SOME OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES WE’VE ENJOYED
February 28, 2016 – MIAC Oblique Views Exhibit
The Friends Gallery Hoppers participated in a docent led tour of the Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time exhibit at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. This is the aerial southwest survey of Charles Lindbergh’s biplane’s photographs with Adriel Heisey’s contemporary images, exposing changes in the landscape, cliffs, ruins, rivers and footpaths across 86 years of time. After lunch at the Museum cafeteria, the group had a docent led tour of the Turquois exhibit at the museum.
February 11, 2016 – American International Rattlesnake Museum
Fifteen of our number attended the lecture at the American International Rattlesnake Museum, the subject of which was Everything You Wanted to Know About Rattlesnakes, But Didn’t Know Who to Ask. Bob Myers, Museum Director, provided a very informative summary of information about the rattlesnakes we might encounter on our hikes in the New Mexico back country in the coming year. Bob stayed afterward and spent about an hour answering questions about rattlesnakes.
February 20, 2016 – Placitas Trails Hike
Norma Ruptier, one of our members, led a hike along the trails in the Placitas area. The weather was very cooperative that morning. It was a pleasant hike enjoyed by nine hikers.
March 12, 2016 – Ojito Hoodoo Hike
Eleven hardy members joined hike leaders Ed Chamberland and Steve Rospopo for a hike in the Ojito Wilderness. The trail led through colorful wind and water shaped sandstone formations and majestic hoodoos, colorful rock formations, and expansive vistas – a photography opportunity for the hikers. The weather took a turn for the worst with winds and sprinkles. The remainder of the hike will be completed on a future date.
May 22 and 23, 2016 – Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark, Norman Petty Recording Studio, Fort Sumner Historic Site, Bosque Redondo, Billy the Kid Grave Site
On the weekend of May 22 and 23, twenty-four members from the Friends of Coronado Historic Site visited the Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark for a docent led tour by George Crawford, Site Director. This trip was prompted by a talk by Ranger Ethan Ortega at a program of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site in April.
Following this tour, we adjourned to a different era, one of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and many others at the Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis where they recorded famous hits.
After an over night, we switched gears and drove to the Fort Sumner Historic Site and the Bosque Redondo Memorial. After a docent led tour at this site, we again changed historical direction and made a side trip to the Billy the Kid Grave.
Ranger Ethan Ortega’s Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark Lecture
Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark
Norman Petty Recording Studio
Billy the Kid Country
July 15, 2016 – Albuquerque Museum Tour of the New Exhibit, “Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road”
On Friday, July 15, 2016 seventeen members of the Friends Special Interest Group, Gallery Hoppers, met at the Albuquerque Museum to see the current exhibit, “Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road”. Our docent was the Friend’s member Kay Pickett. This was a fun exhibit. Kay’s tour included a lot of new interesting information for many of us and probably touched some nostalgia with others. This tour was followed by an optional lunch at the Slate at the Albuquerque Museum Café.
What a cool way to spend a hot day! Thank you, Kay!