McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

Day trip: Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico

• Location: 238 Ledoux Street, Taos • What activities can you enjoy at this location: View collections and exhibitions from the Taos Society of Artists, Taos Moderns and contemporary artists. The collections include more than 1,700 works of art and 17,000 photographs. The collection dates from the 19th century to the present. • What ages […]

Day trip: American International Rattlesnake Museum

American International Rattlesnake Museum • Location: 202 San Felipe NW, Suite A, Albuquerque • What activities can you enjoy at this location: View exhibits devoted to rattle snakes and their influence on humans. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices? Children $3, adults $5, seniors, military and students […]

Day trip: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology • Location: 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Observe exhibits of native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art. • What ages is this […]

Day trip: Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

• Location: 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe • What activities can you enjoy at this location: View exhibits of more than 3,000 objects from throughout the Spanish Colonial world. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices: Free to New Mexico residents on Sundays; one-day pass $8; one-day pass […]

Day trip: Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Gabriel Monte Place: Santa Fe Children’s Museum Location: 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe What activities can you enjoy at this location: The Children’s Museum provides an educational setting where all types of informal learning occur. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices? New Mexico residents with ID: $6; all […]

Day Trip: Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch

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• Location: 1615 County Road N, Clovis • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The pumpkin patch features a corn maze, hay bale maze, a sea of pumpkins, pumpkin mountain, hay rides and pumpkin and gourd sales. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices? $5 • […]

Day trip: New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico State Fair • Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Sept. 25. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays • Admission: Adults $7, children (ages 6-12) $5, seniors (ages 62+): $5 • Location: EXPO New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Activities include car shows, […]

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White House trip opportunity to celebrate diversity

By Airman 1st Class Bavandeep Singh: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron The White House hosted a diversity summit July 29-31 in Washington, D.C., in an effort to recognize the contributions of South Asian Americans and I was fortunate enough receive an invitation. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew what kind of […]

Day trip: Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum and Pioneer Village • Location: 1000 Highway 82, Cloudcroft • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about life during the turn of the century from exhibits featuring early farming and ranching and railroad models. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices? […]

Day trip: Southwestern Association for Indian Arts

Courtesy photo The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts holds a market in downtown Santa Fe. Southwestern Association for Indian Arts • Location: Downtown Santa Fe • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Explore Native American art and culture. Activities include film screenings, an art symposium, musical performances and an Indian Market. • What […]

Day trip: Unser Racing Museum

• Location: Unser Discovery Campus 1776 Monta

Day trip: Explora

Explora • Location: 1701 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Experience science firsthand through exhibits. • What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages • Admission prices: Adults (12-64) $8; seniors (65+) $5; children (1-11) $4; children (under 1) free • Hours of operation: […]

Day trip: U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum

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Courtesy photo U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum is located at 35 George Applebay Way in Edgewood. U.S. Southwest Soaring Museum • Location: 35 George Applebay Way, Edgewood • What activities can you enjoy at this location: View exhibits featuring the museum’s collection of gliders and exhibits and programs that promote an increased understanding of mathematics and […]

Day trip: Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

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Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum is located at 222 East Laughlin Street in Tucumcari. Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum • Location: 222 East Laughlin Street, Tucumcari • What activities can you enjoy at this location? Exhibits featuring 11,000 square foot Exhibit Hall that houses replicated and original fossils, from tiny footprint casts to the 40’ […]

Day trip: Albuquerque Biological Park

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Courtesy photo The Albuquerque Biological Park is home to a zoo and aquarium. • Location: Zoo 903 Tenth SW, Albuquerque; Botanic Garden and Aquarium: 2601 Central NW, Albuquerque • What activities can you enjoy at this location: There are plenty of critters, concerts, demonstrations, exhibits and activities to fill a day or two, and kids […]

Day trip: Puye Cliff Dwellings National Historic Landmark

Gabriel Monte Puye Cliff Dwellings National Historic Landmark • Location: State Route 30 and Santa Clara Canyon Road • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Tours of historic landmarks and ruins that feature the 1,500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there from the 900s to 1580 A.D. • What ages […]

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

Day trip: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Courtesy photo: Allison Bailey Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is located in Ramah. Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary • Location: 378 Candy Kitchen Rd, Ramah • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Guided tours six days a week, four times a day. Tours range in length from roughly 45 minutes to as long as 1 […]