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Happy Summer Vacation   2017-06-12

Happy Summer Vacation 2017-06-12

| June 12, 2017




and Wednesday, June 14th is FLAG DAY.



As summer approaches, if you are like 25% of Americans who don't take their vacation leave, think twice. Taking time off can - and this is scientifically proven - help you sleep better, be more productive, make you feel more relaxed and be healthier. How can you resist those benefits? 

Vacation Fare - Far and Near

This article should get you started. Since "money issues" are considered the Numero Uno in the stress department and also the lead contributor to marriages ending in divorce, it follows that an affordable vacation is a double whammy on the positive side. Read the article and get cracking - CLICK HERE

Here are 16 ideas - the first two are national parks and the rest are urban locales of varying populations. Be inspired. Add Glacier...Estes Park - the possibilities are endless. Consider an Alaska cruise.  As for cities -  park the car, unpack your suitcases and make your sorties from a hotel or B&B. Speaking of B&Bs, don't forget - you can save some money and have the benefit of host knowledge and recommendations. If you decide to check out DC, consider combining it with a trip to Charlottesville. Visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Time permitting, wend your way over to the Blue Ridge Parkway and down to Asheville NC, another terrific beer town.

REPEAT AFTER ME: "I will take all my vacation time this year. It is good for me, for my family, and for my co-workers."  Congratulations! You're halfway there!


Summertime in the Duke City

QUESTION: When does an Isotope turn into a green chile cheeseburger?

ANSWER: This Friday, June 16th

Take me out to the ballgame - Isotope info HERE

This could be the hottest promotion in the history of the franchise, as the Isotopes embrace one of the greatest things about being a New Mexican. To honor an iconic culinary custom of New Mexico, on June 16, for one night only, the Albuquerque Isotopes will become the AlbuquerqueGreenChileCheeseburgers

Isotopes Park will be decked out in a Green Chile Cheeseburger theme this Friday evening, with green chile cheeseburger sliders being served throughout the ballpark's concession stands. Green chiles will be roasted on the concourse, as "The Lab" will  be transformed into "The Grill."


Saturday, here in the Park -

Visit the Website: DGM

There's a bike valet, Yoga at the Market begins at 9am, and this is great start to the weekend. But it isn't the only game in town - check out Los Ranchos, or the Sunday Corrales market that begins at 9am.

Have Coffee, Will Bike

"We like to think of Old Town Farm as the “green heart of the city”. Located just west of Old Town and just east of the Rio Grande, OTF is situated on 12 acres in one of the most historic settings in New Mexico. Although Albuquerque was settled in 1706, Pueblo Indians lived and farmed here long before the Spanish arrived as evidenced by the many pot shards found while digging post holes. The Duranes Lateral, which forms the western boundary of OTF, is reputedly the oldest registered ditch in North America. To this day, the “Madre de Duranes” provides water to irrigate our pastures."


Come by and relax in the garden or under the trees. Coffee, smoothies, soups, salads, savory mini-quiches, salads…all with ingredients fresh from the Old Town Farm garden and orchard according to the growing season. It's on the bike path next to I-40 a few hundred feet east of Gabaldon Rd and about 2 minutes west of the Aspen St. entrance near the St. Clair and Bikesmith. Go for it!


Beat the Heat - Easy to Fathom

This is a good habit to get into: CLICK HERE

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Summer Reading List

"Whether you’re a native Albuquerquean looking to mark another local experience off your “bucket list,” or an out-of-towner in search of a few vacation ideas, let 100 Things to Do in Albuquerque Before You Die be your guide."


Liberal activist writer Naomi Klein says President Trump marketed his way to the White House. Now she wants to bring him and his politics down hard. You may not agree, but it's an interesting read and something to do, if you're fed up with the 24 hour news cycle.

Both sides now...

"Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward."   Available at amazon.


Happiness is a Wet Puppy this Week


Don't worry, Be happy...CLICK HERE