New Mexico Bucket List – E ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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When we visit Albuquerque, NM, we love to go to Explora! This is a hands-on science museum for children that is also awesome for adults. There are tons of things to do and you can easily spend all day long exploring the options and activities.

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The water section is one that always draws the girls. Figuring out how locks work, how air in water pipes affects water flow, what water falls do, and discovering how quickly different pipes and buckets fill when water is directed different ways are just a few of the water activities. There is also a giant bubble area that we tend to spend quite a bit of time at.

Another section has brain teaser puzzles and logic challenges. These are often pictures or wooden puzzles to work with. The last time we were there, they had added an electronic puzzle or two.

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There is an electrical area where the kids can work with circuitry. Magnetic circuits, wired one way circuits, and more are set ups that the kids can use and change and figure out. This is one place where Miss E spent a lot of time on our last visit.

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Ever ridden a bicycle high above the ground on a single wire? You can do that at Explora! They have a bicycle that can be ridden. They hook you up so that you have no way of falling and the everything is super safe. It is still a strange sensation to be riding high above the people exploring the areas a story below you. Very neat, though.

One of the favorite places of the girls is the sand table. It is set up with a light feature that shows the elevation changes. So, as you are playing and scooping the sand from one place to another, the marks change to show the changes in height. Just like on a topographical map, lines close together show sharper inclines and father apart show more gradual changes. The girls will play at this particular table until we tell we have to leave.

And spinning illusions are fun, too!

There are plenty of other exploration areas at Explora! These are just a few highlights on our tour of New Mexico.

Enchanted Circle is a group of communities in the mountains of northern New Mexico. They are connected by a beautiful drive through the forests. This circle is about 85 miles and takes around 3 hour without stops in the lovely communities. It circles the state’s highest peak – Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet. The communities of Taos, Eagle Nest, Red River, Angel Fire, Taos Ski Valley, and Questa are all a part of the circle.

Each of the communities has something special to stop for. From a visit to the DH Lawrence Memorial to a fish hatchery, from a Vietnam Veterans memorial to hiking or skiing, there is something for everyone on this circle. Taos is well known for both the native culture and the artist culture. The ski areas often have their lifts open in the summer to be able to visit the highest parts of the mountain and hike down (or ride the lift down, too). Go skiing in winter. Find festivals and activities throughout the year to take time for during your visit. You can plan to make the trip in a single day or take several and really explore the area.

E point rock of El Morro

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El Morro National Monument can be found in the northwest quadrant of the state, closing in on the Arizona state line. El Morro is a place where travelers have stopped for hundreds of year. It was a reliable water spot so people have left their marks here in the sandstone of the area. There are over 2,000 inscriptions, petroglyps, and carvings to be found. There are hiking trails to be explored that take you to see the pool, which holds water year round, or up to the top of the mesa and the pueblo site that has been partially excavated and reconstructed.

El Morro was an ancestral puebloan home, as is evidenced by the ruins found on the top of the sandstone cliffs. There was a large pueblo that contained well over 800 rooms and housed between 1,000 and 1,500 people. They farmed on the plains surrounding the mesa, growing corn and beans with irrigated fields.

E Kiva at El Morro

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The Spaniards also used this oasis during their times of exploration and settlement. After the Spaniards were pushed out of the area by the native peoples, the settlers from America began to come into the area. Many used this as a stop in their westward caravans. Year round, El Morro National Monument is beautiful and has vistas worth seeing.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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9 thoughts on “New Mexico Bucket List – E ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

  1. dawnpeluso March 26, 2019 at 9:33 am Reply

    So much fun! The bicycle looks terrifying to me but my daughter would enjoy it.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 26, 2019 at 12:46 pm Reply

      It is terrifying! Even knowing there is no possible way for you to fall, it is a challenge to hold calm.

  2. Kristen March 26, 2019 at 12:27 pm Reply

    That looks like such an awesome science museum. Reminds me a little of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 26, 2019 at 12:47 pm Reply

      The Franklin Institute – I bet that is wonderful! We sure do enjoy finding hands-on science museums.

  3. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) March 26, 2019 at 9:02 pm Reply

    you have some great places to explore. I WANT to go to Explora!!!! Sounds so very fun!

  4. Kim Linkletter March 27, 2019 at 11:55 am Reply

    Explora looks amazing! You are giving me so many ideas for our next visit to New Mexico!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm Reply

      Yay! There are tons of things to do in NM and many are missed, even by the locals!

  5. […] Cloudcroft, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad D – Desert Petroglyphs, Duck Races E – Explora!, Enchanted Circle, El Morro F – Flying J Ranch, Forest Fire Prevention, Four Corners G – Gila Cliff Dwellings, […]

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