Weekend in Albuquerque
We've been wanting a mini-get away weekend for a while now, before we have another little one to add to the crazy busy lives we lead. Finances said drive, not far, and we had yet to explore much of Albuquerque, so we headed there for the weekend.
We took Isabel to the zoo, which she loved. Kitties were her favorite (especially the snow leopard kitten!). She also really used her stroller for the first time, ever. I've been big on the Ergo and other baby carriers, but carrying a 25 lb toddler who loves to get out and walk a lot + being 7 months pregnant isn't always a great combination. She liked it, so I think we'll use it a bit more now.
We also went to the botanical gardens, the aquarium, the Rio Grande Nature Center/river walking area, Petroglyph National Monument, and Coronado State Park. Along with a bit of shopping.
The sandhill cranes winter on the Rio Grande. We happened to catch a group of 13 of them in a field right by the nature center. Beautiful birds, they stand about 3-4 feet tall.
Petroglyph National Monument flanks the northwest side of Albuquerque, with three locations with short trails. At the Negro Boca location, the macaw petroglyphs were pretty awesome.
The Anasazi first began importing macaws from Mexico in the 1100s, there are even mummified macaws at one of the great house ruins here in the Four Corners.
Isabel really enjoyed the little trails with some rocks to climb up and over, the ones with steps and stairs, the challenge of new terrain!
I enjoyed actually hanging out outside in nice weather for a change! Not being snowbound was a treat.