?"), I continued on towards Albuquerque. After three cups of coffee, a refill on gas and 2 hours worth of driving, I saw signs on the road for Carlsbad Caverns. I was itchy to get to Albuquerque and rest in a decent bed since last night's sleep in the car wasn't the best, but thought, "what the hell, when will I get the chance again?"

I'm so glad I stopped by for a few hours. My cell phone didn't do the greatest job of capturing the little light in the caverns.

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Descending into the cavern. There were little cave swallows flying in and out of the cavern entrance, and a creepy fog of dust rising up into the last remaining sunlight.

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Austin, TX

Beware: hipsters.

sunny 86 °F
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I had a double-dose of luck while in Texas, and was able to stay with another friend in Austin. Why is everyone moving to Texas?! I haven't seen this guy in a long time (5 years?), so it was nice to chill-out with my 'brah' for a few days.

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University of Texas at Austin

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Blanton Museum of Art

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Throwing darts at the Black Sheep Lodge

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Texas State Capitol Building. Their door hinges alone were impressive.

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The weather proved to be more than suitable for a some pool action at Barton Springs. It's a 3 acre man-made pool that is fed by underwater springs. The temperature stays nice and cool year-round, around 68-70 degrees. Barton was refreshing but not overbearing for the average person. Some say it's a bit chilly and I don't blame them; I like being in frigid water. And no, I have yet to swim with any polar bear clubs... yet.

Barton Springs pool (thanks for joining Miss Darts!)

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I spent a good amount of time at Epoch Coffee and Caffé Medici to veg-out or update my pictures. I'm sure given to Austin's tech culture, coffee shops are accommodating to coffee-shop squatters, with a plentiful array of power outlets everywhere. Epoch Coffee even had some extension cords hanging from the ceiling.

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For my last night, Mike made a farewell dinner with his famous turkey burgers* from scratch.

  • not pictured, since I ate them too fast. Thanks Mike!

Till next time Austin.

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