It’s different here in Albuquerque. People ride bikes to work. People run the trails before the sun is even up. People hold daily boot camps in any of the several developed and undeveloped parks found around town. It’s like I’m on a different planet.

I walked up to a local park yesterday, expecting to find little more than a small playground and some benches for parents to sit while their kids play. I was pleasantly surprised, however, when I was greeted by not only a playground and benches, but a small basketball court, parallel bars, rings, and a pull-up station. And not to mention lots of green, green grass surrounded by a short paved trail.

Parallel bars, rings, and a pull-up station at one of the smallest parks in the city and within walking distance of my apartment…New Mexico clearly is the land of enchantment.