Dec 11, 2012

Farmington, New Mexico

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Farmington, New Mexico may not be the prettiest town in the world, but it's location more than makes up for it. As the most populous city in the Four Corners, it serves as the hub for the entire region. When I first moved to Farmington for a job, it seemed like just an ordinary small town. Turns out it's surrounded by some of the most vast remote wonderlands in North America- the only region in the US where four states meet, and part of the largest indigenous Native American reserves in the US.  A great place to help guide one through this region is the Four Corners Region Geotourism Mapguide  by National Geographic. The famous Monument Valley is 2.5 hours from Farmington. One of my favorite drives is Gallup to the town of Shiprock. This road appears as US 666 on some maps and was long known as "The Devil's Highway".  The ski town of Durango, Colorado is 50 minutes away, Mesa Verde National Park 2 hours away, and Historic Bluff, Utah also 2 hours away (where, incidentally, my great grandparents came from the Hole in the Rock Expedition ).  A winery called Wines of San Juan lies 40 minutes away, and Aztec, New Mexico just 30 minutes - where the first flying saucer "landed" before Roswell. There are many more places to explore and report back, but these are some of the starting points in the region.

The area that is now Farmington was settled by the Anasazi in the 7th Century.  When the Anasazi left the area, the Navajos, Apaches and Utes moved into the area.  A key part of the region was known in Navajo as "Totah", which means "where three rivers meet". The three rivers are the San Juan (which I hear has some amazing Fly Fishing), Animas River (I love walking that riverwalk), and the La Plata River. Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington is one of the best municipal golf courses in the United States -a fact I found quite surprising!  Farmington is also known across New Mexico and throughout the Southwest for its baseball tournaments, with the Ricketts Ball Park is the home of the Connie Mack World Series. For shopping one can find good quality Native jewlery. If you are a foodie, Durango is your best bet, but breakfast at Blake's and Three Rivers Brewery for pizza & beer won't steer you wrong. My favorite place to have a shot and a beer is the Irish Embassy Pub - Durango, Colorado. If you want a true feeling of the old west, hit the dive bar K.B. Dillon's. You'll find a pretty waitress, braided natives, and cowboys with tequila. Have a shot and please don't start a bar fight!

Like any town, we have our ills of society.  Drunk driving is an issue here, as in much of New Mexico, but an additional & unexpected problem for the motorist in Farmington is intoxicated pedestrians. Please watch for them. C'est la vie! Until next time stay safe.



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16 comments:

  1. you are right in the middle of WONDERS!


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  2. Moving to a different place is a challenge, but it's so cool to discover different places everyday, isn't it?!
    I like the Native statue and the beautiful colours you catured. :)
    Do you play golf Sandy?

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    1. Hi Lúcia! It's a challenge for sure! But, I love it. I don't play golf. It's expensive and I just want to drive the golf cart. My brother works at Angel Golf Course in Las Vegas...he wants to try it out here.=)

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  3. I love all of the old buildings there. Love the statue and I'll bet there is some great places to explore.

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    1. Hi Randy! I love them too! Thanks for stopping by!!=)

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  4. Bonjour Sandy. You should consider working for the local Tourist Office. You have done a great job at showcasing this interesting town. A unique location, I agree (and I finally understand why you kept referring to "the Four Corners" in other messages :-) As for drunk drivers and drunk pedestrians, I reckon this can't be worse than driving on Normandy country roads on a Saturday evening, n'est-ce-pas? :-) A bientôt. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Bonjour French Girl! I appreciate your compliment. I'm so glad you don't think I'm crazy and "the Four Corners" is a real place.LOL Yes, you totally know the shards of drunk drivers and drunk pedestrians! A bientôt Veronique. =)

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  5. Wonderful guided tour of the area. Farmington makes a great hub to adventure from. Route 666 'The Devil's Highway', flying saucers and aliens at Aztec, stirs the imagination! "Totah", any time three rivers come together I would think that would have to be a special place. Wonder how many different cultures of people lived there over the centuries.

    Pics are great. The Totah pictue show seems to be closed. Wonder if Gone With The Wind was the last movie shown!

    Interesting place you are living. Lots of day trips and weekend choices right in your own backyard!

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    1. Hi Parker and thanks again for your comment. I wish these old theaters were up and running... I would love to see Gone With The Wind in an old style theater! The area is a lot of fun to explore. =) Have a nice week Parker!

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  6. I enjoyed your "virtual tour" of Farmington! I especially love the photos. It looks like a charming place.

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    1. Hi Sonya! So glad you enjoyed it. =) There is a running joke that we call Farmington - Charmington. ;) Have a nice week!

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  7. Wow - location, location, location! So much to see and so near.

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    1. Hi RedPat! It's all about the location isn't it!? Have a wonderful week! =)

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  8. You're getting to be quite the tour guide Sandy. Lots of great information.

    Watch out for those flying saucers!

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    1. Hi Ron! Thanks. This area makes it easy to be a guide. lol I'm still waiting to see a flying saucer. I will report back as soon as I see one!;) Happy week to you Ron.

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