Without fail, when author Ashley M. Biggers is signing books, she hears people say, “I’ve done it all in Albuquerque!” Then these natives or longtime residents pick up the book and say, “I’ve never even heard of that.” ⠀
There are surprises in the book—and in every corner of the Duke City. You just have to look for them! ⠀
What have you discovered in Albuquerque recently?
On its final assault of Cumbres Pass, Locomotive 488 of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad has rounded Tanglefoot Curve to reach the summit at 10,015 feet above sea level. This railroad, jointly owned by Colorado and New Mexico, travels 64 miles between Antonito Colorado, and Chama New Mexico, crossing the border 11 times (it had done it 10 times up to this point)
You’ll find me in compression leggings 90% of the time. It’s my signature look. But with temperatures hitting 102 - or higher! - daily this summer, I’ve had to improvise. I’ve been relying on dresses, overalls and jumpsuits to get me through. Though, if I’m being honest, one piece outfits are maybe not the smartest choice for a girl with a neurogenic bladder. (You know, just #keepingitreal over here.) Despite that, I’m kind of in love with this linen romper. Can you believe it’s from @walmart? I might have bought it in every color available. My other suggestions for coping with this intolerable heat including escaping to somewhere cooler for a few hours (love you, Santa Fe!), copious amounts of agua fresca, and a cooling bandana to tie around your neck. How do manage the heat?
No matter which season you visit Santa Fe in, a visit to @kakawa_chocolatehouse is essential for chocolate lovers! Their unique flavors will tempt you to have more than one cup. Don’t worry, no one will judge you 😬
We opted for special blends available on the day of our visit. Our Massachusetts friends will be excited to know that Kakawa is opening another store here in our hood, in Salem 😋 #yourewelcome
Having visitors means the chance to play tourist in your own state. Today, we headed to Santa Fe for a late lunch. While I don’t usually shop for myself when visiting the Native artists at the Palace of the Governors, I had to have this piece. I had never see anything like it - a combination of beading and copper - and when I bent down to look at it, the artist told me that it meant ‘Inner Strength’. With tiny wrists, bracelets rarely work for me but when I slipped it on, it was a perfect fit. Meant to be, I guess. ✨ #fromwherejenstands#palaceofthegovernors
We went to Taos, explored everything, and found the awesome stuff so you don’t have to! Take a peak at our “How to: Taos, NM” on how to best spend a few days in the desert/mountain area. Hint- it has the best of all the worlds, including hot air balloons AND @earthshipbiotecture Link in the bio :) .
Route 66 Summerfest is taking over the Mother Road in Albuquerque this Saturday, July 21, from 3 to 10 p.m. with live music, food trucks, and an art market. Come join in the summer fun—and stop by to get a signed copy of the book “100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die”!
There’s never a bad season to walk in Albuquerque’s bosque. In winter, the paths are quiet and there’s a deep sense of slumber, waiting and preparing. In summer, the paths are bursting with activity—people walking and biking. But still there’s a sense of grounding beneath the canopy of hundreds-year-old cottonwoods and something relaxing about being near the flowing river just steps away. I love visiting this oasis in the heart of the city.
If you didn’t hear, @bumpertheboxer has his own account now. ✨ I’m sure I’ll still be sharing our adventures here - because gems like this need posted everywhere - but I wanted a space where I could share even more education about service dogs. I’ve always known that you don’t distract a working dog and have been surprised at how many people stop us when we’re out. We don’t normally go to pet friendly places like the @rail_yards_market_abq anymore because a growl or bite or even bad encounter with another dog could wash Bumper from service. I’ve been feeling badly, though, and didn’t feel safe going without him. In less than an hour, we had two bad experiences - first with a woman asking where she could buy a vest for her pet pup, and then with a woman who felt I wasn’t doing enough to keep Bumper safe in the heat. Bumper was with me that day so that I could enjoy time with my brother, and a watermelon paleta from @popfizzabq but we spent most of the visit educating others about service dogs or answering the question, “is that a boxer?” over and over again. And while that’s of course the trade off for his help, it’s frustrating sometimes when errands take extra long, or I’m pulled away from friends or family. So, this is just a friendly little PSA to remind you that it’s illegal to pretend a dog is a service dog if he or she isn’t AND that while we’d love for you to pet our pups, it’s just not safe while they’re working. Instead, you’ll have to get your fix from his feed - I hear it’s extra cute. 🐾