From this top view, we saw Albuquerque and the desert valley it was built in. Unlike the lush green that I am used to in the East, the city is a study of shades of brown. Not only is the ground brown, so are the houses. The brown (yellow brown, pink brown, brown brown) Pueblo style of houses with dirt/rock yards are prevalent. Also from the top, we saw two of the five volcanic cinder cones from ancient volcanos that are to the west of the city. We set out to get a closer look at them, but a wrong turn prevented us from achieving our goal.
By this time, the temperature was 102° F and it was time to change to indoor activities. We decided on the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The museum was like the several other natural history museums we have visited before, but this one had some particularly impressive dinosaur fossils. However, the best thing about our visit were the very friendly and knowledgeable docents. We learned many new things that were not stated with the exhibits--including that the oldest age they have determined a dinosaur to live to is 30 years old. Also, cats are somewhat immune to rattlesnake bites. They will react to a bite, but it won't kill them. One person we talked to had a cat that had been bitten 5 times and was still kicking.
After a retreat to our hotel room for a short nap and a shower, we met one of Ward's virtual coworkers for dinner. They have worked together for several years, but have never met face to face. We ate at Sadie's where the locals come to get the best New Mexican food in town (or so the website says). The food was good and conversation was even better.
Until next time, here are a few pictures from today.
|The visitor's center also had a good display about native plants.|
|Can you see the bird and dog petroglyphs in the rock?|
|Not sure what all of these are, but the 4-pointed star was part of the Rio Grande style of petroglyphs.|
|Upper picture: Albuquerque with the Sandia Mountains in the background. Lower picture: a new neighborhood being built. Notice all of the brown houses.|
|One of the cinder cones we never got to see closeup.|
|At the Natural History Museum, this volunteer gave us a personal tour through the dinosaur exhibit.|