On this self-challenge to prove to myself that New Mexico is actually an exciting place, I find myself not only discovering places that are new to me, but also re-discovering places that I had once visited long ago.
On Sunday afternoon (because Sunday's are for adventuring too), I took a little drive down Alameda Boulevard to Shady Lakes with my mom and little sis. Shady lakes is a family-owned business for fishing, pond supplies, and water plants. Driving onto the property, you can't help but feel a little giddy because you don't know what awaits you at the end of the path. The entrance onto the property is a very narrow, dirt road covered by trees and greenery that then leads you into this perfect little paradise. You get to leave the feeling of a busy city of Albuquerque without actually leaving Albuquerque.
One glance at the large ponds full of glistening water lilies will make you want to pull up a chair and sit there all day to just admire the beauty of this land. The area is covered with families gathered enjoying each others company, children learning how to fish, and mini grilling parties; you forget that it is also an outdoor store for pond supplies and fish! It's such a daydreamy, easy like Sunday afternoon kind of place.
So if you find yourself needing to get away for a little bit, then just drive on over to Shady Lakes. I guarantee, it won't disappoint.