Hey you guys! I found something to post about sooner than I thought I would. I went to New Mexico for a few days! I haven't been since the church used to take ski trips every year TEN YEARS AGO. We rented a cabin in Angel Fire, so that'll be exciting! It's supposed to be crazy nice weather, but they said that about London too.
We took day trips to Taos and the top of a mountain, but mostly stayed in the house
It took 9 and a half hours to get there. That's seriously more time than London.
I'm going to divide this up into the different days I spent there.
Today, we left town around 8 am. We made our first major stop in Amarillo, Texas.
|Ice cream time|
|I pretended to paint|
|Dad's idea. I think my shirt inspired him.|
We brought Kacie's friend Peyton along on the trip. She made lots of faces and caused a lot of secondhand embarrassment.
|Those are mountains!|
|It was so pretty and big!|
|There were stick tee-pees built in the yard|
|On some rocks outside of our house|
Today, I woke up really early. Lucky, because I was able to witness the first casualty. A hummingbird smacked into the window and died.
|We explored a bit, but it was too muddy for much|
|This chipmunk visited us several times. We call him Theodore.|
|An oven and an adobe house|
|Their water source|
|The main house|
After seeing the Pueblo, we ate at lunch and visited a market in the center of town. Then, we headed to the Rio Gorge Bridge to see where the Rio Grande is.
Each night, we ate dinner at the house. We had burgers and chicken and burgers.
|There was also a hummingbird feeder that was always attracting the pretty birds|
|This pretty girl visited every morning and evening. Her name was Zuni and she lived next door.|
|They played "Katniss"|
Today we woke up with the devastating news that a good friend had passed away that morning. Andrew Duncan was only 20 and was killed in a car crash north of Amarillo with four others. The entire past two days Facebook and Twitter have been filled with memories. My favorite was when he broke a door during Narnia because he thought it would be smart to take his entrance for his bow through it. It fell and busted and he got in trouble. He also liked to poke my broken nose during CATS.
On this day, we were planning on taking family pictures. It definitely took a lot more to get us smiling.
We rode the ski-lift to the top of the mountain, a 15 minute ride. There was a bar that you could lower if you wanted to. We did. On the way up, we waved at the few people heading down. On the way down, we waved at a ton of people, mostly mountain bikers, headed up.
|The scariest part was unloading from the lift because you had to lift the bar|
|View down the side slope|
|See what I mean about getting us to laugh?|
|I wasn't supposed to have my phone out on the ski-lift. Sorry mom. I didn't listen.|
After finishing at the summit, we went back home for lunch. We lounged around the house and did some building on the fort.
At one point today, we also drove to Red River, but there wasn't much there. We had coffee and then headed back to Angel Fire.
For dinner, we went back into town because there was a pub that was only opened for dinners that had a ton of gluten-free options.
|I had a pizza and a brownie. It was amazing.|
The restaurant is on Route 66 so it's a huge spectacle. The food was good though!
Man versus Food did the challenge and won!
Today we headed home. We listened to Radio Disney the entire way and stopped for ice cream at a Dairy Queen.
|For lunch, we stopped in Amarillo at "The Big Texan."|
|It's a novelty food challenge restaurant.|
|If you eat a 72 oz steak in an hour with sides, it's free. If not, it's $72.|
My dad wouldn't let us do the challenge. Party pooper.
After Amarillo, we headed home. It was a faster drive than the way there, but still long. I listened to 58 songs without skipping!
It was a good trip and I hope it turns into a tradition.