It's been a while since I've been able to do a blog post. To actually sit down, write and scrapbook the trillions of photos I'm always taking. Between auditions and work, friendships and my relationship with Rob, it's hard to find a second to myself.
When Rob and I decided to plan a vacation to New Mexico for the end of April, we knew it was just what we would need after a crazed winter, but neither of us were prepared for how transformative a trip it would be.
New Mexico is known as The Land Of Enchantment, and while that may sound tacky or cliche to some, thats just what it is. To say I was enchanted is actually an understatement. I found myself time and time again while driving underneath the wide open sky, I found complete happiness walking arm in arm with my love down streets that felt familiar but that I'd never explored before, I met new friends that seemed like ones I may have known from past lives, I was asked, "What is your dream?" by multiple people, I drove up a mountain and was terrified for my life, I ate the most incredible green chile on just about anything you can put green chile on and I bathed in natural springs of iron and arsenic that my native american forefathers found that helped heal and sooth their battle wounds.
The whole trip put into perspective the things I want, the things I love, and it helped me to realize that I need to dedicate more time to those things to maintain balance and happiness in my life. One of those things is blogging, writing down my thoughts, pairing them with my photography and then sharing. I haven't been able to do that enough, and so I'm going to try with all my might to change that and update more. Starting right now.
Let me take you on my adventure through The Land of Enchantment.
Possibly the main thing that made our trip so special was staying where we did. Through Airbnb, we were lucky to find lodgings on the grounds of an 1880's casita. Home to artist Ed Hallaway and his wife Barbara, Ed has renovated two trailers as well as an artists loft that they rent out to guests. With animals galore, an open door policy where friends and family can drop by anytime, and the only rule being, "Make yourself at home", I felt like I was in an Airbnb commercial, it was so idyllic. Because of them we met some wonderful people and were pointed to the best activities to do in New Mexico!
Every morning, we loved making breakfast in our 'easy bake oven'. So cute!
Being that Ed is an artist, his work was everywhere all over the grounds. Above was my favorite piece I saw of his, an old Maytag washer with a steel tree coming out of it.
The following morning, we woke up bright and early and headed out to Cerrillos to ride some horses through the Broken Saddle Riding Co.!
This is Smokey, the cat who lives on the ranch. According to the owner, Harold, she's the boss.
I had never actually been horse back riding before, and Rob had only done it once as a kid, but we found that we were naturals! We had the best horses imaginable, a palomino paint named Cisco for Rob and a gorgeous chestnut named Lily for me. Our fantastic instructor Carla took us through the gorgeous hills of Cerrillos State Park. At the highest point we were able to see five mountain ranges all at once! It was absolutely breathtaking!
After our ride, we headed down the road to the teeny teeny tiny town of Madrid (pronounced Mad-rid) for lunch at The Hollar. I had a goat cheese hamburger on a pretzel bun with, what else, green chile. A++++.
Then, it was off to Santa Fe to explore. We unfortunately were too late to see the Loretto Chapel miraculous staircase, but it was so fun to wander the gorgeous streets with my darling!
HIGHLY recommended by all locals, we finished our day in Santa Fe by visiting the interactive art installation, Meow Wolf. The best way to describe this one of a kind experience is that it is like the love child of Sleep No More in NYC and The City Museum in St Louis. Inside of an old bowling alley, they have placed a normal looking house, but the house has a very dramatic story about its past dwellers that it is the visitors job to unravel. There are also crazy extensions of the house, i.e a fireplace you can climb through, the craziest portal through the refrigerator, tiny tunnels in the back of closets. It's one of a kind and very hard to explain. Just like the locals, I HIGHLY recommend experiencing it for yourself!
Our last day in New Mexico, we went on the STUNNING 2 1/2 hour drive to Toas. The only bad part about it was that it was on this drive we learned Prince died. Talk about a moment I will never forget...
Perhaps THE most beautiful place I have EVER been, we visited the Taos Pueblo, home for over 1000 years to the Red Willow people. Sitting right at the foot of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range, the Taos Pueblo is still active, with many of the tribe living there rear round despite their lack of plumbing and electricity! Their homes are passed down to each generation and have to be maintained every year by patting down thick layers of mud to the original adobe. Talk about a labor of love! They also speak their own, unwritten language, Tiwa, which has been passed down orally for generations!
There are TONS of dogs running around all over the pueblo. This one took a great liking to Rob and I and was our companion during a good portion of the day! She even made sure to get in our photos!
Taken on our ride home. We loved that Camaro!
Things not pictured that you HAVE to do when visiting:
1. Ojo Caliente- A gorgeous spa built around the natural hot springs in Ojo.
2. Frontier Restaurant - An unbelievably delicious greasy spoon in the college area of Albuquerque.