All posts filed under “Southwest

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Santa Fe & Taos

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.

These little buddies were hanging out near our campground

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White Sands

March 26 – March 30

White Sands is rather remote. We stayed in nearby Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, half an hour away from the park. Going to White Sands was really the only thing on the agenda during our stay, so we went twice! A mid-day and sunset stroll. White Sands just pops out of nowhere thanks to an ancient sea, very old lake, and the elements breaking down gypsum into beautiful sand dunes. We loved our time walking the dunes with the pups during the day, but our sunset trip was the highlight. The shadows and light were completely breathtaking. Surprisingly, there weren’t that many people there. We wandered the dunes, practiced some tricks and took a seat for a top-notch sunset.

After leaving White Sands, we drove to a lake near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. T or C is a tiny town with hot springs and a Flintstone’s themed bowling alley. So, I guess what else do you need? We rung in my birthday and our anniversary with those action-packed activities. We stayed in Elephant Butte State Park on a hill overlooking the mountains and lake. Still a smidge too cold to swim, but it worked well as a backdrop for our short stay.

Tupelo prefers to dig in the sand rather than pose on it with me

Recovering from the endless digging

Tricks!

Lakeside Birthday Fun

 

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Well, hi!

We have been living on the road, bouncing from place to place for two months now. High time to get this documentation started. We zig-zagged through the southwest and have found ourselves in central California, about to explore Yosemite National Park.