Yearly Archive: 2015

Dec 03

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park


The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is a nice little oasis in Albuquerque New Mexico.  It provides its visitors access to the Paseo del Bosque trail, a 16-mile bike trail that follows the Rio Grande.  Besides its easy on and off access to the trail, the Rio Grande Nature Center is a good place to …

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Nov 29

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta


The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is a feast for the senses.  A spectacle almost beyond imagination.  Very few things live up to the hype, but I can honestly say that the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta not only lived up to our expectations but surpassed it. The only sore spot about the whole experience was that we thought …

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Nov 25

Petroglyph National Monument


Situated on the Westside of Albuquerque, Petroglyph National Monument was an ideal stop for us as we were in town for the balloon fiesta.  It was cheap to visit. The weather was nice so being outside was a must.  It was also one of the last major attractions in the ABQ that we had not …

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Nov 24

Blue Hole


Blue Hole… What can one say about it other than the name fits.  Blue Hole in Santa Rosa New Mexico was an instant hit for my wife.  She loved it.  Now we are not scuba divers, but she was struck by the beauty of the crystal clear blue water in the sea of tans, reds, …

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Nov 23

New Mexico Route 66 Museum


The New Mexico Route 66 Museum is a good get out of the car and stretch stop along I40 in Tucumcari New Mexico. There are a couple of reasons for this, its free, donations are suggested.  It is small but filled with interesting objects about the legendary road.  Last but not least, it has the …

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Nov 22

Tucumcari Murals


The Tucumcari Murals were a welcome diversion for us as we were traveling along Interstate 40 between Albuquerque and Amarillo.  Tucumcari is a small town whose heyday came and went with the mother road, Route 66.  For those that have traveled through eastern New Mexico it can be hard to find things there to help break …

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Nov 21

Route 66 Monument: Americana Icon


Route 66 Monument in Tucumcari, New Mexico is a quaint tribute to the Mother Road.  An adobe-ish like sandstone base with a chromed out fender that spells out Route 66 is what you are going to find in this quintessential Route 66 town.  If you are fan of getting your kicks on Route 66 then …

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Nov 12

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail


Tanyard Creek Nature Trail is located in the beautiful private community of Bella Vista.  It is extremely generous of Bella Vista to open up this family area to the public, and we are glad that they do.  So if you do decide to make the trek to Tanyard Creek please remember you are a guest …

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Nov 11

Trick-or-treat: Our Halloween Costumes


We had a really fun Halloween this year.  In years past I’ve tried to make all of our costumes (and when I say “I”… I really mean 20% me and 80% my Mom… she’s a sewing genius).  This year I took the easy way out a little bit, mostly buying costumes or using things we …

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Nov 05

Bill Clinton Presidential Library: A 90s Time Capsule


The Bill Clinton Presidential Library made for an interesting stop in our trip to Little Rock.  My wife and I came of age in the 90s and seeing the Bill Clinton Presidential Library brought back a flood of memories for us.  It was fun for us to think about where we were when some of …

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