Old Town Albuquerque and Albuquerque Museum

4/18/15 Saturday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)

This was a morning of accomplishments. I got the sheets washed/dried, crock pot chili cooking as John checked out our Ideal Rest (air mattress) problem. Earlier we’d tried to lessen the air because of our altitude but my remote kept reading Lo, whatever I did. He found out that the hoses that bring air from pump to mattress have broken connections. Both-that means neither of us are getting air into our side of the mattress. I’ve been struggling with mine since we’ve arrived here. We say I’m like the princess and the pea. I feel when the rig is not level way before John does. So it must be with our mattress condition. We did the research. We can’t order the parts until Monday. I also completed research and ordered our refrigerator freezer gasket. Wonder how my side of the bed will feel tonight.

Off for good times in Old Town. We were lucky to come upon an empty school parking lot near the Albuquerque Museum, so we parked there. John was trying to find the walking trail he’d read about. I had a strong pull to see the Museum, so eventually we found the front entrance (going all around it), asking them about the walking trail.


Lo and behold, they give the guided tour every day at 11 am. Naturally we’d missed that but she gave us the map to walk it ourselves. Then she let us know that every Saturday from 2-5pm they offer free admission to the Museum and offer music then as well. Since we had about ½ hour before 2, we took off on our walking tour. It’s of old buildings that still exist, but are mostly being used for different purposes now.

San Felipe De Neri Church

San Felipe De Neri Church

trail 1a

Sister Blandina Convent-Loyola Hall (1881)

Sister Blandina Convent-Loyola Hall (1881)


Florencio Zamora Store (1898), of soft “pugmill” brick

Florencio Zamora Store (1898), of soft “pugmill” brick

Ambrosio Armijo House and Store (1882)

Ambrosio Armijo House and Store (1882)

Then we enjoyed the fun in the North Plaza. It just happened to be a celebration for Albuquerque’s birthday! How fortunate could we have gotten?

Guitarra Baja, Spanish for bass guitar, which is what he is playing

Guitarra Baja, Spanish for bass guitar, which is what he is playing

plaza 2 plaza 3 plaza 4

After those good times we visited some shops, eventually buying some “Breaking Bad” blue crystal meth candy at the “Candy Lady”, who happens to have lots more “Breaking Bad memorabilia.

candy lady 1

On to the Museum (we knew where the front door was this time), to ponder the galleries. John’s favorite was #6


Then listen to the musicians. They (Brazilian Bossa Nova) sang/played The Girl From Ipanema and other soothing, lilting, music that was SO relaxing. She sang all the songs with a breathy, smoky, flowing voice. Something like Nora Jones. His acoustic guitar playing was just as lovely and lyrical.


That “egg” she’s holding was a shaker, for a soft rhythmic sound.

Getting back home, we finished our good times with popcorn and our ready crock pot chili.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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