September 21-22, 2013
HAPPY FALL! Can you believe summer is officially over for 2013?
To welcome the new season, we sure packed in a lot this weekend.
Saturday morning, we were up and at 'em bright and early. The morning air was brisk and our jackets sure felt good. By 8:30 we were all loaded in Pearl and headed for one of the public doggie parks.
We picked Rio Grand Park...it had 5 bones! It is located near Old Town in a nice neighborhood. We both agree it is deserving of its 5 bones...very clean with a walk and gravel, and a big area of grass (the fake kind) with NO stickers.
Looks like Dover and Wrecks are in cahoots!
Dover made lots of friends.
This is not our pup, but I couldn't resist including his picture. When he wasn't chewing on the sticks, he was singing at the top of his lungs. Way funny!
Mid morning Joe and I decided to go to the Farmers Market. Here it is not called a Farmers, instead it's a Growers Market. It is located in historic Robinson Park in downtown Albuquerque. From May to November, local farmers set up their canopies every Saturday morning from 7:00am to noon.
What a nice surprise to see a big crowd and lots of vendors.
Also on hand were local apples, watermelons, cantaloupes, and varieties of honey.
Dairy items included goat cheese and spreads.
We left with our bags full of fresh tomatoes and squash.
as were the pepper plants.
The local artists were plentiful...a very nice variety of crafts.
One last booth caught my eye...no stress test needed here! It's a great life!
Sunday morning, nature was calling!
Since we had hiked up the west side of the Sandia Mountains on the Pino Trail, we decided to give the east side a try. Our hike of choice was the Tree Spring Trail.
Also, Tree Spring Trail is a non-wilderness trail which means you might encounter mountain bikers and horses. The gain in elevation was 1440 feet.
It was a wonderful hike! It is well shaded with only a few breaks in the trees for sunshine.
National Forest covers more than 1.6 million acres in New Mexico.
The trees were spectacular...the old and the new!
I love the meadows...we're always looking for signs of wildlife. We haven't had any luck though.
This is a great hike...a winner in our book! In fact, we are seriously considering returning on Tuesday with Dover and Wrecks.
Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time...
take care, and...
enjoy the view!