New Girl in the Desert

So, I’m new here.  I am not only a new Contributor on Albuquerque Mom’s Blog, but I’m new to Albuquerque, to New Mexico, to this side of the country…I’m new.  If I can help other moms who are new to the area, I’ll be happy.  If I can make native New Mexicans laugh at me, then I guess I can settle for that, too.  I am originally from Ohio, and have also lived a couple years in Georgia.  It is a different world!  I come from COLD winters, HUMID summers, and very, very green grass and vegetation.  We have mountains on the East Coast, but they’re half the height of the Sandias. Ohio will always have a part of my heart, however,

New Mexico is making a big impression on me so far.

New Girl in the Desert from Albuquerque Moms Blog

Walk to the Volcanoes

 This is a short list (or not so short) of a few things that I’ve learned.  Pass this list on to those new moms you know, the military wives you may know, the out of town family who will visit, or just other New Mexicans who would like to make fun of me!

  • Tumbleweed is a real thing.   This stuff isn’t just in old westerns and Wile E. Coyote cartoons.
  • There are volcanoes! Who knew??
  • You can eat green chile on EVERYTHING. It’s even listed on the Mickey D’s menu!
  • You can drive an hour in any direction from ABQ and see something vastly different, and again think that you’ve only ever seen this stuff in movies.
  • You can still get sunburnt in the Winter.
  • Breaking Bad is the greatest show ever…even greater when you live in Albuquerque. When bored during the day, I can be seen driving past various filming locations like a giant geeky fangirl.
  • Lizards are everywhere! My kids go bonkers every 10 minutes when they spot an unsuspecting lizard sunning itself on the wall out back.
  • Hot air balloons are everywhere…and sometimes make you think they are going to land on your roof. (What was that loud blasting noise?)
  • Old Town is the cutest, coziest little town to shop and eat.  Backstreet Grill??   I’m obsessed with their street tacos!!
  • Dust devils are to be taken seriously…roll up your car windows when passing them, trust me.
  • Roadrunners are like really fast chickens. And, they are WAY bigger than you think.
  • Black Widows are everywhere. Have your husband or other willing individual check under your patio chair and your kids’ picnic table every day. Again trust me on this.
  • Pink mountains are awesome. If you see a minivan on the side of the road while the mountains are pink, it’s me taking pictures.
  • New Girl in the Desert from Albuquerque Moms Blog

    Botanic Gardens

    The Grown Up Grilled Cheese at the Sandia Crest House  is sinful! (And driving up the back of the mountain is beautiful).

  • Tinkertown is bizarrely cool, and the kids love it.
  • There are casinos everywhere. (Where I grew up, the only casinos were four-hour plane rides away!)
  • We could live at the BioParks. The Zoo is amazing, the Aquarium and new Bugarium make for a great afternoon, and the Botanic Gardens are a sort of oasis in the desert!
  • Winter pretty much ends in January—Hooray!! (Thank goodness I never got around to packing away my trusty flip flops!)
  • You’ll buy obscene amounts of chapstick.
  • Nosebleeds happen a lot. Vaseline in the nostrils is the difference between my kids waking up happy and clean, and waking up looking like they’ve been brutally attacked in the middle of the night. (And giving me a heart attack)
  • Native American culture is amazing.  Amazing.

Can you think of more?  What do YOU love about Albuquerque?  Comment below!

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5 Responses to New Girl in the Desert

  1. Carollann February 29, 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Ericka! Welcome to Albuquerque! I am the Marketing Director for Backstreet Grill and we are so glad you love our street tacos. I hope you return to Old Town and our restaurant soon. Thank you again for the recommendation!

    Carollann S

    • Ericka M
      Ericka M February 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      Carollann, thank you for your comment!! I’m HAPPY to recommend any restaurant that serves food good enough to make me yell “ohmigod!” in an embarrassingly loud voice!

      We will definitely be in soon…could you all work on a mild salsa for the kids? 😉

  2. Sarah February 29, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    Thank you for posting this! Love it. My husband is graduating dental school in may and scheduled to work a residency program in ABQ so we are learning about our future new home. We will be moving from VA in June.

    • Ericka M
      Ericka M February 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Sarah, I’m so glad my post helped you!!

      Please, message me when you get here and I’ll show ya around!

      Congrats to the hubby!! 🙂

    • Rebecca March 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

      Sarah– I’ve known quite a few people who have gone through the dental residency there as well as a few of the faculty (at least in the past… not sure who’s still there)! Summer and Fall are my favorite times in Albuquerque