But first, a few pics of our feathered friends through the windows.
|Four is the most I've seen at one time.
|I love the rufous but he isn't very nice to the others.
|This Gambel's quail did a good job of keeping the hummers away from the feeder.
On the first 100 degree day in Albuquerque we took a drive back up to Sandia Crest for another hike, this time on the 10K trail, named for its starting elevation of 10,000'. It was short on views but long on shade, and in the mid 70s was a nice respite from the heat.
|We went out the 10K trail.
|Then made a 5 mile loop by coming back the Ellis trail, which was more open but still no views of anything but trees.
There were a few flowers and many Western Tiger Swallowtail butterflies.
Another day we decided to go to Old Town Albuquerque for our walk. I found an online brochure for a self-guided walking tour from the downtown Civic Plaza to Old Town Plaza. We decided to start at Old Town since there was a visitor center there that supposedly had the brochures for the walk. The couple working in the VC had no idea what I was talking about when I asked about the Plaza to Plaza walk, and they both said it was several miles and we wouldn't want to do that. I told them it was only 1.3 miles according to what I read, and the woman kept looking and finally found the brochure. The man then stated that he was 94 and didn't walk much anymore. They were cute but not very helpful.
|This is the smaller plaza where the visitor center is located.
|We saw this same Peruvian group, Amauta, the first time we visited Old Town ABQ in April, 2009.
|San Felipe Neri church across from Old Town Plaza
|Old Town Plaza, the official start of the walking tour.
|One of the many historic old homes we saw along the way to downtown.
We passed through some interesting old neighborhoods that have been or are in the process of becoming gentrified, and then soon we were in the modern downtown Civic Plaza. We took a detour back to Old Town for a nice 4 mile walk.
|Civic Plaza, with Hyatt Regency on the left.
|City/County Government Center
Jim went back to the ophthalmologist a few days ago to get punctal plugs inserted in his tear ducts, and since the office was just a mile from Catopia Cat Cafe we had to stop by and check it out on the way home. What a great place, sort of like a group home for very adoptable cats from several local rescue organizations. It's $5 per person to go in and hang with cats for as long as you like. They have a small gift shop and cafe serving coffee, snacks, muffins, and cookies from a local vegan bakery, along with wifi, charging stations, games, puzzles and books. Worth checking out if you're a cat lover.
|They were setting up for a Painting with Cats class.
|This one reminded us so much of one of our previous cats, Quincy.
|It's a good thing we're still cat sitting and can't adopt one, because Poppy was the sweetest, most affectionate cat, and she has been declawed in the front. She will be adopted soon, I'm sure.
That's about it for now. We're down to a little over two weeks left of our house and catsitting job in Albuquerque. It's been fun.