March 30 – April 9
We love Santa Fe! Mainly, because we had the best tour guides. Our friend Todd’s parents live there and they really set us up for success. We soaked up city life for a full week. We saw an acoustic set Todd’s dad, Fred, played within hours of arriving in town. Todd’s mom, Debbie, highly recommended the Farmers Market, so the following morning we went and it did not disapoint. There was live music, flamenco dancers, a fellow roasting peppers on a big rotating drum. Santa Fe has lots of hikes right around town, so after we ate plenty of breakfast pastries from the farmers market, we headed for a trail.
The following day, Easter Sunday, was the last day of the ski season. The ski mountain was only 45 minutes from where we were staying. We left downtown Santa Fe in full spring-mode…flowers everywhere, 65 degrees. We couldn’t believe after the short drive up the mountain, we were on a ski lift. We joined Debbie and Fred mid-mountain at Totemoff’s for a beer. We’d never been around for a final day of ski season, but it was a ski show complete with costumes and karaoke.
After several recommendations to go to Taos, we decided to take the suggestion. On our way from Santa Fe we stopped at Sanctuary de Chimayo. People travel to the church for its supposed healing powers and there was a huge pilgrimage there just a few days before on Good Friday. Its a modest structure, but still really beautiful. Pictures weren’t allowed inside, but we sat there for a bit in the quiet. Its certainly a moving place. I’m glad we stopped.
We found a small campground alongside a river outside of Taos. What we lacked in cell service was made up with our bedroom window view and unbelievably starry nights. Taos is small and since we were staying 20 minutes away in a canyon, we didn’t do too much exploring of the town itself. We did drive up the mountain to the ski resort to do some hiking. Their ski season had wrapped, but it still looked like a full-on winter wonderland. There were some dedicated skiers who were hiking up with their skis and skiing down – crazy people. We weren’t really expecting a hike in the snow and were only outfitted with normal hiking boots. We gave it a go and it was insanely challenging, but the pups were all over it. They loved it. It was perfect way to enjoy the last bit of “winter” before moving into the drier desert.