Saturday, July 17, 2010

Albuquerque Day 3: Museums, Old Town, and Cake!

I am going to try to finish blogging about our trip to New Mexico! It really was a wonderful trip.

On Day 3, we started by going to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. One of their temporary exhibits was on nature journals. I really enjoyed looking at these and would like to start working on mine more often.

Our favorite room had reptiles, amphibians, and fish in it. We spent most of our time here. In this sandbox, Alex & her cousin, Hunter, are making animal tracks.We actually didn't care much for the rest of the museum and went through it really quickly. It was primarily about evolution and space travel.

After lunch, we went to Old Town Albuequerque. We went through the small, but interesting, American International Rattlesnake Museum. We were proud of Nana for joining us - and she actually liked it! 

There are artists who set up to sale along the street. We were told that they get their assigned spot and time in a weekly lottery. There is a lot of jewelry and pottery are for sale, but we didn't buy anything.

This is the San Felipe de Neri Parish, the oldest Catholic parish in New Mexico. It was built in 1793 and is still used for services today. We saw nuns and monks both in the church and walking around Old Town. 

That night, one of my husband's cousins met us at the house for his 30th birthday. We made cupcakes and here is a photo of Hunter (who turned 2 in May) enjoying his dessert! He really enjoyed blowing out the candles and singing Happy Birthday, too.


lahbluebonnet said...

The snake looks scary! Oh that artist spot is exactly what we read about in the Hutchison books I told you about! I would love to nature journal, have one I started, but get discouraged because I'm really not an artist. I so love the idea though.

Rhonda said...

Love the nature journal. I really have wanted to start one with my girls, but somehow never got around to it. Don't love the snake museum. I am terrified of snakes! *runs away screaming like a mad woman*

Donna said...

Wow Dana! I love these photos! I so enjoyed it when we visited Albuquerque. We were just driving through pretty much but I took a bunch of photos of Route 66 stuff. I so wanted to visit the historical places. I'm glad you did!

I've been on vacation but thought I'd drop by and see how you were.

I'm looking forward to more photos of your trip. :O)
Donna @ Comin' Home

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