Below are some links to people, places and things that we believe are interesting and/or somewhat off the beaten path. We wanted to share with the hope that other people would be able to experience them as well.

Small, local Albuquerque Businesses we support

Woodworker’s Supply A woodworker’s toy store
Arrowhawk Industries If it’s made of fabric, Leslie can make it!
Harwood Art Center Great community art center
Norman Johnson Photography Great guy, great work
Butler and Company, CPA Keeps the tax man happy
Vista Encantada Home of the nicest (and best) Realtors in Albuquerque

Albuquerque “Watering Holes” we frequent

Il Vicino Canteen Great brewery with patio only a stones throw to our North
La Cumbre Brewing More great beer only a stones throw to our East
Marble Brewery Tasty brew a short bike ride to our South
Flying Star Caffeine paired with wonderful food and desert
Satellite Coffee Good coffee with a refined atmosphere

Very worth-while charities we support

The Ranches
All Faiths Receiving Home
East Central Ministries
Keshet Dance Company
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Lesser known New Mexico places of interest

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Great fun for the whole family
Bandalier National Monument Learn about ancient Ancient Puebloan culture
Bosque de Apache National Wildlife Refuge A mecca for birds and those that watch them
Chaco Canyon Provides a wonderful peak into the Anasazi past
El Malpais National Monument Lave tube caves now closed but still beautiful area
El Morro National Monument Historic and pre-historic inscriptions
El Santuario de Chimayo Destination for cross carrying pilgrims at Easter
Gila Wilderness Beautiful scenery
Pajarito Ski Mountain Best kept ski secret in New Mexico
Pecos Wilderness Only 2 hours from Abq but 30 degrees cooler
Petroglyph National Park Wonderful Anasazi works of art
Rio Chama River A favorite for Dapwood company trips
Sandia Man Cave Good rock climbing and cave is tight
Santa Fe Opera Tailgating before the show is a must
Santa Fe Ski area Mountain with a little of everything
Sitting Bull Falls Water in the middle of a high desert. Quiet. Refreshing.
Sky City Acoma Pueblo built high on a bluff still inhabited today
Taos Pueblo Continuously inhabited for over 1000 years
Taos Ski Valley Steep and fun
Tent Rocks Other worldly rock formations
Very Large Array (VLA) Great experience walking around huge dishes pointed to the heavens
White Sands National Park Ever ski on sand?

Lesser known Rocky Mountain places of interest

Buckskin Gulch Great overnight hike in slot canyons
Big Lake/White Mountains Popular with fisherman but also very pretty. Note:The 500,000+ acre Wallow Fire in June 2011 has dramatically changed the landscape.
Canyon de Chelly Beautiful and remote canyon
Guadalupe Mountains Rugged and remote. One of the last places to be mapped in the lower 48- for good reason!
Meteor Crater Interesting stop if traveling along I-40 in northern Arizona