We switched our plans a little- AHHH- a strict type A like me hates that- but it made more sense for planning with my parents. We didn't want to go far out of town because of a family dinner at Ginni and Tim's tonight, so my parents went and played golf, while we went to see the Petroglyphs.
Be sure you have a few spare $1 bills with you as exact change for the parking is required. The Petroglyph park has 3 main trails. There are signs up all over warning you about rattlesnakes which we did not see though my cousin's girlfriend said that is the only place where she has seen them in ABQ. The hike is a short 25-30 minutes up the hill to see the Petroglyphs (or ancient Native American graffiti). Getting to the top of the hill, is a nice view- and a good way to start your morning- I did hit the gym already, but the extra activity is important to burn off the Mexican food from the night before. The other trails are easier- flatter - though it's harder to tell what is real and what had been done later as these parts are also more accessible. The kids had fun spotting the bunny (ahh the killer rabbit) and the lizard- as well as trying to pick out the Petroglyphs.
After that short 2 hours we headed over the Old town for some shopping. The kids had a $10 shopping budget and after they spent that there was no more. Scott always complains about how much money we spend on vacation (since he's the one picking up overtime to pay for it, I can understand) however, I find it interesting that he is also the one who spends the most money on things for him.... interesting. We did pick up a nice bolero for his dad as he is taking care of our dog this week. I picked up a lovely horse bracelet for my niece as it is her BDAY right when we get back. Drew and Jake picked out their things and we decided to have lunch in Old Town. Careful not to overdo the mexican food on our sensitive MN stomachs, we opted for the Ice Cream parlor/sandwich shop in Old town. I cannot remember the name of it, but it had outdoor dining- perfect for a sunny fall day. I opted for a turkey/swiss./green chili sandwich- scott took the tuna, jake had chicken tenders, and drew a cheeseburger- typical diner foods I suppose- It was a nice simple lunch.
Then back to the hotel for clean-up. We had a message from my cousin, Josh (the groom). He wanted to know if we wanted to come out to his new house and see his tortoise and dogs. I didn't get to talk to him much the night before as he was on the far end of the table at Garduno's. I called him back and got directions to his home out in the middle of nowhere. His home is beautiful= he did a lot of the work himself and once he finishes the landscaping, it will be a great place for him to raise his family. The kids loved the tortoise- nice big tortoise that roams free in the unfinished dirt piles in the backyard- what a strange pet, but he was right- the kids loved her. They also loved the dogs- much more animated than our Newfie.
The rest of the family met us down at Josh's- poor guy- nothing like having 20 relatives invade your home. Then we headed up to Ginni and Tim's house for grilled salmon, salad and potatoes dinner. Jake was happy- he loves salmon. I like their home- Beautiful view of the mountains. Lovely landscaping and quintessential MN 1o foot grass plot.Apparently you can always tell the transplants to ABQ by the grass plots in their yards......watched the sunset over ABQ from their backyard..... nice