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Top 3 Reasons to Visit New Mexico Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Top 3 Reasons To Visit…

Boegley got a little bug-eyed over the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.  He had so much fun that we ended up being there for quite some time – after all, we had an all day pass, so we could take a break and go back if need be.  Sometimes that can come in rather handy when we’re pet sitting a sweet little dog that can’t just be left alone for hours and hours.


1. Tons of Educational Opportunities


We thoroughly enjoyed learning about earthquakes, climate change, carbon footprinting, dinosaurs, stars, and so much more.  With plates under our feet at The Quaking Earth Exhibit, we even had the chance to create our own earthquake and see how it registered.

Then, we moved to another interactive exhibit that helped Boegley decide which food items he should choose, so he could consider how much of a carbon footprint each menu item actually causes.

2. Planetarium

In a domed theatre, we got to watch a 30-45 minute video of the stars and cosmos.  This was Boegley’s favorite thing.  Of course, outside the theatre was a fabulous exhibit with large models of the planets and our solar system and even a replica of the Mars Rover.

planetsmars landing

3.  Evolator Time Machine

Rob’s favorite thing was the Evolator Time Machine.  It seemed like an elevator, but you go in and sit down.  Then a humorous video comes on to guide you through different periods of time -over a course of millions of years- in New Mexico.

It was entertaining and educational, but didn’t have the 3-D theme park ride feel.  That made Boegley happy.  He doesn’t like the movement of the 3-D rides.  So, this was much better for him.

Beyond our three favorite things, you’ll find a long list of interactive and fascinating things to do and see within the museum.  Plus, they have tons of camps, facility rentals, and even adult field trips. 

Just as we said earlier this week about Explora, with or without kids, homeschool/worldschool or regular school…we highly recommend checking out the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuqueruqe!

Curious how we’re getting to travel and do all kinds of amazing things while saving over $25K traveling?  Click here to find out.

Honoring you,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

Rob, Boegley, & Janelle – Magdalena, NM 2017









Photo credit: Pink Axolotl –

5 Favorite Things About Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our 5 Favorite Things…

Boegley was quite happy to give Explora a big thumbs up after our family adventure there earlier this week.  Located in near Old Town Albuquerque, this was a very fun and unique experience. 

And, though we got in via complimentary passes from Amy Carr, Publications and Marketing Manager, the admission is very affordable for a family!

There were so many amazing interactive exhibits that it was tough for us to choose just five favorite things, but we finally made our choices. 

Amy Carr

1. Engineering and Gravity

engineering and gravity

We could’ve stayed near the entrance for hours.  Watching the balls roll along the tracks, drop, bounce and even cause the bell to chime was a mesmerzing experience.  But, there was far more to see and do, so we moved on…eventually.

2. Moving Air

But, we didn’t get far before we found one of our next favorite things.  An interactive exhibit about moving air grabbed our attention.  Via a simulation we each got the chance to sit down and try our hand at getting a model plane off the ground!  I can honestly say it was exhilirating.  All three of us, put this as one of our very favorite experiences in Explora.

Does anyone need a pilot?  Well, perhaps we’d better get actual training first and dozens of hours in the air – LOL!


3.  Axolotl

The black one in the photo below is one of the amazing Axolotl’s at Explora.  The corner photo of the pink one gives you a better idea of just how cool they are though.

At Explora they have a male and a female black one.  They’re full-grown daughter is similar to the pink one.

Due to these “Mexican salamander’s” ability to regenerate more than any other known animal on the planet, scientists are very intrigued by them.  They’re exceptionally gentle and curious.  Yep, seeing these little beauties was my -Janelle’s- favorite thing 🙂 

4. Paradox Cafe

Need a little break after exploring for so long?  On the upper level, they have a very unique cafe with tables and chairs as well as booths.  While only some tables have computers, each one has a unique activity to keep guests entertained while sitting down for a bit to eat.


The Paradox Cafe will make you wonder about your perception!  You have to really challenge what you’re seeing to decipher what is true and what is not.  At the current time in our country, that’s a great way to help our kids see that what we think is the truth may not be the case.

5. Curious Bubbles

Making time for the bubble exhibit is a MUST!  As you can see below, Daddy/Rob, enjoyed the bubble section.  So much so, that he magically grew a bubble beard!

bubble beard

Yes, this was Rob’s favorite exhibit 🙂  The exploration of bubbles in this section was amazing.  Bubbles continually grew here and there.  Tubs of bubble solution with giant dippers brought tons of fun.  And, we’ve gotta mention the bubble sheet.  

There was so much to do at Explora.  It wasn’t just for kids either.  In fact, they even have a night every other month specifically for adults 18+.  They have a “A Night with the Animals”, “Fired Up”, “Inventive Art” and more.  

They have educational programs and camps.  There’s toddler time, a live theatre and so much more.  So with or without kids, homeschool/worldschool or regular school…we highly recommend checking out Explora in Albuqueruqe!

Curious how we’re getting to travel and do all kinds of amazing things while saving over $25K traveling?  Click here to find out.

Honoring you,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

Rob, Boegley, & Janelle – Magdalena, NM 2017









Photo credit: Pink Axolotl –

Our Journey – Part Two – When Family Turns Their Back

Today would’ve been Rob’s father’s birthday, but he unexpectedly transitioned from this life two years ago.  Rob took time this morning to do a special meditation on the beach at sunrise in honor of his father.

Our guides have come through more than once telling Rob that his dad is helping us from the spiritual dimensions, but that was not something we would’ve expected.

Six years ago, when we had to close our brick and mortar business, numerous members of Rob’s family turned from us.  His dad turned his back and there was next to no relationship with that side of the family for four years.  The why isn’t important now, but we all know that sometimes hard feelings, misundertandings, and/or lack of communication can bring about rifts between family as well as dear friends.  The truth can often look different to different people

In early spring 2014, we got a message from our guides telling us it was time to reconnect to Rob’s parents.  We weren’t sure why, but we reached out to his mom and made plans to see them again during our visit to our hometown later that spring.  We’re very grateful that we did.  It was a healing experience.

No one would’ve ever dreamed that Charlie would leave this world a couple of months later.  So, today on his birthday and on a day that has a huge impact on so many people in the USA, as it’s 9/11, Rob decided to spend some quiet time on the beach focusing on his father.

Happy Birthday Charlie!  And, lots of love to Rob’s mom, Jenny!


We’ll continue to share parts of our journey with you – not only going forward, but also how we got to where are now – the tough stuff and the amazing stuff.  

On top of that, we’re going to be sharing more and more about our spirit guides with you.  If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be living the life of our dreams.

Life is an adventure – live it with no more boundaries,

Janelle (and Rob + Boegley)

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