River Walk - My Family Travels

                                               The River Walk

Right off of Route 66 sits a park that is full of excitement called the River Walk.  People that live in town or visitors that are just passing through love going to the park.  The park has many good features such as a pretty good sized pond and gazebo, a beautiful water fall, a big playground, and friendly homeless people that like to explain their belief, which makes it my favorite place to visit.

The first thing I see when passing the park is the playground.  The playground has beautiful trees that surround and bring the park to life.  Two main kinds of tree that are around the playground are Aspen and Cottonwood trees.  The playground features professionally hand crafted metal art.  One piece of art is of a Bison which represents the power and strength of New Mexico and its people.  Another piece of art was a giant mural that shows different scenes of New Mexico, such as the Indians, gold diggers, miners, settlers, and Route 66.  There was also very welcoming homeless people that had really dirty clothes, but they are very nice. He tried to explain that why the mural was all about his culture.  The playground area is the best way I start my River Walk experience.

                The second place I visit at the River Walk is the pond and gazebo area.   At the pond children less than 12 years old can go fishing.  The pond contains many different varieties of fish such as gold fish, catfish, and other semi-big fish.  There are some big rocks that are placed by the pond so you can sit and fish and for decoration, which is better than standing and fishing.  The gazebo is a real nice addition they added for the River Walk and because it provides shade for people that want to have picnics or just to sit down and read a book.  It also allows skaters to practice and do their tricks on.  Being able to watch the skaters do tricks off of the gazebo is really entertaining and fun to watch for me.  Being able to go fishing, skating, and picnicking all in one arena really makes the River Walk such a great place to visit.

                The third place I visit is the waterfall area.  The water is a little untidy and mossy but it is an astonishing sight.  There is a Desert Storm Memorial that was donated by the Elks Lodge to honor our fallen soldiers in New Mexico.  The metal memorial is engulfed in solid clay looking stone like sandstones.  There is also a trail that leads under the Highway Route 66.  It is a remarkable experience to go through there.  You can hear the vehicles passing over you like if a jet was about to take off.  It is dark and a little chilly under there just like if you were going down into a cave or mine.  After I get out from under the road, I continue my journey walking beside the river on the other side of the road.

                The River Walk is such a miraculous place that I go to.  I can go fishing, skating, and sightseeing all in one area.  It allows me to eat comfortably and sit down in nice cool shade.  Also, it allows me to go walking at whatever time I like by a breathtaking river and provides different pieces of art and culture.  The River Walk will always be my favorite park to go to no matter where I live.


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