Help Me Get A Feel For Albuquerque NM

Help Me Get A Feel For Albuquerque NM

There are 17 comments on the Ask MetaFilter story from Apr 23, 2013, titled Help Me Get A Feel For Albuquerque NM. In it, Ask MetaFilter reports that:

My husband and I will be in Albuquerque for a very short stay this spring. We have discussed the possibility of relocating there, and would like to get the best feel for the town that we can on our limited visit .

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Sterling Heights, MI

#1 Apr 23, 2013
Depends somewhat on where you are coming from.

If you are coming from east of the Mississippi, be prepared to see your heels get as dry and crackly as burnt french fries.

If you like sunshine you'll never go back to someplace like MN or WI.

We have a good inter-ethnic climate.

Horrid winds from mid March to mid June.

Beautiful bounteous mts., deserts, and sunsets for those with a poetic bent.

Politics as corrupt as a cracked block on a '54 Ford.

But good people are where you find them; and sometimes you find yourself, too.

“More Brains Than .....”

Since: Sep 11

..a Zombie Thanksgiving

#2 Apr 24, 2013
Beggers to the left of me.

Orange barrels to the right.

Here I am.

Stuck in the traffic with you.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#3 Apr 24, 2013
Walk the streets. Avoid Old Town to get a feel. Depends on whether you like out of doors type activities versus the symphony etc.. a little of everything for everyone. Easy to escape to quiet. Malpais, VLA etc.

And PTG was just kidding.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#4 Apr 24, 2013
Try the book 50 Hikes in New Mexico. We do have an REI located on Montano that is a good resource. Jennifer James, Rancher's Club, Scalo's, Vinagrette, Il Vicino, Two Fools Tavern, P'tit Louis Bistro etc. for restaurants. Pick up the local Alibi etc. at the local grocery stores like Whole Foods..good examples of restaurants and type of foods.

Gang bangers. Concealed Carry. Two outdoor shooting ranges (Zia Rifle and Pistol and City Range)and one indoor (Calibers). Car break ins pretty common. So just use common sense. And someone did tell you to either take the tram or drive up to the crest/ski area. Plenty of mountain biking. Plenty of BLM land.
John Flasher

Hardy, VA

#5 Apr 24, 2013
Well, it ain't hell but you can see it from Abq.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#6 Apr 24, 2013
Sounds like a Clint Eastwood movie.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Apr 24, 2013
Willothewisp wrote:
Sounds like a Clint Eastwood movie.
Several things come to mind when living here<G>:
- Man's got to know his limitations.(Dirty Harry group)
- Well, do ya feel lucky... Punk?(Dirty Harry group)
- Improvise, Overcome, Adapt!(Hearbreak Ridge)

Glendale, AZ

#8 Apr 24, 2013
Read Time Magazine's recent edition and you'll think you've gone MAD!

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Apr 24, 2013
65% cholo and 35% gringo

Stay out of 'Martinez town'

Huntsville, AL

#10 Apr 24, 2013
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Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#11 Apr 24, 2013
Depends on what you like, but I would recommend the ABQ Botanical Gardens, definitely a ride up on the Tram, a short hike at Tent Rocks, and take HW 14 (Turquiose Trail) up to Santa Fe for a day, then loop back on I-25. Whitewater this year is pretty pathetic due to the drought...Rio Grande at Taos Junction Bridge is running at only 250 gpm. It's normally about 5 to 10x that flow at this time of year. Unless you have a hardshell kayak, whitewater is probably not much of an option. The Bosque del Apache to the south is a great place to see thousands of birds, not sure how many are still wintering there. Depending on when you visit there may be some local studio tours in the rural areas outside of ABQ. They are lots of fun.

I live in Santa Fe, and there is a whole lot more stuff to do if you want to spend a day up here.


Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#12 Apr 24, 2013
Actually that is 250 cfs in the river, not gpm.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#13 Apr 29, 2013

"Native Pueblos to Georgia O'Keeffe." CD posted this on another thread and thought it might be germane.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#14 May 3, 2013
Well I guess you have to subscribe to Metafilter...afterfilter? Whatever... to post or get a response as to what? Thanks for the kind and helpful feedback to our posts. Look forward to your visit. Try Arizona or Colorado.

North Hollywood, CA

#15 May 3, 2013
Traffic isn't that bad here.

Littleton, NH

#16 May 4, 2013
I lived in NM for years. Check out the Santo Domingo Pueblo (between Albuquerque and Santa Fe). Its a good place to look for pottery\jewelry etc if you're into that. Pawn shops also have some Native Jewelry, you have to look in some unexpected places to find the best deals. There are some nice churches around, haciendas if you're looking for a place to stay. Horseback riding in Los Cerrillos. Los Cerrillos, Taos, Santa Fe are easy to get to if you're right in ABQ. Love the Georgia O'Keefe museum.....Check out El Meze restaurant if you're looking for a good meal. They do Mexican with influences of Mediterranean. One of the best recipes I had at restaurants and also from dinners with personal friends was called Nopales rellanos. Alot of Mexican restaurants back East don't do that and if they do, it would be on a very irregular basis. A very nice authentic dish. Nopals (prickly pear cactus paddles) are used in many dishes and smoothies. The prickly pear fruit (or Tuna as its called in Mexico) is used to make jelly. If you hear someone ask "Is the tuna ripe?" That's what they're referring be able to can it. Getting the jelly on Amazon is NOT the same and its very hard to find Tuna to buy online!! Best experience is to pick it ripe and can it yourself. That is something I miss being able to do.....Since I live in New England I have had to resort to buying Nopals from Rivenrock Cactus Gardens when the weather is warm enough so they are guaranteed not to freeze. Nopals don't freeze well. If you're looking to venture further than ABQ, you may want to check Petroglyphs at Chaco Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Ruidoso, name a few. Good luck!!

Albuquerque, NM

#17 May 4, 2013
All the above generally spot on.

Traffic here is the worst I've ever seen. I've lived in several larger cities that Albaturkey.

Beware that 10% of the drivers have NO patience whatsoever. If they tailgate you, slow down. You will also realize using a turn signal in traffic will encourage the person behind to speed up and close the opening. Beware that 18% of the drivers are uninsured.

Road rule# 1 the person with the less expensive car always has the right of way.

And, check the police department website for crime statistics before you settle down.

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