Did you know New Mexico is “The Land of Enchantment” ? I didn’t know this before checking this new state off my list. I immediately fell in love upon learning this, as any form of the word “enchant” is one of my all time favorite words. I love anything and anyone that can enchant me. I love the state of being enchanted. It’s like really liking something,but with a good dose of mystery and wonder to accompany said liking. If this isn’t making any sense it’s because I’m lacking sleep and my mind is on overload from liking–loving–being enchanted by New Mexico way more than I ever thought I would be. Everywhere I go, the mountains are my backyard! The people, food, places, nature, and history are taking my breath away. And I still have two days left! I should mention I’m easily excited and I’m like this on most vacations. The world is an amazing place and needs proper attention,you know? So I’m guessing I’m going to need three parts, at least, to adequately explain this lovely trip. Let me start with favorites from the first couple of days:
- White Sands. Hundreds of acres of sand dunes. Dude. It’s mountain-looking sand so freaking white it looks like snow and so soft that it’s very necessary to play in. Definitely somewhere on my list of most beautiful things.
- New Mexico Farm and Heritage Ranch Museum
- This museum was neat. I kept setting the buzzers off because I’m a five-year old and I have to touch and climb on or into everything. As an added bonus, I bought myself a wine glass AND a glass of wine in the gift shop–complete with fun conversation with our cashier. Museums don’t have to be boring,y’all.
- Cute little movie theatres with cute little indie films inside. (or as Katie says “soft-core-old-people-Asian-porn.”) Or simply,for younger readers, “Poetry.” On a slightly more serious note–Though graphic and really sad, it was also very touching and I’ve always felt secretly cool seeing movies that force me to read subtitles.
(The start of) Day 3.
Roadtrip! We started at Katie’s grandma’s house in Las Cruces, in the southernmost point of New Mexico. We had a free place to stay in Taos, a seven hour drive without stops. But of course we had to make a lot of detours. It’s part of the adventure! Our first stop was the “Valley of Fires” in Carrizozo; 45 miles of crazy-looking,dry lava. It was fun to climb on and I was actually allowed to do so this time.
I still have ten days to cover and two of them haven’t even happened yet. I really do need to get some sleep before I start drooling on the keyboard or something, so tune in;
Day 3 and beyond to be continued…. (It gets even better, y’all! Stick around to meet Banker Bob and my new Indian boyfriend ((joking)). And much more New Mexican goodness!) Yeah. I need sleep now. Goodnight.