we just got back from our spring break trip to New Mexico. and it was more unbelievable than i expected. truth be told, i knew it would be nice, but i didn’t expect THAT. basically, i knew as much about NM as was shown in breaking bad– and the scenery didn’t really steal the show.
i’d always wanted to go to Albuquerque because it’s a fun word. i say it a lot in made up scenarios. now i’m glad to say i went there. AND i can spell it!
the day we booked the trip, we told jovie about it and she immediately got on her chromebook and helped us plan. it was a pretty wow moment to see our 10 year old research & have ideas about what to do/see. (there’s SO much to see in NM we had to narrow it down and vote on the final city!)
so we spent almost a week of listening to me say “wow!”
Day 1- travel day; got into town for a late-ish lunch. we killed some time in the adjoining store until it was time to check into Casas de Suenos. while we were in the store, we heard the workers and were tracking that auburn elite 8 game (wow). this day was a little rainy & a little cold. jovie & i holed up in our room and watched the duke game (wow)
The Mr. went to a grocery store & brought back soup & snacks for supper while we oddly were able to catch the braves game!
a steady rain falling on a rooftop lulled us to sleep even though it was early.
Day 2- ABQ
thanks to EST, we all woke up super early. luckily we were able to doze until breakfast was served starting at 7. a lovely fire greeted us while we ate a delicious breakfast. afterwards we headed to Petroglyph National Monument. we took some lovely trails to see rock drawings from 1,000+ years ago on rocks which were made from geological events that occurred 200,000 years ago. (WOW) it was a little hazy when we got to the top to see the distant mountains, but it was all so lovely & peaceful!
afterwards we had lunch & went to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. that was fascinatingly sad. then we meandered around Old Town for a bit. after a nice coffee break, The Mr. went out for a run while jovie & i read & pretended around the grounds of the B&B. [you can determine who did what]. The Mr. came back and was excited to tell us about the path he took which ended up on a lovely bridge over the Rio Grande & the fact that the haze had lifted so mountains were in view. so of course, we went to see this before heading to dinner. WOW!
we were surprised that yet again we were able to watch the braves before heading to bed.
those 6 little volcanoes erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago to give us this valley of basalt rocks to explore! wow!
what a beautiful day & peaceful area!
Day 3– Santa Fe
after another great breakfast, we headed up to santa fe via the Turquoise Trail. that is a lovely drive which put us on the Musical Highway- a mile stretch of Route 66 that plays America the Beautiful if you follow the speed limit. that was very WOW. we did it twice. it was the thing jovie said she was looking forward to before the trip.
we also made a stop at Tinkertown Museum which was fascinatingly cute and bit wow with all of the talent.
after stopping at a whole foods for lunch- jovie was enthralled that it was “a little like a grocery store and a restaurant” i was enthralled that it had a bar and a masseuse!- we walked around the downtown area for a little while before heading to the hotel. while i took a nap, The Mr. took his daughter to the heated pool while he sat by the fire because it was freezing! (wow!) she did not care! i went down and enjoyed the time by the fire, too.
then we got take out for supper. jovie was overjoyed because we left her while The Mr. & i strolled downtown again.
Day 4– near Santa Fe
finally getting used to the time zone, we woke up “late” & ate a delicious breakfast at Tia Sophia’s. Glad we got an early start because we went straight to Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. getting there was gorgeous and being there was amazing! WOW for sure!
this is another fascinating area that was developed by volcanic activity 6-7 million years ago. what is left is pumice & ash which formed into hoodoos. that’s a lot of weird words to say “beautiful!”
and right when we left, we saw the sky darken over it. so we really lucked out in the weather department!
had another lunch at whole foods and then headed to the most bizarre and sensory-overloaded place called meow wolf. it defies logic & explanation. we were hoping it would be like city museum but with a backstory. but it was a bit much for jovie, so The Mr. drove us back to the hotel and then explored it on his own. bizarro.
Day 5– Taos
we took “the high road” to Taos. yet another gorgeous scenic drive. (wow) we stopped & hiked up to eat our lunch at a waterfall. (wow!) and jovie was pretty brave. we even found some snow and pulled over on the mountain for jovie to play for a few minutes. (wow!)
taos is what we voted on when deciding what else to do in NM. this was a quaint town & we enjoyed our stay at Old Taos Guesthouse. it was lovely.
The Mr. went and picked up dinner & dessert & we enjoyed a lovely evening.
Day 6– Taos
we came to Taos solely for the bridge i had seen once on pinterest.
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. WOW WOW WOW. it did not disappoint. at all!
jovie was a little nervous about it and decided not to cross it, so The Mr. & i took turns. once i got there, i realized she made the right call. the slats of the railings let you watch the world walk by as you are crossing it, and it made me a little dizzy. plus it was fairly windy. i was so scared even taking pictures that i would lose my phone.
it was a gorgeous day. we even got to see some mountain goats (?? or something?) down below.
after leftovers for lunch, we headed to the Taos Pueblo. it was amazing to see the longest continuously inhabited pueblo. 1,000+ years old. wow. fascinating. lovely setting.
then back to town for some ice cream and just a lazy afternoon for our last day.
this church is from the 1800s
one of those buildings is 1,000 years old. & there was more to this village than this picture.
Day 7- sadness
after breakfast we had to leave fairly immediately to get to the aiport back in Albuquerque (so fun!) so we didn’t have time to meander down the “high road” but c’mon. is the “low road” so horrible???