Hey there!  I'm starting off my new photoblog with a personal entry...  our family trip to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico!  To be completely honest, this wasn't just a family trip.  I was fortunate enough to book two weddings in the State of Enchantment during the same 5 day span, so it only made sense for Brittany and baby Claire to come along for the trip!

This blog entry documents our mini-roadtrip down the famous "Turquoise Trail", which is an awesome backroad that winds through the desert mountains between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  About halfway down the trail, we stopped at a VERY tiny town called Madrid.  It's apparently where Hollywood filmed many scenes of the movie "Wild Hogs" with John Travolta and Tim Allen back in the mid 2000's.  The entire town consisted of one street with a few colorfully-painted tiny houses and local shops.  It reminded me of when Brittany and I were on vacation in Mexico several years ago, except the people of Madrid were of the "mountain-man" variety with a little Native American flavor thrown in.  It was such a cool experience!

At the end of the trail, we were surprised to arrive at the historic Route 66!  It's been a lifelong dream of mine to get my kicks on Route 66...  So we decided to drive the entire stretch of the infamous highway of Americana's yesteryear through downtown Albuquerque!  It was the only large part of the original road that still exists in northern New Mexico - most of it has been replaced by Interstate 40).

Please enjoy some photos from our little trip, and if you ever happen to find yourself near northern New Mexico, definitely visit that little town called Madrid!  Thanks for taking time to read about our little family's adventures!  

© Chad Ainsworth 2017

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