Visiting Albuquerque: anything to do here?

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Jul 16, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
    I'm visiting Albuquerque yet again as part of visiting relatives here (including a 90+ year old grandmother) and wonder if anyone here on RJ knows of anything interesting or exciting to do around here.

    I know Old Town is great for gift shopping and that the area in general is great for going on walks. Beyond walking, shopping, and swimming in the pool (and spending time with my relatives) though, is there anything people here can recommend?

    Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions y'all may have.
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    Jul 16, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    Well, I enjoyed climbing Sandia Crest...it was an all day affair though, definitely fun. There's also a cable car that rides up to the top as well.

    Santa Fe wasn't very far away, went up there for shopping, it was a quaint little city.
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    Jul 16, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    Pick up a Weekly Alibi (started by the Onion founders). Hiking in the Sandias is fun. A trip up to Santa Fe is only about 50 minutes away.

    Eat the local cuisine. Green chili awesome. Carne adovada is good too.

    The Native American museum is cool, and Old Town can be a fun afternoon.

    Petroglyph National Monument is supposed to be interesting, although I never made it over there.

    Sometimes I miss living in ABQ!
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    Jul 16, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
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    Jul 16, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    I stopped at Albuquerque for the day in 1995 while on my way to the Grand Canyon from St Louis, Missouri. It was a Sunday and I wanted to visit a church. I found this large Methodist Church close to the city center and afterwards, enjoyed an after-service fellowship dinner they held every month.
    But my stay there wasn't long enough to discover what kind of amenities the city had to offer. Being Sunday, the city was like a ghost town, with all shops closed and the shopping mall deserted. Despite the beautiful sunshine, not a stroller could be seen and the plaza and mall were all deserted.
    By evening I was so glad to board the Greyhound bus for the overnight journey to Flagstaff, Arizona. To me, Albuquerque is to be isolated from the human world.
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    Jul 16, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    "I stopped at Albuquerque for the day in 1995 while on my way to the Grand Canyon from St Louis, Missouri. It was a Sunday and I wanted to visit a church. I found this large Methodist Church close to the city center and afterwards, enjoyed an after-service fellowship dinner they held every month."

    This reminds me of a song:

    I live my life like there's no tomorrow
    and all I got I had to steal
    least I don't need to beg or borrow
    yes, I'm living at a pace that kills

    runnin with the devil
    ...
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    The dinner was bought for me by a young couple who befriended me. Otherwise I was ready and willing to pay for the lunch myself.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 16, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    There's a cliff right off the highway that overlooks the city. You could jump off it. icon_twisted.gif
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Jul 17, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    danisnotstr8 saidThere's a cliff right off the highway that overlooks the city. You could jump off it. icon_twisted.gif

    Hmm...en end with a view icon_razz.gif
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 17, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    NickoftheNorth said
    danisnotstr8 saidThere's a cliff right off the highway that overlooks the city. You could jump off it. icon_twisted.gif

    Hmm...en end with a view icon_razz.gif


    HAHA! I am glad you realize i wasn't being serious. I'm snarky like that.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Jul 17, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    NickoftheNorth said
    danisnotstr8 saidThere's a cliff right off the highway that overlooks the city. You could jump off it. icon_twisted.gif

    Hmm...en end with a view icon_razz.gif

    HAHA! I am glad you realize i wasn't being serious. I'm snarky like that.

    Snark is like butter: one could always use some more.

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    In general, thanks for the suggestions fellas! Will definitely take some up (such as enjoying the local cuisine)

    /off to enjoy the swimming pool after an afternoon of biking and shopping
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Jul 17, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    Santa Fe isn't far and is a very neat but small town. Particularly good for outdoors stuff and art/shopping.
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    OMG Santa fe is awesome, it's like this little artsy place, everywhere you go it's all just pretty little stores and people with over active sphincter muscles icon_biggrin.gif its FAB I brought this gorgeous little bot with a bear on it.. LOVE IT to BITS ooh and these gorgeous candle holders OMG.. Totally worth the trip there..
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidOMG Santa fe is awesome, it's like this little artsy place, everywhere you go it's all just pretty little stores and people with over active sphincter muscles icon_biggrin.gif its FAB I brought this gorgeous little bot with a bear on it.. LOVE IT to BITS ooh and these gorgeous candle holders OMG.. Totally worth the trip there..

    ::: applying cold compress to lilTanker's forehead :::
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    In the fall the whole city smells like pinion pine and roasted green chilis. Intoxicating.
  • Menergy_1

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    Jul 17, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    I believe all the gay bars in Albuquerque have closed except for The Sidewinder (sort of cowboy wannabes/college kids/bears/everyday folks).

    Pride Gym closed down (used to turn into sort of a bath house on Friday/Saturday nights).

    There's a sleazy adult video arcade (OK, sleazy is my opinion, even without having been inside it)

    the Rio Grande/Bosque is pretty -- green cottonwoods right now follow the river for miles north and south.

    Sandia Peak is a good tram-ride up to 10K feet or more. Hking up behind the mountain (ski area in winter on a good year)

    The city itself holds no charms for me -- hence I picked Santa Fe to live near.

    Petroglyph National Park/Monument is interesting if you're into petroglyphs - I am. But pretty much a hot scramble over rocks this time of year. Also encroaching housing subdevelopments detract.

    Pueblos between Albquerque and Santa Fe might be open to non-Natives and are unique (check with each pueblo's government - look on-line). Santa Fe is a quaint 70,000 population town -- sort of artificially "adobe/pueblo style" architecture, but pretty and dates to 1610 or so. Lots of art/music/Indian arts and craft/good restaurants/good walks downtown/dance/opera season now through August/art galleries ad nauseam.

    Great walking around in the Old Town and the Plaza - also beautiful up into the Sangre de Cristo mountains/ski valley (10,000 Waves Spa is on the road up to the ski valley - great spa/hot tubs). North of Santa Fe about 5 miles is Tesuque Valley;, Pojoaque and Espanola are a little farther north -- beautiful NM scenery. Chimayo' and Nambe' are beautiful towns with historic sites and lots of horses/orchards, wonderful drives.

    Quisine -- yes, chile everything is in order. Complex, interesting, but EVERYTHING has green chile (or red or both called cutely "Christmas") in it. So try the Italian, Thai, Japanese, Greek/Middle Eastern, "fusion", Native, Spanish, Continental/gourmet and other cuisines that Santa Fe also offers.

    Lots of very good museums (two or three downtown, four up on Museum Hill; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum downtown. Great Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) museum downtown and campus out near the community college.

    But for me: Albuquerque is where the international airport is, some services not available in Santa Fe, hospitals, and crossroads of I-40 and I-25 -- I personally don't have much to draw me to Albuquerque. I hope you enjoy yourself nonetheless. It is a college town, of course, with the U, of NM there -- so there's that crowd.