For the past week and a half, my wife Claudia and I have been moving into a brand new co-housing community not too far from the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. In addition to simplifying our lives by living with less space in a different type of community, I must admit that one of my motivations for moving to our new home was to be closer to the Rio Grande’s amazing network of acequias.
Acequias are small community-run irrigation ditches. The acequias in the Albuquerque area were updated several decades ago and are now managed by the Middle Rio Grande Conservation District. The Spanish brought acequias to New Mexico over 300 years ago and New Mexico is one of the few places in the country where you can find them.
As natural corridors, acequias are incredible places to wander. In fact, many of the posts in this blog mention them. Needless to say, we have been taking advantage of the cool morning temperatures to check out the acequias near our home.
Here are some pictures of what we have discovered so far.
Here’s our townhome within the community.
Our community garden is still a work-in-progress. We can get acequia water when it’s available.
One of our new neighbors has brought a flock of chickens to our community.
There is an abandoned acequia on the border of our community. The gate from the community opens on to a path that follows the old ditch.
After a brief walk, we’re now following an active acequia. Without the ditch and its water we would be walking through a barren desert.
Many of the trees along the acequia are huge.
This one’s so big it has a name.
Walking along the acequia gives you a chance to see all types of homes including this very large and very old adobe home.
We even passed several horse farms.
And a field with a melting adobe home.
There are many footbridges and smaller ditches branching off to the side that it could takes years before you walked them all.
In addition to providing a home for these ducks, the acequia is also home to coyotes and other animals.
Maybe Teddy will find the baby Moses floating in the bulrushes.
There are also plenty of decorations along the way.
Including this tin man hanging off a back porch.
In a residential area the acequia followed a bike path. Wherever the water flows, it carries a sense of tranquility.
As the acequia curved away, we followed this great walkway back towards our house. A walkway like would be a great addition to any neighborhood.
As we got closer to our home, we had these guys floating above us.
I hope these pictures demonstrate how great acequias are for wandering.