Day trip: Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park is located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. Joyland Amusement Park • Location: Located in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock, Texas. From I-27, take exit number 4. Enter Mackenzie Park from the North bound access road. • What […]

Day trip: Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Courtesy photo Monastery of Christ in the Desert is located about 135 miles from the closest major airport in Albuquerque, 75 miles north of Santa Fe, and about 53 miles south of Chama, via U.S. Route 84. Monastery of Christ in the Desert • Location: About 135 miles from the closest major airport in Albuquerque, […]

Day trip: Spring River Zoo

Courtesy photo Spring River Zoo is located at 1306 E. College Blvd. in Roswell. Gabriel Monte Spring River Zoo • Location: 1306 E. College Blvd, Roswell • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Native plants and animals and several unique attractions. Thirty-four acres of parkland with five main zoo areas located on the […]

Not all indigenous customs honorable

Curtis K. Shelburne The last thing I wanted to do on a recent trip to San Antonio was to have to think much. Thinking is work and I do it poorly. I just wanted to relax. But my wife and I took a tour to a couple of the vintage San Antonio missions, and—here’s the […]

Day trip: Red River Ski Area

Courtesy photo Red River Ski Area offers 290 acres of area for alpine skiing and snowboarding. Red River Ski Area • Directions: From Albuquerque- Take I-25 through Santa Fe towards Taos (if you’re not planning on seeing Santa Fe you can take the Santa Fe Relief Route-NM 599). Take Highway 285/68 through Espanola and the […]

Day trip: Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway

Courtesy photo Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway is located near Albuquerque. Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway • Location: From Albuquerque, I-40 East to the Cedar Crest Exit 175, North on N.M. Hwy. 14 to the Crest Scenic Byway 536, then 6 miles to ski area. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Winter […]

Day trip: White Sands National Monument

Courtesy photo White Sands National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. White Sands National Monument • Location: The visitor center is located on U.S. Highway 70, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. Travelers from Carlsbad Caverns […]

Day trip: Tinkertown museum

Tinkertown is located at 121 Sandia Crest Road, Sandia Park, N.M. 87047 Courtesy photo: Tinkertown Tinkertown museum • Location: 121 Sandia Crest Road, Sandia Park, N.M. 87047 • What activities can you enjoy at this location? The museum includes old-fashioned arcade machines, a collection of unusual toys and other items, hand-carved animated miniature exhibits featuring […]

Day trip: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Courtesy photo Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument • Location: Located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe and 55 miles northeast of Albuquerque. From Albuquerque: Take the exit for Santo Domingo/Cochiti Lake Recreation Area (Exit 259) off I-25 onto NM 22. Follow the signs on NM 22 to Cochiti Pueblo and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. […]

Day trip: Science Spectrum Museum and OMNI Theater

Gabriel Monte Science Spectrum Museum and OMNI Theater • Location: 2579 S. Loop 289, Lubbock, Texas, 79423 • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The Science Spectrum offers 250 hands-on exhibits that show science applied to life. Exhibits include Flight, which shows the science of flight; the Science of Sports, which shows how […]

Day trip: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Gabriel Monte Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum • Location: 2503 4th Avenue Canyon, Texas • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The museum offers exhibits featuring the historic and cultural heritage of the panhandle. Exhibits include displays featuring the petroleum industry that flourished in the 1920s, the pioneer town with a collection of everyday items […]

Veteran sets out to find family

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell “Finding Billy” is the novel which documents Diana Thompson Dale’s search for her uncle and the uncovering of his remains. Alisa Boswell While on a trip across the world, Clovis resident John Wangler went to find his second cousin’s World War II grave and found out he wasn’t the only […]

Day trip: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Courtesy photo Gabriel Monte Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum • Location: 9201 Balloon Museum Drive Northeast, Albuquerque. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum presents the development of ballooning through historic, scientific and artistic objects reflecting worldwide achievements in this field. The museum offers interactive and hands-on […]

Day trip: New Mexico Museum of Space History

• Place: New Mexico Museum of Space History • Location: Highway 2001 in Alamogordo. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about the history and science of space exploration. Exhibits include the ViewSpace Theatre, which is an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA’s Hubble Space […]

Day trip: Ranch offers riding lessons

Place: Abrazos Adventure Location: 5 miles west of Portales. Call for detailed directions. What activities can you enjoy at this location: Horseback riding and lessons. What ages is this place best suited for?: All ages Admission prices?: Call for rates. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. Special events coming […]

Music tastes open after trip

Clyde Davis Though it’s never easy to see the summer come to its ceremonial end, Labor Day and the surrounding timespan, it does go down easier with good music to carry one into September. For us, that has happened in excess, over the past week or two. Last Sunday, we were up in Albuquerque, participating […]

Day trip: Historic home tour offered

Place: The Harrington House Location: 1600 S. Polk Street, Amarillo. What is it? The historic landmark was home to philanthropists Don and Sybil Harrington. The Harrington’s home was donated as a tourist attraction in 1977. What can people see here? Visitors get a tour of the 15,000 square foot home, which includes 20 rooms, eight […]

Airmen return from dental mission to Africa

Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and St. Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Day trip: Celebration features Buffalo Soldier re-enactment

Courtesy photo: Lu Ann Aday Texas Buffalo Soldiers at Texas Buffalo Soldiers Encampment at Cochran County Park, Morton, Texas. What: Texas’ “Last Frontier Heritage Celebration.” What’s it about? Morton, Texas, will host its seventh annual encampment of the Texas Buffalo Soldiers Living History Program at Cochran County Park in connection with Texas’ “Last Frontier Heritage […]

Day trip: Dinosaur bones on display at museum

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank A large bronze of a Triceratops head offers children and adults a chance to see how big the dinosaur was at Mesalands Community College’s dinosaur museum. Place: Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum. Location: It is 78.2 miles from Cannon Air Force Base and takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes […]