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u/jeffdrafttech · 16 pointsr/Albuquerque

Because this is rising and will be seen a bit, I’ll add more info so you can see this with your own eyes. It is much more beautiful in real life (this is a crappy cell phone image). It’s really sad how few people use this trail.

Parking for the trail is here: Elena Gallegos Open Space
7100 Tramway Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87122 . It is open until 9PM and they charge $2 to park (or $30 for a year if you use it a lot, like I do). It is almost never crowded, even on weekends and most of the few cars in the lots are bicyclists using nearby trails. There is no cycling or bicycles on the Pino Trail itself outside of the EG recreation area, which is nice.

This is a great trail for beginners to use to grow stronger. Just bring plenty of water and take breaks when needed. I’m 70 lb overweight and was able to reach the crest after walking the trail a couple times per week for a couple months to build my strength and endurance. It takes me about 1.5 hours to reach the spot where the photo was taken, but a thin young fit person could likely reach it in an hour. If I were to walk to the photo location and back down, I would carry at least 1/2 gallon of water, but if you’re more fit and faster you can likely carry less. I’ve seen very-fit trail runners this far and even higher not carry any water, but that is nuts.

The views in every direction are spectacular on every inch of the trail, beginning the moment you step out of the car. The city, the mountains, the foothills, all of it is breathtaking and it changes constantly as you climb higher on the trail. Even the trees and flowers and other vegetation change frequently.

From the car, you walk about 0.75mi in desert area and there are quite a few cyclists depending on the trail you park near, but everyone is polite and shares the space well. After you reach the east edge of the EG area 0.75mi from the car, cycling is forbidden. All the trails in the EG parking area lead to the Pino Trail Cibola national forest area if you just keep going east (toward the mountain). There are lots of signs. In this area, and for the next 0.75 mi into the national forest area you are pretty exposed to the sun (few opportunities for shade). Don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellant and wear a hat. After you are about 1.5 miles from the car there are many more trees, you will be in shade about half the time for the next couple miles. This hike isn’t too bad even when it is very hot as long as you bring plenty of water and rest when you feel tired. When I started, I had to rest every 0.2 miles or so, but it doesn’t take long to get strong if you go often. I can go at a slow walking pace for a couple miles after some practice. No matter how far you go, the views never disappoint, and the next time you return you are a little bit stronger and go a little farther. Before long, you find yourself staring through oak bushes onto the plains east of the Sandias (the top of the trail at the crest is just under five miles from the parking area).

I’m pretty new in town and I have been learning about local outdoor hikes from this book: “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque.” I know there are many more than 60 great hikes just in the city limits, but this book does a great job rating trails for difficulty and contains plenty of detail and maps and the author is obviously in love with hiking in the city. His enthusiasm is contagious. I keep a copy of that book on my phone ($10 for Kindle edition). I tried using a few apps to find trail info, but the reviews and ratings in this real book are better. I like the gps maps in the apps, but I like the “60 Hikes” book better as a guide.

u/funbob · 24 pointsr/Albuquerque

I'm going to approach this from a personal safety perspective. I'm unsure if you are looking for personal safety tips or a more grand view of what can be done as a community to improve safety. But I strongly believe everyone needs to take a personal responsibility for their own safety.

