Monday, fortified by a hearty breakfast, Red was off on further adventures. His first stop was the Corrales Bosque – the green belt located along the Rio Grande.
Red soaked in the sun along the bank of the Rio Grande and watched the river, swollen and cold from winter snow high in the mountains, go streaming by his perch.
From the river basin Red traveled to Petroglyph National Monument to take in all of the images left behind by the Native Americans. He was surprised by the many ancient images of macaws scratched into the volcanic rock.
The next stop was Old Town Albuquerque. Red had a chance to rest awhile in the gazebo on Old Town Plaza and take in the view of San Felipe de Neri, the Catholic parish that has served this area for over 300 years.
While in Old Town Red also visited the sculpture garden located at the Albuquerque Museum. His favorite was a cowboy and his horse.
After a quick lunch stop it was on to hiking in the Sandia Mountains. This is a perfect time to hike in the mountains; the temperature is perfect and there aren’t alot of people on the trails. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to be alert. The bears are coming out of hibernation and so are the rattlesnakes. Red is well protected from snake bites and his human friends wear jeans and hiking boots – no shorts and sandals for them!
After our hike we thought Red would enjoy a visit to the Tram. Too bad it is closed for maintenance until April 18. Red would have enjoyed a ride on the world’s longest tram. The views are spectacular and it’s the fastest way to get to the top of the mountain!
From the tram Red headed over to the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. Red was disappointed to learn he won’t be here for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Beginning the first weekend ion October and continuing on to the next weekend, the fiesta welcomes 700+ hot air balloons of all shapes (Darth Vader, the Creamland Cow and a a Flying Pig are just three of the very special shapes) and sizes. He was equally disappointed that the balloon museum was closed on the day he chose to visit. With artifacts from the Hindenburg, early ballooning and Hydrogen ballooning it is a unique place to visit and good reason to come back.
By then Red was getting a little tired and thirsty so we headed over to the Corrales Bistro and Brewpub for a snack and a cold beverage before returning to the Sandhill Crane B&B.
That evening Red enjoyed sitting under the pinon tree in the garden and watching the Sandias turn a vibrant red as the sun set.
This was Red’s last night at the Sandhill Crane and, as the sun set and the evening chill descended, Red found a warm spot by the kiva fireplace to dream of tomorrow’s adventures.