As we start the first week of October, we’re back on the road. First stop was the small town of Williams, Arizona located along the historic Route 66. We were here earlier in the year when we visited the Grand Canyon, so this was just a short stop on our way to New Mexico.

Although the weather was a bit rainy, we had fun wandering the shops along Route 66. Here are a few highlights.

Elvis is in the driver’s seat.

New Mexico

Heading toward Albuquerque, we witnessed some of New Mexico’s weird weather. Isolated rain showers clearly visible in one area.

Celebrating 27 Years of Marriage

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner in Albuquerque at Vernon’s Speakeasy.

Modeled after prohibition-era illicit establishments, Vernon’s is hidden in the corner of a building behind a large black unmarked door. It requires a password for entry. Once inside, a baseball bat wielding bouncer informed us of the “rules” before allowing us into the venue. This is a wonderful steak house (voted one of the “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the USA”), and the service and food were top-notch.

We each had the evening special – center cut filet mignon topped with an Australian lobster tail, asparagus and bearnaise sauce. Incredible. Finished off the evening sharing a cherries jubilee.

Vernon's Speakeasy - Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail

Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail

Vernon's Speakeasy

Cherries Jubilee

Great meal and perfect place for an anniversary dinner.

Breaking Bad

No trip to Albuquerque would be complete without visiting some of the locations used in the TV series Breaking Bad. We had to drive by the car wash. It’s changed a bit with the new ownership.

Stopped by Walt and Skylar’s house too, but didn’t have time to see Gus Fring’s place. Next time.

Even the local gift shops were full of Breaking Bad souvenirs.

We’re off to Santa Fe. Until next time, happy trails!