Monday, September 23, 2013

Doggie Park, Farmers's Market and a Hike = A Great Way to Welcome Fall!

 Albuquerque, NM
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 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.
 Jack just wanted his ball, but there were to many pups that also wanted his ball so we had to put it away.
 Dover had no problems running and playing!
Sally wasn't so sure...that's  not Jack, that looks a little like Jack, where is Jack? She was a wee bit confused!

And no...this is not Wrecks. This is Daisy. She sure looks a lot like Wrecks did when he was 5 months old.  She is a Carolina dog too.

 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!
Daisy was a sweet pup...she is only 41/2 months old. In her eyes, Wrecks could do no wrong and she was bound and determined to keep up with him.

Joe and I were most impressed at how the owners visited with each other, but also interacted with all the pups.  If you travel with your canine dependents, and visit Albuquerque, you might want to check out this park.

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.

Fresh produce anyone? What a huge selection! Local growers had squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, onions, peppers and all kinds of lettuce just to name a few...

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.

There were several vendors selling fresh bread, pies, and croissants. Sure did smell good! The temptation was great, but we resisted!

 The cut flowers were beautiful...

as were the pepper plants.

The local artists were plentiful...a very nice variety of crafts.
 Our morning in the park also came with entertainment. It was fun watching everyone having a great time.

One last booth caught my 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.
This trail is 1.75 miles to the juncture with the Crest Trail which we did last week.
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.

 This side of the mountain seemed to be greener because it receives more precipitation. The wildflowers were still in bloom.

The Cibola (See-bo-lah)
 National  Forest covers more than 1.6 million acres in New Mexico.
Much of the trail could be described as craggy...this makes it difficult for taking pictures, but sure makes for a fun hike.
The views were not as spectacular on the east side...but you could see for miles and miles.
There were a few switchbacks toward the top of the trail.

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!



  1. What a perfect trifecta--dog park, farmers' market, and a lovely hike. Albuquerque looks like a great time to be this time of year. Happy autumn!

  2. Our girls don't do well in dog parks if there are other dogs there - especially Skitz. She is scared to death of other dogs and other people and strange places and rocks and leaves and anything else. Makes it hard to convince her to go potty when we go outside.

  3. Are you sure you had time to breathe? You sure kept busy but it was a good kind of busy and isn't that the best kind. Loved the Pictures. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. I loved that pine cone. Do you know the name of the tree it came from? I used to make pine cone wreaths, and that one would have been a beauty to include.

  5. Farmers markets are great.....unfortunately the season is near an end :-( Love all your doggie photos!

  6. We love the summer markets too. I also loved the doggie pictures.

  7. Great doggie pictures and a wonderful looking Farmer's Market.

  8. Looks like dog heaven! Good to see the dogs enjoying their time:)

    Oh, that Growers Market looks like my kind of heaven sight. All that fresh produce is so beautiful. I would have had a grand time with all those greens...yummy!! I really miss the markets out west. Just not the same here in the east.

    What a beautiful hike! I love all the rocks on the trail. Thanks for so many very cute wildflower photos:)

  9. What a pleasant way to spend a lovely Fall day.

  10. Perfect !! A farmer's market that looks bountiful and creative and a wonderful hike.... we'll consider both when we are there in a couple of weeks. And, I'm sure those kids had some well earned naps after the dog park romps.... Great pics.