We in New Mexico are in Phase 1 of our Reopening. It’s hard to keep up with the details, but it includes wearing masks in public, non-essential retail stores are open with restrictions – social distancing, masks, sanitizing, etc., and outdoor public spaces are open. So in addition to the expedition to Trader Joe’s I mentioned in an earlier post, I have now ventured carefully to the garden center and the doctor’s office. I’m feeling very toddlerish. The most exciting reopening adventure to date, however, has been our trip to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden yesterday with daughter Rachel and the grandkids. It’s Members Week there prior to their opening to the public at large, and they have set up an extremely well marked walk through the gardens with timed-ticketing to maximize social distancing. It was a beautiful day and was beyond thrilling to be out in this beautiful spot after a long winter and a longer-seeming period of isolation.

A Walk in the BioPark

The Aaker masked band: Colin, Frances, Rachel, and Lucy. (Picture me behind the camera.)
So many shapes, colors, lights, and shadows. Frankie, Lucy, Colin, Rachel
Clear instructions for social distancing.
Pretty girls: Frances…
…and Lucinda
Trestles, but no trains yet
The water lillies are very happy
A thorny poppy at the Heritage Farm
Can’t visit the conservatory just yet, but it seems to be doing well.
Colin loves the waterfall – and climbing on rocks