Thursday, September 9, 2021

New Mexico State Fair 2021 Deals and discounts

This year is a little different with covid procedures. Here is a link with info for admission. Please check before you go.

When: September 9th- 19th, 2021
 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday

General admission: 
Adults (age 12-64): $12 
Seniors (age 65 and up): $8 
Children (age 5-12) $8 
Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE

Tickets can be purchased online here

dates and deals: 
9/9 $2 admission opening day, All Law Enforcement Officers get in FREE with valid ID. 
9/10 Friday All Firefighters get in FREE with valid ID or uniform. 
9/13 Monday $2 admission, $25 ride wristband
9/14 All Military and Veterans get in FREE with valid ID or uniform. $5 admission, $20 ride wristband
9/15 Wednesday Dollar Day! $1 admission | $1 rides -$10 minimum purchase | Get $5 off your PRCA Rodeo ticket with the promo code RODEO21
9/16 - $20 ride wristbands | Graze Days from 11am-4pm – every food vendor will offer at least one item from their menu for $3 | $12 adult admission, $8 child (5-12) and senior admission
9/17-9/19 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEKEND – All teachers will get into the Fair for FREE when they present their district-issued ID or a pay stub at the ticket booth
+Sunday, 9/19 – Get $5 off your PRCA Rodeo ticket with the promo code RODEO21 

Bicycle parking/Bike valet is free  

Lots of free entertainment. music at the pavilion, Indian village artist demonstrations, Car shows on Main street. rides on the midway. and state fair food. 

See you at the fair

Friday, August 20, 2021

Albuquerque Railyards and Sunday shopping

 I wanted to get some fresh veggies so I could eat healthier. I don't have a garden or a green thumb so I usually get whatever at the store. I tried something different this week.

Who is it for: All ages, all incomes, there is something for everybody.

What: Fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, salsa, jerky, arts, honey, food trucks, entertainment. all locally sourced. 

When: Sundays 10am - 2pm, May to October.

Where: 777 1st St. SW, Albuquerque

Why: Support local farmers, and vendors

How: by car with free parking, bike with bike valet, Bus, and Rail runner train. They even have curbside pickup. 

Railyard Market is half inside the former blacksmith shop for the railroad. Half outside on the plaza so put on some sunblock. there are over 100 vendors to visit so you may want to allow for a few hours to see them all. There is a lot to see, do, and sample. Bring a backpack or a reusable bag to store all your purchases. 

Alien Mustang
My experience went this way. 

Alien Mustang with helicopter parts

 We were greeted at the entrance with a car show. I like cars. I couldn't resist the alien car. Well mostly car. Its a mix of multiple different mustangs and some helicopter parts. He created the alien to raise spirits during the pandemic. I know it made people smile. 

Then proceed to the start of the market at the bike valet and welcome booth. Here you can ask questions, park your bike, or purchase some double up tokens with EBT. They charge your card and give you double the amount of tokens for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables and some other vendor items. You can use the tokens at other growers markets in the future. You can also pick up your preordered mixed veggie box with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. that could kickstart some healthy eating. Next up the plaza with tempting food trucks. So many options its hard to choose. I bought a baklava from Fat City eats and treats. It truly was a treat. I got some fresh carrots, red onions and zucchini from Black mesa farm from San Felipe pueblo. Smoked garlic Jerky from Bar X. I admired many artists designs including Super rad designs Zia empire shirt. I got a steak seasoning spice blend from Chef Rick of old Norse world cuisine. Salsa from Alma's salsa. We ran out of time at 2pm closing time. I will have to return to visit the inside. If you have any Railyard favorites please feel free to comment on this post. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. 

Here is the railyard markets page with lots of info

here is a simple map with a vendor list

Fat city eats and treats


Black Mesa farm 

Old Norse world spice blends

Super Rad designs 

Bar X Jerky 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in Colorado

This road trip from Albuquerque is only 5 hours and 20 minutes drive time. 

This trip was taken in July of 2019. with 7 people ages 16 -66. 

We stayed in a centrally located hotel in Colorado Springs. 

Dinner at The Airplane restaurant 

The Restaurant is built around and in a fully intact KC-97 tanker. You enter a building attached to the plane then proceed up the steps to the body of the plane with booths along both sides. It’s a nice wide body plane so its not too cramped with a tiny little tray. Plus the food is way better than a package of pretzels and a drink. Try Steak Neptune, Buffalo Steak, Pasta, salads, sandwiches, and appetizers. They have a great selection and even the menu is fun. While waiting for your meal you can visit the cockpit of the plane and take pictures “flying the plane”. We had the opportunity to meet Bob Taylor Air Force veteran fighter pilot and saw a picture of the plane he flew in WW2/Korean War on the wall. Here is the link to the restaurant with the menu and history.

