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The Good BaD Tour of Albuquerque

June 1st, 2013

ABQ Breaking Bad Tour LogoMany cities have bad tours, but Albuquerque has the best Bad Tours in the World. So you may ask “why is this a good thing and why would anyone want to take a BaD Tour of Albuquerque anyway?”

Well, while thousands may ask that question upon seeing that The ABQ Trolley Co. has BaD Tours on their agenda this year, but only hundreds will actually get to experience this phenomenon in 2013. Tickets are limited and disappear quicker than Walt’s money at the All Fours Cabaret.

In 2012 the Albuquerque Trolley Co. were cleared by Sony to offer up a special tour of the filming locations of the TV Hit Series Breaking Bad, set in and filmed on location in Albuquerque, NM. The first Bad Tour was held on opening night of Season 4, and was such a huge success they had to add another, and then even more Bad Tours to their 2012 calendar. Back by popular demand, the 2013 tours are in full swing again this year and the second half Trolley Season Bad Tour ticket sales start today.

Albuquerque Breaking Bad Tour hostsBaD Tours ($65) -  July 21 & /28, Aug 18 & 25, Sept 1, 8 & 15
BaDder Tour ($80) – Aug 11, features special viewing party at Back Alley
and BaDdest Tour ($80) – Sept 29 – also features the viewing party at Back Alley

Back Alley Drafthouse Albuquerque logoPlease check the ABQ Trolley’s website for times and details of what is covered, but be assured that no two tours are exactly alike, because the owners are awesomely entertaining themselves and make all their tours a delight.

If you miss out on the Bad Tours, don’t hesitate to try one of the others they offer. Not a bad one in the bunch and these guys know Albuquerque better than just about anyone. They are definitely the BaDDest.

  • Note – The BaD Tour is rated ‘R’ for adult subject matter. Bring children at your own discretion. There are no refunds for ‘BaD Tour’ tickets. Due to the high demand for these tickets, there will not be any refunds for anyone who misses the tour. By the time the BaD tours are upon us, we’ve turned down many riders who are interested in joining us because the tours are “sold out.” Having a rider cancel the week of or the day of does not give us enough time to resell that ticket. Tickets are, however, transferable. Thank you for your understanding.

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

Doves in Albuquerque – Changes are Happening!

May 17th, 2013

When I first moved into our present Albuquerque home 28 years ago I brought with me a love of birds and birdwatching that I got from my mom. She used to rescue hurt or orphaned birds, rehab them and then release them. We always had a bird feeder right outside the kitchen window and she taught me who was who in the bird world. That was a long time ago in a different land, (New Jersey). Birding in Albuquerque is very different.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Our neighborhood here in Albuquerque has a more than fair variety of feathered creatures, and with a irrigation ditch fifty feet behind our house and an orchard of various fruits next door our yard was prime for birdwatching. We put up feeders and got binoculars. At this time, (in the mid to late 1980s), the only dove you ever saw in this neighborhood was the Mourning Dove, and there were lots of them. My husband can call them in with this whistle he does with his hands, and he’s really good at it. That is, when we had Mourning Doves.

white wing dove

White-winged Dove

Some time around 1999-2001 we began seeing White-winged Doves in the winter time. They were usually seen year round in the southern part of New Mexico, and since there is a hunting season for them down there we used to kid around that these winter doves were just scouts looking for a new locale where there was no hunting. I think we may have been right. After a few seasons of winter visits the White-winged doves stayed. There were only a few at first, and now on same days the feeder has become Hitchcock-esque. And they told their cousins too, I’m sure of it.

Eurasian Collared Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Enter the Eurasian Collared Dove. At first we only saw one at the feeder, and it was hanging with the White-wings. After a while I was sure they were mixing it up a bit too, (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and I am nearly positive we are seeing hybrids along with a whole lot of the real McCoys.

Whatever the reason, we hadn’t seen Mourning Doves much after the bigger doves showed up. The Mourning Doves are not as aggressive at the feeder, but we are seeing and hearing more of them this season. I hope they stay. And I wish the Eurasians and White-wings would find another hangout, because they are really BIG poopers and we’re tired of them “decorating” our yard.

The Mourning Doves here are a little darker tawny grey-brown color than the other two, and have a pointed tail. There are dark spots on back of wings, and sometimes a tear shaped mark well below their eyes under their cheeks is visable. You can hear low, quick whistle sound when they fly off, and this sound is made from their wings, not their vocal chords.

The White-winged Doves are a heftier bird, have the white showing on the shoulder of their wings.  They have a tear-shaped dark mark under the cheeks. Their tail is more squared off, not pointed at all. They coo in a different cadence that the Mourning Doves, and it’s not as pretty to me. They also make a cawing sound like a stereotypical crow sound, but not as loud.

The Eurasian Collared Dove cousins are definitely an introduced species to the Americas, and their numbers are growing. They are usually paler in color than the other two, but with all the fraternization going on in this neighborhood, you see some darker ones sometimes. They have a distinctive dark collar that goes almost all the way around the neck sometimes, not quite meeting in the front. Tail is not pointed.

What kind of doves do you have in your neck of the woods? Or city? Our bed and breakfast, Adobe Nido in Albuquerque, is just 2.5 miles from Downtown and Old Town, yet we’ve got birds, and lots of them! We’re also just over 2 miles east of the fabulous Rio Grande Nature Center, where the birdwatching in Albuquerque is GRANDE!

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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