  • Buy a gun. Learn how to use and become proficient with it. New Mexico is a shall issue state for concealed carry permits, just need to take the training class and pass the background check. If you don't like or are uncomfortable with the prospect of carrying a gun, I would still at least recommend a shotgun for the home.
  • Walk with a sense of purpose and maintain an awareness of your surroundings at all times. That means face not buried in a phone screen, headphones on, etc. Keep your head on a swivel, constantly be taking in your surroundings, learn how to discreetly assess other people in your vicinity. Always have a plan for escape, evasion, or defense.
  • Never find yourself stuck fiddling for your keys in a parking lot or outside your home. Always have your keys or key fob ready and minimize the time you're standing outside your car or house in a potentially vulnerable situation.
  • Install a tracking device in your car. If it is stolen, recovery becomes easier. Available from your mobile carrier for a nominal monthly fee.
  • Doors locked and windows rolled up at all times in your car.
  • Never leave the car running or warming up unattended. I hope EVERYONE in Albuquerque knows this by now.
  • Front and rear dash cams in your car. Albuquerque drivers are awful and this is very cheap insurance in the event of an incident.
  • Drive a manual transmission car if you are able to. It's a dying skill and a hilarious number of car thieves and carjackers have been thwarted by the elusive manual transmission.
  • Park your car in the garage if you have one. Garage full of crap? Rent a dumpster or get a friend with a pickup truck and get to cleaning. Cars last longer and look nicer when garage kept and it's sooo nice to get into a car that hasn't been sitting and baking in the summer sun or freezing in the dead of winter.
  • In that same vein, enter and exit your home from the garage if you have one. It's a great buffered entry and exit system. Be in your car before you open the garage, and close the garage after you pull in and before you get out of your car. You are never leaving yourself exposed outside this way. I NEVER enter or exit my house through the front door. The only time my front door is ever open is for delivery people.
  • When stopped in traffic, leave yourself an escape route. Select good lanes for escape and leave enough room from the car in front of you to be able to drive your way out of trouble if needed. Carjackings are unfortunately becoming a more and more common thing in Albuquerque, don't leave yourself vulnerable to someone approaching by foot on the street or trying to box you in with another vehicle.
  • Keep the interior of your car clean. No belongings in sight, no change in the cupholders, phone chargers, electronics, nothing at all that could possibly entice someone cruising a parking lot and looking into car windows. Anyone peering into your car should see... nothing. If you drive an SUV or hatchback with an open cargo area, invest in a cargo cover and use it.
  • Doors and windows closed and locked at all times in your home. If you need to keep windows cracked for a swamp cooler or whatever, install some sort of stopper to prevent the window from being opened all the way.
  • Keep all shades and blinds closed, especially at night. You can see inside of a house from a very long distance away at night. No sense in showcasing your stuff and people do cruise through neighborhoods at night, making notes and looking for easy scores. Deny them that ability.
  • Get a dog, or two. Train them to bark at people knocking on the door, then to go to their crates or sit calmly with a command if it's someone you're expecting. And besides, dogs are awesome.
  • Put a no soliciting sign on your door. Surprisingly effective at getting rid of a lot of the door to door riff raff, a large portion of whom are really just people trying to case houses. It's low hanging fruit, but actually works fairly well.
  • If you have a two story home or otherwise live on an upper floor, have an escape ladder. In the event of a home invasion or something more mundane like a fire, it can be the difference between life and death.
  • Install a monitored, well signed alarm system and cameras. Don't be that guy on the street whose house is not protected by and showing signage for an alarm system. Guess whose house is going to be first to be broken into? The goal here is to not make your house impossible to break into, just to make it harder than the other guys house.
  • Maintain the illusion of someone being home even when you're not. That means leave some lights on, leave some music playing, or get one of those nifty TV simulators.
  • Check your home exterior lighting. Make sure it all works. Install the brightest lights that won't piss off your neighbors and leave them on 24/7.
  • Don't leave anything of value in your backyard or any implements that could facilitate entry into your house. No power tools, garden implements, toys, ladders, anything. Leave nothing in your backyard that could even remotely entice someone to hop over the fence or wall and help themselves. That stuff belongs stored in the garage or securely locked in a shed.
  • Trash bins secured where people can't get to them. Shred important documents or anything with personally identifying info before throwing it away.
  • Take the time to get to know your neighbors a bit. If your neighborhood is active on Nextdoor or has a Facebook group, join it. A neighborhood where the neighbors talk to and look out for each other is a safe neighborhood.
  • Speaking of social media, don't telegraph your actions, locations, or the fact you're going to be away on vacation for a week. In this social media addicted world, this is easier said than done, but think before you post something that could be potentially compromising from a safety or security perspective. Turn off location embedding on your smartphone's camera.

    Remember, it's not the job of the police to prevent crime, it's their job to respond to crime. When seconds count and your life is potentially on the line, the police are minutes away. It's up to you to be proactive about your safety and have the means and ability to defend yourself.
u/gribble_me_timbers · 98 pointsr/Albuquerque

They aren't exactly for erosion control, flood protection, advancing amphibious armies or catching debris - but tangentially they kind of are. The main goal of the jetty jack project was river channelization and bank protection.

The Rio Grande comes out of the mountains north of here and spreads out into the relatively flat area of Albuquerque as it finds its way down to Las Cruces. This loss of gradient means that the river loses velocity/energy and drops its sediment. With its sediment load kind of in its own way, the river continuously has to meander widely back and forth across the valley to move south.

In the early days of settlement, the valley was swampy because of this meandering pattern of the river. The floods would come through and if your fields were in the path of the new floodplain, well, you were flooded. And if you were on the banks and the river happened to scour out your fields, well that just sucks.

So to address some of these issues (in addition with projects by the MRGCD and other flood control agencies), the 'Kellner Jack' system was put in place to tack the river down. Tacking the river down is key here -- they wanted to reign in the river and get it to conform to a more predictable pattern. These jacks were installed by the hundreds of thousands at key locations to slow the water enough so that it would drop sediment and bury the jack field, bringing the banks closer together. With this, there was no more meandering and the river would run a relatively straight shot through the middle valley, protecting lands on the banks for agriculture, and improving the routing efficiency of floods.

