And you thought Kiva’s were just for middle schoolers

You will probably only understand the reference in the title if you went to a middle school that had a kiva.

Our first week here has been great! We have decided that Albuquerque is the best-kept secret in the American Southwest, full of novelty and beauty. In the last seven days we have hiked through pine trees, sighted wild bear, visited Indian ruins, eaten New Mexican green chile burgers, and driven through wineries next to the Rio Grande. I would have never thought that ABQ had so much going on. My goal in this post is to entice you to come visit us.

One of our very first outings, after the Bar of course, was a hike at the top of the Sandia Crest. The Sandia Mountains are a range just east of ABQ that are very lush and full of wild life. They even have a ski resort that runs in the winter. We got our camelbacks ready and leashed up Rudy to head for the Sandia Crest. The hike is 6-mile loop that would take us to an overlook of ABQ. We were hoping we would reach it in time to see the world famous sunsets we keep hearing about. After a 30-minute drive we arrived to an empty parking lot at the trailhead. “Is there something we don’t know?” “Why isn’t anyone here?” Along with an empty parking lot we saw signs plastered all over warning us to “BEWARE” of bear and mountain lions. With advice such as “carry bear mace”, “leash your pets”, and “hike in large groups”. Why would we take these signs seriously? I have seen these signs all over Utah canyons and have never once seen a bear. Doug assured me that we would be fine and we should even let Rudy off his leash. So we embarked on our hike. I was very nervous, stopping to listen and analyze ever sound I heard and then asking Doug to validate what I heard and what it could possibly be. He continued to assure me there were no bear. Twenty minutes into it not only are both of us loving the soft, loamy, and tree canopied trail, but Rudy is running wild and loving it too. Right when my nerves calm, fifteen feet ahead of us we see a large black bear! The bear saw us too because the next thing we knew he was running off into the forest sending vibrations through the ground and trees all the way to my core. He was large! I immediately turned around and told Doug to grab Rudy and leash him so we could get out of there. It may have taken us 20 minutes to get to that point, but it definitely took less time to get back. What have I learned from that experience? To get some bear mace, tie some bells to my ankles, leave Rudy at home, and bring a walking stick when I hike in New Mexico. Despite the experience I have every intention to go back and finish that hike before the season is over. Does this want to make you come visit?

We don’t have pictures of the bear sighting, but we do have pictures of some of the Indian ruins we visited. The Native women and children built the church ruins with the guidance of Spanish Missionaries who came here with the intent to convert them to Christianity.

ImageRattlesnakes

ImageKiva

ImageAltar

ImageChurch

ImageChapel

Thanks for looking! Love you.

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4 thoughts on “And you thought Kiva’s were just for middle schoolers

  1. Thanks for posting the pictures, it helps to feel like we are still in your lives. ‘Post em if you got em’ Love ya, Mom

  2. I was just thinking about you, hoping there would be a blog update and yahoo there was! It looks so pretty out there, I miss you!

  3. Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe that this site
    needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!

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