Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Albuquerque zoo

I've been meaning to post the rest of our pictures from the zoo/aquarium adventure, but well, packing and moving got in the way. But I thought since I'm currently laying in a hotel room with a sleeping baby, now would be a good time to get these on the blog.
The Albuqurque Bio Park has a pretty amazing botanical gardens. We didn't get to spend as much time there as I would have liked, but it was still pretty awesome, and Little W loved the flowers.

We took the train from the aquarium/gardens over to the zoo.
I had never been to the Abq zoo, but it was a pretty good size. We saw all the requisite animals lol.

Visited with the peacocks and fed the ducks.

Explored the cats, seals, reptiles, and polar bears....

...and ended with momma and baby elephant.
A great way to end our time in New Mexico. We are currently on our way to our new home in Montana where we look forward to many more awesome adventures!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Water, Water Everywhere- ABQ Bio Park Aquarium

What a fun day!
We took a break from some serious packing (5 days till the truck comes...eek!) to head down to Albuquerque and spend the day exploring the Bio Park (read- pretty awesome aquarium, botanical gardens, and zoo).
I think we all needed the break, but especially the kids. Packing and moving is such hard work and pretty boring when you are a kid.

I took a ton of pictures. I had never been to the Bio Park before. A and dad went a few weeks after W was born, but I stayed home with the baby. There was no way I was up for all that walking after preeclampsia, a c-section, and a preemie. It was a lot of fun to have A show me around and tell me all about each of the exhibits, and to see little W's face as fish, rays, and sharks swam right in front of him!

A and dad are REALLY into fly fishing, so needless to say they were very into the trout exhibit.
(Did I mention that I caught them looking at flies in the orvis catalog for a little bed time reading the other night? Man I love those two!)

My little guy (Can you believe he is almost 11 months) was fascinated by the aquarium. I forgot what it was like to experience everything through the eyes of a young child. Such wonder and newness!

A read up on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the clean up efforts. My future marine biologist (along with a thousand other careers she wants to explore) was very saddened.
Exploring the coral reefs was a lot of fun!

We even had the opportunity to watch an employee working.What a cool job he must have!
The disappearance of the worlds coral reefs was a bit upsetting for A as well. 

...but these Garden Eels rocked!

Being a starfish was pretty cool and definitely made us miss out little Alaskan island.
Did I mention how much W enjoyed it? LOL

Such a perfect day!
Stay tuned for our zoo adventure and all the wild adventures to come! 

Friday, May 15, 2015

More Petroglyph

My last post was about our trip to Petroglyph National Monument. The next day, I gave A the option of either writing a paper or creating a mini poster on the Park and interesting facts she learned. She decided on the poster and worked hard on it, doing more research by reading the guide book we picked up at the visitor center for a dollar.

We both found it fascinating how petroglyphs differ from cave paintings. Petroglyphs are made by actually scraping off the desert varnish which oxidizes on the volcanic rocks. Walking through the park, you could almost see the people of long ago scraping ever so carefully these designs into the hard stone. Amazing!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Petroglyph National Monument

Since we are moving, we are trying to hit as many attractions in New Mexico as we can before we leave. The week before last, we headed to Petroglyph National Monument. There was so much more to see than I thought there would be and the whole family really seemed to enjoy the experience.

There are several trails you can hike and experience the hundreds of petroglyphs, but seeing as I was wearing little W we opted for one of the easiest and most developed. The Boca Negro Canyon offers the chance to see hundreds of petroglyphs in a small and accessible area.

As you can see, some of the petroglyphs were made as recently as the 1700 and 1800s by Spanish explorers and priests who came to this area and brought the Catholic religion to the Pueblos. Others were created hundreds of years before by the ancestors of the modern Pueblo people.

The landscape is truly striking and volcanic in nature. the petroglyphs are carved by scraping the outer "desert varnish"off the basalt rocks.

The petroglyphs are amazingly well preserved.

We had a great time and I am really glad A is getting to experience the varied culture and landscape of this amazing country of ours. One of the pluses of moving is the experiences she gains. I grew up and lived in one area until I was an adult and we rarely traveled, so I love giving her these experiences.