These were massively effective at channelization and I *think the reason we have a bosque there today, although there has been a slough of unintended consequences. Kathy Grassel wrote a really good paper on them (linked below) that goes into more detail on the history and possibility of removal and restoration activities. Also is the book, Reining in the Rio Grande, another good source of info on the broader topic of the Rio

Kathy Grassel's paper

Reigning in the Rio Grande

u/oldpeopl · 2 pointsr/Albuquerque

You'll laugh and I am FULLY AWARE this is not professional, but on the off chance you just meant really sharp knives this has been almost irreplaceable for me for the last few years Work Sharp WSKTS-KO Knife and Tool Sharpener Ken Onion Edition can do teeny knives all the way up to shovels! Really great buy in my opinion.

u/CogitoNM · 1 pointr/Albuquerque

Well. It first takes a bit of knowledge about history and such. A good understanding of what the Spanish were doing can help more than a lot of treasure monumentation knowledge.

That being said, I would initially recommend any book by Charles Kenworthy. Apparently he spent oodles of money to get documents from VeraCruz and from Cordoba (seats of Spanish power during the time in question)... or was it Mexico City. --- From somewhere.

Turtles lead to Treasure isn't bad either.

Really it takes a lot of time spent walking the trails, and a keen eye for what probably isn't natural. There is a great example of a 'prop-rock' face profile monument (where it looks is where the trail goes) driving West on I-40 into ABQ from Tijeras. It's one of the last nice rock outcrops before the hills fade into 4hills and such. It's on the South side, looking North.

That's just one of the monuments that go from Tijeras all the way to Placitas. I know of at least 8 for that trail alone, and these trails / markers are all over the state.

There is a great pointer in the Taos canyon showing which way to go to get out of the canyon on the road to Taos too.

EDIT: Don't forget to respect the situation. Deaths by stupidity and from Death Traps have happened to many in the past, when they didn't show respect or due concern for what they were doing. The Spanish didn't want people to find their shit.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Albuquerque

Don't go to bartending school. They are an absolute rip off. I'm looking to start bartending as well. If you'd like someone to practice making drinks with, I'm down.

If you're looking to start in craft cocktails, try getting work as a barback. At least that's what I hear. I haven't found a job, but I am only passively looking. You can get a package of cheap, basic gear like a boston and spoon (because you stir more cocktails than you'd think) at total wine for like $30.

Here are my resources:

Other various Youtube channels like Art of Cocktail.


The Bar Book

The Essential Cocktail

MUST HAVE The Savoy Cocktail Book

Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide

Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide

u/itsmekai · 1 pointr/Albuquerque

Disk lock is pretty hard to beat for the price. Downside is thieves will just lift bikes into trucks, especially if they're in the open. Only takes a couple guys to lift a bike.

I'd also recommend chaining it to something stationary, if possible, using something like this.

u/reddit455 · 2 pointsr/Albuquerque

look around for pre-paid SIMs (may need to unlock phone with home carrier)

in the US we can get them for Europe


>Orange Holiday Europe - 3GB Internet Data in 4G/LTE (8GB for SIMs Activated Before August 22nd) + 30mn + 200 Texts from 30 Countries in Europe to Any Country Worldwide


you can check the US Carriers pre-paid options.


if you don't really care about the phone itself, you can just get "burner"

(refurb?) phone with minutes and data.

u/Illipid · 1 pointr/Albuquerque

I use this

Followed by some stropping on my belt. Wickedly sharp.

Otherwise, Precison Sharpening FTW.

u/defrauding_jeans · 3 pointsr/Albuquerque

And and! The city/destination streets in the Heights (Cairo, Brussels etc) were named by a couple who traveled the world and named them after places they'd been. ETA here's the book on it

u/cyancynic · 1 pointr/Albuquerque

>we've been focusing on the reaction a Christian man had to the news that yoga was being taught in public schools

A reaction of fear and close mindedness. His reaction is remarkably un-christian. If Jesus were to pop back in he'd pretty much say "you're doing it wrong" to this. Jesus preached enlightenment, love, and understanding, not fear, ignorance and isolationism.

There is zero incompatibility between yoga and christianity. Zero. I have this on authority of learned clergy BTW. Also, full disclosure - I've read the bible and as a result have fully rejected Jesus Christ as my own personal savior.

We went through this same BS recently here - in the yoga capital. The style of yoga I most enjoy is ashtanga - popularized as "Power Yoga". Introduced by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, spreading the practice has become something of a family business and a foundation has been formed. The foundation donated over half a million dollars for a pilot yoga program in the PE department in Encinitas public schools. One close minded set of parents sued to get it removed - about as sensible a move in Encinitas as suing to get bacon on the menu at a synagog - people here like yoga. If you don't like yoga, you should live somewhere else.

Regardless, the Encinitas program was permitted to continue. It is a popular program and teachers believe the participants show greater mental focus. The Jois family is good people and they give talks from time to time. A recent one stated "We should get connected to whichever god or belief we like. It can be a belief in something without shape. We have created all of these shapes, but there is no one shape for any god."

What terribly dangerous thinking. /s

I have no patience or sympathy for people who desire ignorance.