After two days of sitting through seminars at the International Tour Management Institute’s (ITMI) 2013 Symposium and Reunion I was ready to break loose. I really enjoyed the seminars but with my limited attention span I had to do something else.
The Amtrak train from Los Angeles, Southwest Chief, which ends up in Chicago. The last time I was in Albuquerque I took this train.
As on our tour the first day we had really not seen much of the city itself, I set out on foot to explore Albuquerque. It was cold and windy but the sun was shining and I was wearing several layers of clothing so I was ready to battle the elements. In the morning there were gusts of wind up to 45 miles an hour that nearly knocked me off my feet. And for two blocks I suffered through a sand storm that stopped as suddenly as it had started. But I was determined to keep going.
I loved this bear totem pole on a residential street.
This was a little erie. Wednesday morning around 10:30 am on a major thoroughfare (Lomas) and not one car or one pedestrian in sight. Did I miss the memo?
New construction for the US Courthouse. I liked the New Mexico-ish design.
Another New Mexico-ish (I like my new architectural term!) building in downtown Albuquerque.
An office building along the way.
My destination was the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, which I will discuss in another blog post. I had thought about taking the bus as Albuquerque seems to have a pretty good transit system. But I decided to leave that as a last resort because I always see so much more on foot.
Walking always has and always will be my favorite form of transportation. I enjoy walking around taking random photos of things I would never see if I was in a car or a bus.
I was struck by the interesting and creative assortment of bus stop structures. Unfortunately, if we tried something like this in LA they would be torn up by skate boarders within a week.
Albuquerque downtown 1949.
Next up: walking around downtown
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