I just went to the basketball court at the park with my son, Sean. He’s now 6′ 7″ and 210 at 15. So he has 40 pounds on me. Anyway, just to give him some good practice I was having to do a lot of pushing and fouling. If I was on the Harlem Globetrotters, I’d be the guy with the mask, I guess. It didn’t matter, though. I could do very little to stop him from scoring!
Today we attempted to go to the San Gregorio Lake in the Jemez mountains. At the top of their site it says “Open”. Maybe the lake was technically open, but the road was closed and we weren’t really ready for a 7-mile round-trip walk with the kids. So, we attempted to find a nearby hiking trail, but were mostly met with fences…fences everywhere.
Fences across the river, fences around tiny trees…part of an attempt to allow them to regrow. Before we got very far into Fenceland and ClosedGateland, it was time for Mr. Check Engine Light, so home we went. Four hours of driving for to see closed gates and fences. 🙁
We went inner-tubing this winter in the Santa Fe mountains at the Big Tesuque stop. We realized that inner-tubing is awesome. Lots of cushion. We have a 2-person joined tube with handles that works pretty well. I don’t see it in stores anymore, though. Sledding on a plain plastic sled looks like it hurts a lot more. (We watched people slamming into the ground without any padding and getting the wind knocked out of them.)
Living in the desert
Free magnetic dirt like you find in the Wooly Willy toy. (Look for black dirt in dry gullies.)
Cleaning up 7 bags worth of tumbleweeds in your front yard
We had a “staycation” last week. We went camping high in the mountains near Santa Fe. Camping up there was cooold, and we could have prepared better…but you don’t actually expect to sleep when camping. We also toured a bit around Santa Fe. There was a small labyrinth outside a cathedral there. Of course, we had to stop by our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe, Tomasitas. We noticed there was a new African style place called Jambo Cafe, but we neglected to try it…maybe next time. We dropped by the Chuck Jones gallery. Was he in New Mexico at some point? Vanessa got to visit the Georgia O’Keefe museum that she’d wanted to see for a while. On the way home from Santa Fe, we stopped by Tent Rock and Cochiti Lake.
We went to Cliff’s one day and had fun. It’s a small amusement park here in Albuquerque. It was fun aside from Sean having an “nausea incident” on the way home as a result of riding a looping ride 3 times before he left. Loading up on greek food at the new Ahmo’s Deli probably didn’t help.
Later in the week, we went to my cousin’s wedding in Clovis and had a good time seeing cousins I hadn’t seen in quite a while. We also played Love Letters. It’s a cool little rule-based card game with only 16 cards. Very simple to learn.
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.
This pond is out near our desert neighborhood for a brief time in the rainy season.
I talked to a friend about raising bees today. You can split the hives by taking out a queen and putting it in another hive. Some sort of swarming happens and half the bees stay in the new one. Meanwhile, you put a $25 queen in the old hive to take it over. I may have some of the details incorrect here, but hey, this post only took 30 seconds.
We went to the zoo yesterday. I had no idea apes were so gross. Both the gorillas and the chimps were…well…what’s the grossest thing you could think of them doing? Yeah, that’s what they were doing.