We’re having a lot of grasshoppers in northwest Albuquerque right now. Here’s a video from the edge of our neighborhood.
Sean and I decided to bike to a new rock trail and tunnel near Unser and Rainbow. I wisely chose a day with 30 mph winds to do it. I had Kai in the bike trailer behind me. At one point, I saw a sandstorm coming in from the west and though, “We’re going to be in trouble if we get caught in that.” One minute later, we were in it. I blocked the wind for Sean and the stinging sand blew all around us. (Kai was fortunately fast asleep through it.) We couldn’t see but a few feet and sandstorms are apparently full of static electricity, so we were getting little electric shocks all round.
We ate at Pita Taza…a Middle Eastern fast food place on Paseo and Wyoming. We got the meat and veggie combo plates…quite tasty! Only thing missing to me was whatever that spicy shawarma sauce is that they have at Yasmine’s.
Are you in Albuquerque and need 10 pounds o’ chocolate covered coffee beans? Nationwide Candy warehouse has it for $50.
Sean and I went on a bike ride to the RC air park south of our house. A guy was doing some RC helicopter stunts. We also found a paved trail that goes out to the mesas west of our house. It was probably Sean’s longest bike ride.
We’ve had Vanessa’s brother and family visiting. It’s been a jolly time with them. One thing we did was visit the Gravity Park trampoline park. It has a grid of trampolines on the floor where you can jump from one to another. You get moving fast enough to almost lose control sometimes. (This is why you sign a waiver before you can play.) There were also foam pits you could jump into. Anyway, it was a lot of fun. I tried to learn the old back flip that I never had the courage to do on our trampoline growing up, but still couldn’t get it.
This pond is out near our desert neighborhood for a brief time in the rainy season.
Yesterday evening, we parked at the back of the Walmart parking lot on Coors and I-40. From there, you can walk down a lighted bridge along the freeway to the river. (Walking along the freeway is pretty loud.) We saw bats flying around. I wanted to get a shot of a bat against the moon, but chances would have been one in a thousand.
A few years ago, we added an external glass door to our south-facing front door. Don’t do this. The glass helps trap heat and turns the whole thing into an oven. It gets hot enough to burn you and has damaged the paint on the front door. As the energy.gov site says, “Never add a glass storm door if the exterior door gets more than a few hours of direct sun each day. The glass will trap heat against the entry door and could damage it.” Would have been nice to read that a few years ago.
Yasmine’s Meat Combo #1 and Veg Combo #1. Dump some of their hot sauce on the shawarma and it’s one of the best meals in Albuquerque!