Herbfest by the Bosque
One of the things I love best about New Mexico is going down to the bosque. I feel very New Mexican and fit right in the more I say the word, “bosque!” The bosque is the enviroment on the banks and in the immediate vicinity of a river. Bosque is pronounced like this. The word itself, in Spanish, means “woods” or “forest.”
The Rio Grande runs through our state on its way to the Gulf and there is plenty of bosque area to explore. We recently visited the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park where they were featuring an Herbfest!
There were vendors, potted herbs for sale, and musical performances. There were trails both along the Rio Grande and through other parts of the bosque which were mostly well-marked but we found it very easy to get off the trail onto some other path and no doubt you could walk around on those paths for hours on end. And that was okay with us for a little while!
I saw a sign near a vendor’s table that said “Solar Ovens” so of course I had to check that out right away.
When I saw there was going to be an Herbfest at the Nature Center, I was hoping that my favorite herbal salve people would be there, Sweetwater Herbals, from Jemez Pueblo. Jemez Pueblo is about an hour north of Albuquerque in the middle of the Santa Fe National Forest and has legendary hot springs baths. I’ll be sure to show you when I go there.
Sweetwater was at the Herbfest and they had “Relax” salve that I was looking for. Great for tense muscles and even helps relieves muscle cramping. It also has a wonderful aroma! I appreciate that it is local to my area.
I think a place starts feeling like home when you are out and about and actually run into people you know. We’ve only been in New Mexico about 3 1/2 years and we are getting to know folks. Ran into artist and friend Michele Hardy at the Nature Center!
The Rio Grande Nature Center is also the home of Wildlife Rescue Inc. where orphaned or injured wildlife is reared or restored to health and then returned to the wild. The volunteer staff take care of about 2,000 wild birds and mammals every year.
It was a lovely New Mexican day!