Albuquerque Balloon Museum – The History, Science, Sport, and Art of Ballooning

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Long known for it’s annual balloon fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s climate is especially supportive of the aviation type known as Ballooning. Over the years, I’ve taken only a couple of rides in hot air balloons, and I’ve attended the Balloon Fiesta once. Last November, I was to learn that Albuquerque has a first class museum dedicated to ballooning. The large building is home to some balloons of historical significance, and many models of early balloon airships along with panels that tell the stories of their pioneering aviators. Continue reading

The Albuquerque Museum – Art. History. People

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Yes, I know… some people find museums boring. However, if you are like me, you’ll find plenty to see with over 10,000 works of art, 27,000 historical objects and over a hundred thousand photographs in their archives. Art and artifacts from the area’s early history are always on view. And the museum has contemporary exhibits as well. Like I said, you will have plenty to see and enjoy if museums are your “thing.” Continue reading

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Since wintering in the southwest, I’ve become more interested in the history and culture of the Native Americans. Regular readers may have noticed a thread of travels in my journeys here that features events and places that focus on that part of the history not only of the United States, but of the North American continent and its earliest residents. This week we journey to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a museum focusing on the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 1 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It was morning over the Rio Grande. The air was relatively still, though we couldn’t tell sailing above the terrain, the hot air balloon riding along with whatever wind pushed us along. One year ago today, our Albuquerque Steiner family reunion concluded its three-day celebration. When in the balloon capital of the world, it’s not a bad idea to get a bird’s eye view of the area. Regular readers may recall my collection of images from that experience. You will find it here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 15 April 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A regular stop on our travels between Arizona and North Dakota is at my sister’s house in New Mexico. This year was no exception. In her back yard, she has two ornamental crab apple trees and as luck would have it, the day we were there, they were in full bloom. Before long, I was outside in her back yard snapping some pictures with my cellphone camera. Continue reading

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History – The Story of the Atomic Age

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Warning – If you don’t “science”, you won’t like it here. OK, so maybe that’s a little strong. Museum fans with a bent toward science will find this place fascinating. After all, what self-respecting science nerd wouldn’t love to attend the Einstein Gala. As this is being published, it’s only a few days away. What goes on at the gala? Here are the details straight from the museum’s website:

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off! Continue reading

Albuquerque Balloon Ride – Up, Up, and Away in our Beautiful Balloon

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A common sight over the city, the hot air balloons are airborne on those many calm air mornings. Known for the annual Balloon Fiesta in October, when our family reunion was held last June, one of the attractions mentioned was a balloon ride over the city. This would be our second balloon ride ever as in 2002, at a previous Albuquerque reunion, Lynn and I took our first aerial balloon experience (and still have the champagne glasses to prove it.) Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 6 August 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In late June, regular readers may recall, Lynn and I went on a hot air balloon ride with several other family members at our family reunion. In addition to my usual collection of images from my Nikon camera, I collected a few from my cell phone. The image above is a photo of our landing area. The large, flat area used to be a golf course. The pilot told us the story of how the developer of the homes and golf course got into an issue over water. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 16 July 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The week of our family reunion brought us to Albuquerque and the main purpose for our 3200 mile (5150 km) road trip. This was our second reunion trip to New Mexico. In 2002, our first family reunion in Albuquerque featured a balloon ride, so it was fitting that another balloon ride should be on the agenda. And so it came to pass on Thursday morning. We arose well before sunrise and a subset of our family carpooled the 20 or so minute drive to our appointment with a large hot air balloon. Continue reading