I’m still laughing that Albuquerque was on Ben’s wish list! We knew almost nothing about this town, but we knew it was on our way back from Arches National Park and a good place to stop and stay the night.
Then we got messages from a couple locals in that incredibly friendly town and suddenly our overnight trip (just so we could say we had been there) was becoming SO much more. More than we could have ever possibly imagined.
Thank you to Katie Herrera of Tyler Brooke Photography for making this epic adventure possible, AND for documenting these sweet moments. We’ll treasure this experience forever, and the kids have been asking repeatedly when we can go back to visit Albuquerque again. We fell in love with the city and the people.
On to the photos! (More to come tomorrow!)
First was the 6am meet up with the news crews while we had breakfast (thanks to The Village Inn) and then there was a mini-hot air balloon festival!! Which included Ben and Kit heading up, and Ben’s grin was ear to ear. They had a sparkling cider toast afterwards as Ben got his first flight certificate and the kids all enjoyed collecting the hot air balloon cards. (We really need to go back for the huge international balloon festival one year – it’s in October. You should go.)
More photos here…
Then the fire department joined us so the kids could explore the truck AND spray the hose?? (Okay, isn’t that a wish come true for most of us? Just me?) Those photos are coming tomorrow…
The fire department then gave the kids a ride over to Frontier restaurant. When we told friends where we were heading we had multiple people here in Dallas told us we MUST try the Frontier cinnamon rolls. They gave Ben a special tortilla making lesson, we sampled the cinnamon rolls (yum!) and oh, right – we had breakfast with the mayor. 🙂 (I had the breakfast burrito – best I have ever tasted.)
The restaurant is across the street from the university and Ben asked the mayor if the city offers a tortilla making scholarship. I love our little chef!
Next up was old town and the rattlesnake museum. It’s a good thing I’m not scared of snakes, as this place had all sorts of slithering little friends that my kids were fascinated by. Side note, the museum gave us a welcome back and it had mints in it an adorable little tin that said Albuquerque and the mints had chills or hot air balloons on them!
After some nap time we enjoyed a yummy, yummy dinner at El Pinto on their beautiful patio, then tried ice skating. Seeing Ben’s face as he glided across that ice was absolutely priceless. The kids all fell in love with ice skating, and Ben was excited to hear about some skaters who are visually impaired. No matter what happens with his eyes, Ben’s going to keep skating.
Just before sunset it was time to head up to the tram (longest in the world!) to get a view of the city. Did I mention I’m terrified of heights? Yep. So for me going up on this thing was a nail biting, anxiety provoking experience and I told Ben he better feel loved! 🙂 But the sunset was spectacular, bright and purple and orange and we all were in awe.
Safe to say that the city of Albuquerque made our entire family feel so very loved. Thank you for this beautiful experience!