It's official, spring starts today. Even if the weather suggests otherwise, I'm gonna hold on to the fact that today marks the shift from cold, wintery days to warmer, brighter days ahead.
So to commemorate this occasion, I thought I'd give you guys a heads up on what to expect in the coming weeks and months. These are the signs that spring has sprung in Albuquerque...
Parks will be packed. Between dogs chasing frisbees, kids chasing each other, and LARP-loving folks fighting one another, Albuquerque's parks will be teeming with people burning off some energy and having fun in the sun. I had my own preview of the park scene last night at Hyder Park. It was my first time visiting Hyder but if last night was any indication of the kind of fun I can expect in the coming months, then I am stoked about spring and summer. Sage Harrington was playing her ukulele, The Supper Truck was serving up their Chicken and Waffles, and if the weather was just the tiniest bit warmer, it would've been a perfect evening. It was a tantalizing preview of what's to come.
People will take to the trails. Walkers, joggers, bicyclists and even riders on horseback will soon take to Albuquerque's trails. I'd say we're pretty lucky to have a pretty good trail system. I enjoy taking walks along the Rio Grande and if I owned a bicycle, I could see myself riding clear across town along the Paseo del Bosque trail.
The Bosque Fire Watch begins. It's sad but inevitable. Considering how dry it's been, I wouldn't be surprised if we have to deal with fire troubles again. Enjoy our beautiful bosque but be safe out there, folks. People's homes, businesses, and lives are at stake.
Parties on the patio. Whether it's a brewery or restaurant, patios will be the place to be as the evenings get warmer. My personal favorites are Marble Brewery and Kellys Brew Pub, but I need to try out places like The Grove and Bailey's on the Beach.
More markets in more places. Farmer's and Grower's Markets will soon resume their spring/summer schedules. Some markets are on a sporadic winter schedule right now, but soon they'll start up with more frequent dates. I plan to do a lot more cooking at home based on the produce I find at the markets in town.
Shirtless Don Schrader sightings will increase. As the temperatures rise, Don Schrader's wardrobe will inevitably diminish to nothing more than some sparse denim short shorts. Please, shield the eyes of your children and don't stare.
Food truck lines will start getting longer. It's been a rough winter for the burgeoning food truck scene with pipes cracking and lows temps and high winds keeping customers away. But the trucks have emerged from the harsh cold stronger and ready for the warmer months ahead. You might find yourself clamoring for some curbside cuisine among a crowd, but it's worth it. Look for them in parks, breweries, and special events all spring and summer long.
Q: What other signals of spring do you look for in Albuquerque?