So things got a little quiet on here for a short bit. This was in part to a quick road trip up to Colorado to get a taste of winter since our neck of the woods totally failed in that department this year. On our return, we decided to stay in Santa Fe, NM for the night.
Amazingly, despite having lived fairly close to this little city, I’d never been before. As we were driving down I-25 listening to Mike Rowe’s podcast “The Way I Heard It” (super fun podcast, by the way), I was falling in love with the terrain. When we finally rolled into town, I was smitten. This city is so unique with all the adobe houses and buildings (even Target is adobe) and awesome with its very artistic inclined community. The culture and history is super rich too. Seriously, this little city has me written all over it. I only wish we had had the ability to spend more time there.
We chose to stay the night in downtown Santa Fe at a fun little place called the Old Santa Fe Inn. This hotel was gorgeous and was within a block and a half of the bustling downtown area. We had a fun little fireplace in our room that the girls loved falling asleep to while it glowed and warmed us up. We also had a gorgeous verandah overlooking the capital building.
We walked around downtown a bit that night, were amazed by the very pedestrian friendly drivers, in awe of the inexpensive yet intricate jewelry works of art, and enjoyed the sounds of the various musicians all around. Eventually we made our way to our restaurant for dinner where we enjoyed some authentic New Mexican green chile and then walked a to another restaurant where we enjoyed fresh sopapillas and the Mr. and I savored a margarita.
The next morning started off beautifully with a nice, calm, picturesque wake up with the glow of the sun peeking through the window and the warmth of the fireplace. Then our perfectly picturesque morning took a turn down a road nobody cared for. One kiddo woke up still having difficulty with her breathing thanks to another round of that pesky pneumonia complicated by asthma and the other kiddo got smacked with the stomach bug that the other kiddo had several days prior. It was not exactly the kind of start to the day any of us had had in mind nor ideal for a day of traveling like we had planned to get us one day closer to home.
Unsure of what to do, we were able to cancel our hotel reservations we had in Texas for that night. We waited, we held back hair, we cleaned up a lot, got the kiddos showered, and eventually things calmed down and we set out on the road much later than planned. We set off towards Roswell, NM unsure of where our day’s travels would take us. We strongly debated going all the way home in the event that one or both of us adults would be the next victim of the stomach bug, but unsure if that was a little too overzealous.
By the time we rolled into Roswell, we committed and decided we were going all the way home. It made for a late night for the Mr. and I, and we had to be on hyper-alert because the fog rolled in thick and there were deer everywhere. It was unlike anything I’ve experienced but actually pretty cool (except for the one deer that gave me a super charged adrenaline boost just standing on the highway in the other lane).
Anyway, the next morning we all slept in super late but every one of us woke up super happy and thrilled to be home. Both kiddos bounced back to their normal selves and played nearly all day outside while the Mr. and I just savored the relaxing day.