State: New Mexico
We stayed at a city run campground in Bernalillo, a suburb just north of ABQ (Matt and I started watching Breaking Bad to learn more about the area). A deal at $20 a night (plus a $10 registration fee). We had a nice flat site with a water and electricity, and a view of the snowcapped mountains and Rio Grande. Each site had a little enclosed adobe picnic table room (great for putting your bikes if they're not already frozen onto your bike rack). Took a picture of a cricket I found in the bathroom for Kaylie's new bug collection, and decided to skip taking a shower here.
We had to pull our slides in on our rv because the wind was blowing like mad and we didn't want the awnings over the slides to tear apart with the gusts. When we woke up in the morning all was calm, but there was a decorative layer of snow on everything. Luckily, the snow just lasted the morning and we were able to head out on some adventures without much delay.
The day before:
Albuquerque Balloon Museum
Since we missed the amazing annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held in October, we figured we'd at least check out the Balloon Museum. Free Sunday morning activity! One of the most interesting exhibits talked about how the Japanese launched over 9,000 hot air balloons with bombs attached to them instead of baskets of happy couples. The balloons flew from Japan all the way to the west coast and some landed as far as Michigan, but in the end there was only one bomb incident that left six unfortunate picnicers in Oregon dead.
Matt's favorite activity was the balloon flying simulation, where you get scored on how well you take off and land (extra points for taking out any rooftop antaenas).
After spending a couple hours checking out the balloon displays, we headed to a University of New Mexico local grub spot called Frontier Restaurant. I grabbed a bag of 12 fresh tortillas, carne adovada burrito and cinnamon roll for myself, then and fed the family with whatever they wanted off the wallet-friendly menu.
Next stop was Explora! Albuquerque's childrens/science museum. All three kids had a blast playing with the hands on exhibits and did not want to leave when we dragged them out a few hours later for dinner. Matt was amazed at how nearly every exhibit actually worked (unlike a lot of children's museums where the kids learn to read "Needs Maintenance.").
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!