Growing up, a visit to Tinkertown was usually had once a year- often for a school field trip. It’s a fascinating little place, tucked away in the Sandia mountains, a converted home of a prolific and outspoken tinkerer. Every time you go, you find something new- when I was a kid, it was probably because Mr. Ward was still alive, adding bit by bit to his collection. Now that I am older, I find myself drawn less to the extravagent carved towns and circus and more to the captivating little items tucked away in nooks and crannies around the grounds.
If you are in the area and you haven’t been, you really should stop by- the drive is beautiful, the cost is nominal, and the place just brims with love and whimsy. Make sure you check out Mr. Ward’s Jeep, a beautiful testament to love and creativity, even in the most trying circumstances.