Another full day of sunshine. And I made the most of it motoring all through the forests and mountains north of Albuquerque, down to Santa Fe, over to Cuba — and back to Bernalillo to set us up for Albuquerque tomorrow. Whew! And now, getting a very late start. Not promising much coherency or flourishy writing tonight. Sparkle running great — got her third or fourth oil change — I’ve lost track. The dogs got a couple swims today — weather still pretty mild and the water is COLD.
Let’s start with Raton — yes, that’s 7:19 am. If the sun is there, I get cracking early!
At a former Conoco gas station. I’ve never seen a Dr Pepper machine before (no, it wasn’t filled with bottles or working):
Two signs are better than one:
Signs in the window indicated that this is soon to become the “Rockin’ Raton 50s Diner”. Gawd. I hope they don’t mess with the sign — but it seems inevitable:
I couldn’t resist slipping across the border to nearby Trinidad, CO:
Back into New Mexico — this is in Cimarron:
North of Taos — a couple of shots from the headquarters of Earthship Biotecture:
From Embudo — the Gasoline Alley Museum. Which is Johnnie Meier’s collection of all kinds of stuff — mostly gas station related:
Lots of gas station signs as well. This ice cream sign came from someplace about an hour north of town:
And the more valuable stuff is locked in a building. Gas pump globes, photos, ephemera, etc.:
On to Espanola:
Down to Santa Fe:
Taos & Santa Fe are really decked out in Pueblo styled buildings. Including the chain restaurants like McDonald’s & Burger King. Here’s a unique IHOP in Santa Fe:
Another one from Santa Fe — a bus stop shelter:
Getting late but westward I went — the former Big Chief Gas Station in Zia Pueblo. No pumps anymore but this sign remains:
A fun, modern sign in Bernalillo:
And, lastly, shot just as the sun had set behind the clouds. Had to use the flash for this one. It’s this time of day, I can’t help but think where I could have shaved a few precious minutes off somewhere and gotten a better shot. But I think you guys will like the moodiness anyway:
That’s it — 1 am and a big day tomorrow. I’ve got a huge list for Albuquerque which will take at least two marathon days of shooting.