John Martin and Brittany Baker caught the travel bug. As the summer finally begins to warm, the two decided to hit the road in search of some summertime adventures.
First up, New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. Nearly 900,000 people call the “The ABQ” home but somehow it still retains it’s neighborhood feel.
Run by the City of Albuquerque, the BioPark is one the the city’s main attractions. It consists of a zoo, an aquarium, a beach for kids and a botanical garden.
“People often ask what is my favorite animal or what is my favorite plant, and I just can’t say what the favorite is,” said Botanic Garden manager Catherine Hubbard. “I have so many favorite gardens, because here at the botanical gardens, we’re about 40 developed acres. But we also have a series of small, specialty gardens.”
The Albuquerque Zoo is home an array of animals and sea life.
“We take a kind of a habitat approach,” said Hubbard. “So you can got to an area that’s really large so you can see lots of African animals. We have an Australia exhibit with koalas, so we try to really educate people as well as entertain them when they come to the BioPark.
And if that’s not enough, the BioPark Aquarium is home to thousands of sea creatures.
“We’ve got almost a 300,000 gallon tank,” explains Hubbard. “We have sharks in there, we have sea turtles in there, we have large fish. We also have a smaller tank at the aquarium that’s like a cave that you can go in and just surround yourself with these really colorful reef fish. So the aquarium is a delightful place.
John and Brittany also spent time at the Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, Isotopes Park (home of the Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate), the Hotel Cascada…..and all before heading to Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and the Rushmore Tramway Adventures in Keystone, South Dakota.