Friday evening we watched the cranes and geese fly out from their feeding grounds at Los Poblanos in the heart of Albuquerque down by the Rio Grande. The Cranes come from Alaska, Canada and Siberia to spend a milder winter here in the Southwestern desert. Open Space and fields of Sorghum and cut corn are quite inviting to these feasting birds.
Rush hour traffic was thick on Montaño with long lines and stop and go. There are few roads that cross the river to the West Mesa and this is a central one. The stress and uncertain travel times heavy traffic creates are quality of life issues. No one deserves to start their weekend in bad traffic. Let’s change it.
There is some development surrounding Los Poblanos such as these houses and accompanying power lines that make you realize the urban area is encroaching on the open space. But much of the development is done with good taste and seeks to blend in personal gratitude with the patchwork of land. One of the legacies we’ll leave is how we put together lifeways that coincide with and conserve the natural abundance inherited.