Deteriorating weather locally and some airfare credits sent Tara and I down to Albuquerque for a three day weekend trip. Our first objective was Albuquerque’s open space visitors center where we checked out the recently arrived migrants.
The number of sandhill cranes was limited this mid-morning by the visitors center so we took a hike out to the Rio Grande for a few more sightings.
A perfect recommendation sent us to Sophia’s for lunch followed by a visit to Los Poblanos Fields for more birding and horsing around.
Our hosts for the weekend (Sarah and Dan) cooked up a great dinner and generally psyched us up to attend their wedding next summer.
I hadn’t done any Tai Chi since a college course, but Tara and I joined the Saturday morning “Tai Chi with the Cranes” session back at the visitors center.
Heading a bit further west we visited the Petroglyph National Monument for a short hike around Rinconada Canyon.
Returning to Sarah and Dan’s place we got a guided tour of Bear Canyon.
Sunday started a little slower, but before noon we got another guided tour of the Academy grounds by Sarah.
Our destination was “Girl Power Peak” with a great view of the socked-in Sandias Crest.
Heading back to the airport we had just enough time for a stop at the Chama River Brewery for dinner before catching our flight.
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