 A visit to Garden of the Gods                

There are free trail maps at the visitor center with several trails to take. You can take a trail that best suits your abilities. The more physically able can hike a moderate trail, or if you have a knee injury you can park in or near the handicapped section and walk flat sidewalks that are also wheelchair accessible. The views and beautiful Sandstone rock formations were enjoyed by everybody. Make sure you bring water for hiking. They have a nice visitor center with snacks, ice cream and souvenirs. The Park got its name in 1859 when Rufus Cable said it was a fit place for the Gods to assemble and called it Garden of the Gods. Free Admission

Take a ride on the Royal gorge railroad           

The views from this 2 hour train ride of the Royal Gorge, the Arkansas river, and the bridge are spectacular. The History of the area and silver mining boom are given while riding the train. Take a trip back in time to 1890 as they had rode the train while mining for silver and lead. The train is 1950s era so you wont get the smoke and soot on the trip. Your train passes over the hanging bridge where the gorge narrows to 30ft wide. The bridge built in 1879 is suspended above the river. They have multiple options for seating including coach, Club, or Vista Dome with full upward views. the 403 Grill is on the train for Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The Nacho plate is a lot of food you may want to consider sharing it with several people. There are many fantastic photo opportunities. Train rides range from $44-79 per person. Meals and drinks are available on the train.

Spend the day in Cripple creek     

 Only 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. this Gold mining town offers a train ride, a mine tour, and casinos. You don’t have to Mine for gold in this town but if you do there are several casinos in town that would love to help you with your winnings. 

Ride the Cripple creek & Victor Narrow Gauge railroad 

Climb aboard a century old steam locomotive that leaves from the 1894 depot and gift shop every 70 minutes. It’s a 45-minute trip with lots to see.Enjoy the views and experience including Echo Valley where you can hear the train whistle echo through the canyon. Train rates $10-15. Because this is a short ride there is basic snacks and drinks available for the ride at the depot gift shop. Please check the page for any coupons discount and promotions.

 Explore the Gold rush era and tour the Mollie Kathleen Gold mine

Discovered in 1891 the first claim to be struck by a woman. You start with putting on a hard hat for a 1000 foot descent into the mine. In an elevator the size of a phone booth with 6+ people packed in it. Just in case you are claustrophobic it only lasts 2 minutes. You have to leave behind the backpacks and large purses. This is the only vertical shaft gold mine tour and you get to explore how they extracted the gold over the ages from dynamite to drilling. Highly informative tour with a free ore sample at the end. the tour last about an hour. Rates are $15-$25 tickets can be purchased at the gift shop prior to the tour. Underground temperatures are 50 degrees so Jackets are recommended.

And Automobiles                             

We rented a Suburban to transport all of us. If you are not used to driving a larger vehicle make sure you allow plenty of room for parking. We never did finalize a name for it. The beast got the most votes from The beast, behemoth, or Land Yacht. 

*All prices were current on 8-20-20 please check with the direct website for updated pricing.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Fiery Foods show 2020, Feb 28, 29,30th

It’s the 32nd annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ show. I like a little spice in my life, and here's the place to get it. if you go to the store and just get bored with the selection of Salsa or BBQ sauce come and try a few more. You can work your way through all the vendors taste testing until you find a few you really like.Then buy the ones you like for dinner tonight. There are other people there with items related to this industry. Because you know you want chile pepper earrings, local art, breaking bad candy, a t-shirt, and a few ghost peppers to feed to your friends. With over 150 exhibitors you will probably find something you like.
The show attracts everybody who enjoys flavor with some fire, you decide how much heat you can handle. Plenty of drinks on site to quench the burn.
The show will be at Sandia with parking available and restaurants if you are hungry before or after the show. Just in case you don’t know where it is here’s the address:
Sandia Resort and Casino,
30 Rainbow Rd, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Head to the Hotel/Grand ballroom and you will see the signs or the people.
Show hours for the general public are:
Friday, February 28, 2020                         4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020                    11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020                               10 am – 6 pm
General Admission tickets here.
Ticket prices are $10.50 for advance purchase.
$15.50 from February 24th, 2020 through the day of show.
Children ages 11-18 $5.00, only available at the door.
Children 10 and under are free.
Ticket Questions? Please call Sandia Box office directly at 505-796-7778

The show attracts up 20,000 people through the 3-day run so it may be a little crowded during peak hours. I have been attending the shows since they were at the convention center, so I have found Friday evening is usually a nice preview time, everybody is fully stocked. Saturday everybody is off work so more people, bigger party, but difficult to manage a stroller through the crowds. Sunday some vendors have sold out of their most popular products, but they still have samples and are taking orders (no heavy bags). Stock your cabinets with some tasty BBQ sauce, salsa, seasonings, and marinades. Spice up your life.  
For more information about the show please go to the official site.

Yes, I know there is no 30th this month but I stole this meme, so I will be revising my calendar.... 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Miss Teddi's 4th Annual MCP Trunk or Treat for CBD/THC patients

Who is it for: Medical Cannabis and CBD patients. Children of all ages.
What:  A Halloween Trunk or treat party
When: Thursday October 31st 2019. Halloween evening 6pm -9pm.
Where: 9901 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM
How: Admission is simply a donation of a non perishable food item per person.
*which kicks off a fall food drive to be donated back to Charity.

