Old Town

The SCENIC Tour seems to be focusing on Old Towns and trains.  This week we are staying at Hotel Albuquerque which is right next to Old Town.  I love these places.  They always offer something unique in the way of architecture and this one is no exception.  As we wandered down the little streets in Old Town yesterday we saw so many beautiful corners.

San Felipe de Neri Church is right on the plaza in Old Town.

Now, for those with Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), be forewarned that snake pictures will follow.  We visited the Rattlesnake Museum which is right in Old Town.  It's a very small museum, but interesting none-the-less.

The very first rattlesnake we saw was in the process of shedding.  We've never seen that before, so it was really cool to watch.  In the second photo you can see the difference in the new scales and the opaque scales that are shedding.  This is a Mohave Rattlesnake, but it has an unusual coloring.  Notice the first part of the snake has a lengthwise stripe, but the back half has the common diamond pattern.


This is a Mottled Rock Rattlesnake.   It blends in so well with the gravel.

There are a few other reptiles at the museum including this desert tortoise and friends who were in an exhibit outside.  No need to pay the museum fee to see these.

Today we are off to the Albuquerque Biological Park which has a zoo, aquarium and train.  It should be a fun day!