Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 18 – 23, 2018
We had a rare treat upon our return to Albuquerque (our second visit, the 2nd time). We had planned to stay in ABQ an entire month, and my parents visit was planned around this itinerary. But when we called the campground, they no longer allowed monthly stays – max stay 2 weeks. So we stayed 2 weeks, left for about 10 days to check out Santa Fe & Raton, and then came back for another 2 week stay.
Enchanted Trails RV has about 6 vintage campers that are available for nightly rentals. They don’t promote them very heavily, because they are the owner’s babies & she doesn’t want them filled every single night with people who are not passionate about the RV lifestyle. We only knew about them from staying at this park last year.
Each of the trailers is decorated with antiques, magazines, and art from the era in which they were constructed. The ’74 Silver Bullet “Della” is all teal leather and pink flamingos. The ’63 Winnebago “Dot” is cowboy hats and photos of Old Western stars.
My parents reserved “Josephine” the 1969 airstream and we were able to park Stumbo right next door. Our doors opened onto a shared yard area where we were able to share many meals. Sunny & Mimi worked out a system where a certain light turning on in the airstream meant that Mimi was up & around int he morning. Sunny would watch our her bunkroom window for the signal & then hurry over to spend her early mornings with Mimi.
We used the excuse of having Mimi & Pappy visit to make the trek north to Bandelier National Monument. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains northwest of Santa Fe, past vaguely marked government observatories, to a small valley full of centuries-old cliff dwellings.
It was such a treat to tour them around the Albuquerque area, which now feels familiar enough to us that we were comfortable playing hosts. And visiting some areas that were new to all of us was a great adventure as well.