Why: I attended this event for the first time last year and found out the people hosting, participating, and attending the event are fun, chill and pleasant. Plus who doesn't love a fun Halloween party which includes a sandwich, a jump house, music provided by a DJ, a game station, decorated trunks with candy provided by vendors that work in the community. Come meet the people behind the products. This event is not created to sell you products. It's to give a safe friendly environment for the kids, and to give back to the community.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fall fun at the ZiaMaizing Maze in Albuquerque October 2019

Wanna have some fall fun and not spend too much money? 
Stay in Albuquerque and go the the ZiaMaizing Maze 


Who: Its great for Children, Adults, Seniors. Aliens too.  
What: 22nd Annual Maize Maze
When: Oct 11 - Nov 1 
Day Maze (10 am-6pm) Friday, Saturday, Sunday 
Night Maze (6pm-10pm)  Friday and Saturday
Where:at Los Poblanos Open Space in Albuquerque's North Valley
 1701 MontaƱo Road NW. 
Why: because you like pumpkins, hay rides, snacks, drinks, live music, giant games, fall, Halloween, oh yeah and corn mazes.
How: Drive, Bicycle, or broom  
you can purchase your Maze tickets in advance here Tickets online
or at the event, cash or card accepted
Day Maze 
Adults $10
Children (age 4 — 12)  : $7
Children age 3 & under : Free! 
Night Maze
Adults — $15
Children (must be accompanied by adult) : $12

Discounts available for Senior citizens, Military, and first responders 

*The Maize Maze is the largest fundraising event of the year at Rio Grande Community Farm and funds much of their non-profit urban farming efforts.

Special highlights

  • 3.8 mile, 8 acre corn maze cut in the shape of a zia 
  • partnering with the Zia Pueblo to educate the community about the unique heritage of the Zia symbol
  • Friday October 25th Cruise your bike or broom in to see the Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” presented by Go Wicked Kettle Corn and Bosque Brewing.  After the movie, stay for a dance party with Buddhafunk. You can ride in from the UNM Duck Pond with Critical Mass.  
  • Saturday October 26th 10am-10pm is the Maze-N-Music Festival with a Costume Contest, games, live music, a Beer Garden, Food Trucks and the Maize Maze
  • Sunday October 27th is the Vintage Truck & Tractor Festival go see some vintage trucks and tractors to reminisce or see what things were like before you were born. Live local bands, Local breweries, Food, and the maze.
  • Thursday October 31st Halloween will be a fun, family friendly event with pumpkin carving, a costume contest, and cider from The Craftroom.
  • Friday November 1st is a Dia de los Muertos themed dinner at the maze with live Music
If you would like more information about the Maize Maze please check out their page:  Rio Grande Farm Maize Maze 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

2019 NM State Fair Deals, September 5th -15th

If you love DOLLAR DAY its on Wednesday. 
$1 admission, $1 rides
Who? Kids of all ages
Wanna be a kid again? Lets go to the State Fair. 
What? Midway, food, art, performances, petting zoo, rodeo and so much more.
When? Hours 
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday
Where? Central and Louisiana if your driving, Gate 1 on Central offers to park for $10.00 and $20.00. Gate 8 on Louisiana offers $5 parking but fills quickly. Handicap parking is available if you have a handicap placard. Parking in the Fair West community on the west side of the fairgrounds is prohibited. 
Park & Ride will be Saturdays & Sundays only
Buses will pick up Fair patrons from the southwest lot of Coronado Mall located at San Pedro and Uptown. Buses will begin running at 10 a.m., last bus leaves the Fair at 10:00 p.m.
Park & Ride is FREE. Fairgoers are encouraged to purchase Fair admission online to avoid lines at the ticketing gate.
How? Admission 
Adults (age 12-64): $10
Seniors (age 65 and up): $7
Children (age 6-11) $7
Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE
Midway Hours: Monday-Friday Open at 2 pm, Saturdays & Sundays Open at 10 am
Ride wristbands price Monday - $25, Tuesday - $15, $1 Rides ($10 Minimum), 1st Thursday- $15, 2nd Thursday - $20, Friday-Sunday - $35
Graze days is a new way to save on the fair food that you love. Each Thursday of the fair you can eat a snack size portion for just $3! come early 11am - 4pm.  Don't you want to sample them all? I would love a cotton candy, fry bread, BBQ, pizza option.
make sure you visit each area too.
Main street with different themes each day start with the BAT mobile by APD, then lots of shiny cars. heres a list of all the themes
sample the 2019 New Mexico State Fair Beer
lots of special entertainment, over 10 different options link to NM state fair Spectaculars
I personally like Street Drum Corps (I saw them on Main street), Duck races, and the Sling Shot Thrill Ride that shoots you 240 feet in the air at speeds at almost 100 miles per hour, this ride may not be for everybody. if you need more information go here:  link to NM State Fair general info
See you at the fair