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Sleeping in a Tree, Down by the River

February 4th, 2014

This weekend a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook that she took while walking down by the Rio Grande. Her photos were really good and I share them here. The words she used for the post inspired another friend to comment that it sounded like a campfire song. I agreed, and having had an encounter of the third kind with the same creature, I wrote my friend a song. It’s a true story, but later.

IMG_1037Now, I’m no songwriter, by any stretch, so there is no melody yet. Maybe someone will feel moved to put some music to it. It’s just some fun.

What does this have to do with our bed and breakfast and/or Albuquerque, one might ask. Well, it’s all about the creature we encountered and where it lives, which is very close by in Albuquerque’s *bosque.

Just two and a half miles from Adobe Nido is a wonderful woodland that surrounds the Rio Grande. This is where you’ll find the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, over 400 acres of nature preserve that makes you feel so secluded from the city that it’s almost laughable. It will, at very least, make you smile and relax. The city is no where in sight, and you’re right in the center of it.

The Albuquerque bosque offers everyone an easy walk down to the river as well as 17 miles of biking, blading, walking and running trails. It’s a birder paradise too, and yes – this time of year you’ll see porcupines sleeping in the trees. Here’s my song, and the first two lines are what Erin wrote in her Facebook post to start my madness.

Porcupine in a treeSleeping in a Tree, Down by the River

I saw a porcupine way up in a tree,
this morning down by the river
The sun was shining warm on me,
but the cold air made me shiver

I remember you in our yard one night,
rain misting ’round your quills,
Curled up in a ball you gave me a fright,
it made my heart stand still

Oh porcupine, oh porcupine, is it a lonely life?
Up in the trees, in a cold, cold breeze, how will you find a wife?

Porcupine close up, in a treeNot having seen your kind or smell,
our dog walked up to sniff
“No Mini, get inside” we yelled,
and she barely got a whiff

When Mini went inside the house,
we heard her sneeze and wheeze
Four quills, we found, had pierced her nose,
she asked “remove them, please?

Oh porcupine, oh porcupine, is it a lonely life?
Up in the trees, in a cold, cold breeze, how will you find a wife?

We saved the quills you left behind,
when into the night you sauntered
tree damaged by porcupineWe taped them to the office door,
and left them there to ponder…

why God created one so dear,
so odd, so slow, yet dangerous
So meek and docile and yet feared,
A lonely life, it seems to us

Oh porcupine, oh porcupine, is it a lonely life?
Up there in the trees, do you ever sneeze? I hope you find a wife?
…………..
*Bosque is the name for areas of gallery forest found along the riparian flood plains of stream and river banks in the southwestern United States. It’s  the Spanish word for woodlands.
…………..

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Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

US Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque

January 30th, 2014

Albuquerque will be hosting the USATF in February. The USA Track and Field Championship is the last event of the year for the Indoor Championship Series. It’s a three day event and will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque.2014USATF ndoorChampionships

This event is very close to our Albuquerque bed and breakfast, Adobe Nido. and we will be a perfect match for you! Whether you are an athlete or a spectator, our grande jetted tubs will sooth your muscles. Our outdoor Finnish sauna can help your aches and pains after a day of hard competition or a day of sitting in the bleachers watching them compete. Either way you’re covered, and our hearty, healthy and filling breakfast will carry you through the morning, and maybe through lunchtime too.

Adobe_Nido_SaunaUSA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Albuquerque Convention Center
February 21, 22 & 23, 2014

  • Three-day reserved seats – $30 each
  • Two-day reserved seats – $25 each
  • Single day tickets are $15  (Sat/Sun) Friday tickets are &7
  • General admission tickets are $25 each for a three-day pass

For more ticket info or to purchase tickets go to the event at unmtickets.com

Go here for a schedule of events for each day of the Championship so you can find your favorite evnt to plan accordingly.

Adobe Nido B&B is just 7 minutes, (only three miles) from this great event. The Albuquerque Convention Center has lots of underground parking, so you don’t have to fight for a coveted spot in Downtown.

We still have two rooms left, and one is an apartment sized suite for up to six folks! Such a deal for a small group to get great accommodations and amenities for a small price. Book now!

I know the best things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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