Thursday, November 15, 2007

Albuquerque, NM

The family and I spent a long week-end in Albuquerque, NM with our favorite pathologist. She was there taking advantage of the large number of questionable deaths to explore her interest in Forensic pathology. In between seeing the sights, we were regaled with stories of suicides by the Rio Grande and heroin hotels in the area.

One entire day was spent in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The seismosaurus (the longest land animal that ever lived) skeleton was particularly impressive, and it was found just outside of the city of Albuquerque. The kids really enjoyed the display of the animals that lived in New Mexico 150 million years ago when the whole state was covered with a shallow sea. Our younger daughter's favorite thing was the 'cowboy movie' in the large screen theater and both girls enjoyed the full replica of the Mars Rover. You can control the camera on it and zoom in to see your own nose hairs if desired.

We stopped in at El Morro and El Malpais national monuments which both deserved more time. El Malpais has this lovely natural arch, La Ventana. And the lava tubes are very cool.

Probably my favorite stop was the Acoma Pueblo, otherwise known as Sky City. The visitor center is a really lovely building on it 's own and the setting of the pueblo up on a high mesa is wonderful. We didn't visit the casino, if you know my husband, you'll know why.

And we managed to fit in a visit to the Wild Spirit Wolf Santuary which does good work taking care of captive-bred wolves and educating people about the dangers of trying to have wolf-dogs as pets. It was an action packed trip, so no, I didn't get any reading done!


Stewart said...

Sounds like a great trip, Lis. Can't wait to see the photo album.

The local romance reading group is reading "Mine Till Midnight" by Lisa Kleypas. I would make this one my request, but judging from the last one, I think I'll spare you. Plus it only got 3 and a half stars on Amazon. Then again, they allege that Kleypas is a "historical romance master".

Heloise said...

Ya know, that one is on my list but I'm experiencing a little reader's block right now. My sister's family is visiting from Cali (the cousins are having a blast together). The adults are eating and drinking themselves into the late night, so I'm finding it hard to carve out blogging/reading time.

Your wife is a talented blogger BTW, but I think it went to her head a bit. She's bossing me around about my internet habits all over the place. Is it hormones or what? When is that little stinker due again?

Oh, and photo album, I just finally got our two year ago trip to NM up on Kodak. Don't hold your breath. :)