Above: Illustration by Chris Philpot.
THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER
While visiting Tacoma, Washington, Albuquerque resident Christine Marshall and her family popped into LeMay—America’s Car Museum. They loved the early roadsters and an illustrated map of Historic Route 66. Then they took a closer look at the map. It had a blurb about La Bajada Hill, once the most fearsome segment of the road, between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. But an arrow indicated it sits near Holbrook, Arizona, making La Bajada, if not the most fearsome, certainly the longest hill in the region.
MONEY FOR NOTHING
Marko Weeks said her New Zealand son-in-law had a stopover at LAX on his way to visit her and decided to exchange his Kiwi cash for U.S. dollars. He told the clerk he was traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico, stuffed the money he was given in his carry-on bag, and completely forgot about it. It wasn’t until he was back home and finally unpacking that he found it. “Now he is trying to figure out what to do with 2,600 Mexican pesos in New Zealand,” Weeks said.
ONE FALSE MOVE
Simon Romero, a national correspondent for The New York Times and a recent contributor to New Mexico Magazine, spied something odd on the website for Forbes magazine. The story bore a dateline of Santa Fe, and the headline read “New Mexico Decriminalizes Adult Use Cannabis,” with an illustration of a highway sign pairing “Santa Fe” and a marijuana leaf. But the first paragraph skipped the map check, referring to New Mexico as “this Midwestern state.”
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