All alone in Albuquerque…at an RV park. Uhggg! I know I shouldn’t be complaining. The truth is that the Enchanted Trails RV Park is really not that bad. I mean yeah, the sites are tight, you share a hook-up area with your neighbor-which also means you share a sitting area (can you say ak-ward), and the noise from I-40 is constant. BUT, it’s clean, feels safe, is conveniently located, has a nice laundry room, and offers a very affordable weekly rate of $140/week for a 30amp pull-thru spot.
It’s definitely no state park though. So why are we staying here? Or rather, why am I staying here? Weeeell, Tim is away this week at a work conference in Chicago. When he found out about the conference months ago, we knew the plan was to be in New Mexico through April, and Albuquerque seemed to to be the best choice for a place to fly out of. So here I am hanging in a dusty parking lot surrounded by gigantic RVs while he’s off galavanting around a cool city leaning stuff, eating all sorts of yummy meals, and drinking (what sounds like a lot) of free beer. I’ve been getting reports throughout the week about the sheer number of nerds, Macbooks, free t-shirts, foods to eat, and did I mention the free beer- lots of free beer. To which I reply that he must fit in perfectly. Which is no surprise, since it is a conference for computer programers. I’ll have some photos from Chicago to share in a few days on the weekly Instagram post.
Back here in windy Albuquerque I’ve been busy shopping, cleaning, and tackling a few crafty around the house projects (new orange pillows-yay). I also might have stretched the truth a bit when I claimed to be all alone. It turns out that fellow RVers Lynne & Clark from the blog Tales From The Mutiny are also here at Enchanted Trails. Julie & Jim showed up at the beginning of the week, and Marshall, a new RVer who I “met” through Instagram is also here in town at a different RV park. Through the magic of RVillage I set up a group message and we planned a few afternoon happy hours. The first night I hosted and we had a good laugh when everyone showed up with goodies from Trader Joe’s. Guess we all have more in common than just Rving. A few days later we had another gathering at Julie & Jim’s, followed by a tour of Lynne & Clark’s amazing indoor reno of their class A. Sadly, Julie and Jim are moving on today, but I was able to set up another get together for this weekend after Tim returns so he can meet everybody else. Good times.
I’d be lying if I said I took advantage of my alone time to fully explore the city. I’ve always been more of a nature girl than a city lover, and it turns out that I am not so good at exploring new cities, especially by myself. Which means that I haven’t visited downtown Albuquerque…wait, is there a downtown Albuquerque? I don’t even know. But I have checked out some of the nice green space in the city. There a really lovely 16-mile bike path that runs alongside the Rio Grande River. Parallel to the paved path is a dirt path closer to the river in the trees. Both are well used and a great sanctuary in a city full of a whole lot of pavement and criss-crossed lanes of highway.
By far my favorite activity here in town was BioPark. I spent an entire afternoon wandering around the botanical gardens, followed by about 15 minutes at the aquarium. The BioPark also has a zoo, but it was an extra fee, and I am not so into zoos that I wanted to pay extra for it. The botanical gardens were much larger than I anticipated, and I happily wandered the lush green paths oohing and awing at the early spring flowers and snapping about a million photos. It wasn’t one of those perfectly manicured botanical gardens. Some of the areas even looked a bit run down, but truthfully I enjoyed the more natural look and was thrilled just to see green and color after so many months in the desert.
Tim gets back tonight, and provided I can stay awake late enough to pick him up, it will be great to see him again. When you spend 99.9% of your time with someone, it’s very strange when they’re gone for five days. This was my first time staying in the Airstream by myself, and while I enjoyed the space to spread out, it was pretty lonely. To all those solo travelers out there- you amaze me. Don’t think I could do it. We have one more day here in ABQ and then we head south to Oliver Lee SP for the second half of our tour of New Mexico’s fabulous state parks.
We sure had a bit of fun during the first two get togethers, didn’t we? Looking forward to the next one!
Lots of fun all around! See you tonight for round three :)
Loved the Biopark when we visited in the fall! And how can an aquarium be so disappointing? Good thing we didn’t pay extra for that!
The aquarium was not only disappointing, it also seemed kind of dirty! Probably the only way they can get people to visit is by including it in the prices for the gardens. I would love to see the gardens in the fall!
You found some really great places to visit and friends to enjoy time with…..I probably would have hibernated in the MH rather than venture out by myself!
Springtime colors are so pretty! Thanks for sharing…..
I did a fair amount of hibernating too. No pictures of that part of the week though :)
we plan to stay in Albuquerque to visit a dear friend so your spot may work for us too, thanks for the report!
It’s not the most picturesque park, but it is very convenient.
We always stay at Coronado Campground just north of ABQ in Bernalillo. Used to be a state park so sites are better spaced. http://www.townofbernalillo.org/depts/campground.htm
You will like Oliver Lee. Great hiking and views.
I just heard about that park this week from someone else. Definitely a place to try next time we’re in town.
Coronado is a nice campground. We have friends who regularlyvstay there. We don’t, but only because our home is only a little more than an hour from the campground.
We had a great time at Oliver Lee. The NM Space Museum and White Sands Nat’l Monument were both outstanding. We literally spent a day at the museum, nerding out and reading about all the astronauts. Enjoy!
We’re definitely planning to visit the space museum! So many people have mentioned how great it is. We already spent a day at White Sands a few weeks ago, but since we’re so close we will go back this week for sure. I don’t think I could ever get tired of that place.
Wait! Tim is at the Rails conference? He’s a rails programer! Nerd love.
Yup. I’ve been a rails guy for a while now. Currently work for N.C. based company that focuses on classic cars. http://myclassicgarage.com / http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/
And if you know of any rails programmers looking for a job.. we are hiring: http://myclassicgarage.com/about#careers
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