While I didn't intend to take a 4 month break from blogging, whoops! Tonight I just got the urge to write, and to write for me and no one else. I write a lot for work on other sites, and I type a lot for Aaron, and so some days (i.e. most) I just don't want to open a laptop one more time.
But I feel the need to document this trip because my memory isn't what it used to be. What am I even saying, I have never had a good memory!
This year Aaron decided a few months ago that he wanted to plan our anniversary trip. 18 years! So I said go for it! One trip I didn't need to plan? That's my idea of heaven.
He told me the day before we left that I would need to pack for both 35 degree weather and 75 degree weather. Three nights, and activities ranging from hikes to water to relaxation. Oooookkk.
We got to the airport and he wouldn't budge, had my passport and my boarding pass and even through TSA check point I was clueless where we were headed. My one clue was we were west of the Mississippi River and since geography is not my strength, that's pretty much the worst clue you could ever give me.
We got to the gate and it said Denver, Colorado! So we were going to Colorado! And I've never been to Colorado. The first photo is of us on the plane with me thinking we were going to Colorado lol. I was stoked. We landed, walked out the gate and headed to, not the exit? Where in the world could we be walking? But since of the aforementioned geography issues I have, I just followed my man and kept silent. We arrived at a second gate and I realized we were about to board another plane! To....New Mexico! Which you already knew because of the title of this post. Check out the size of the second plane we took! Ai yi yi.
We landed in Santa Fe and I was now more excited than ever. You see about a year ago I was looking at where to go for our 17th year anniversary and I checked out flights to Taos and told Aaron how expensive they were, and we would just have to scrap that idea. I didn't really think about it again. So you can imagine my delight to find out we were headed to New Mexico.
Is that not the cutest airport you've ever seen?! We grabbed our rental car, which he also had planned and we were off to destination #1. He had planned each night and meals and activities, and I was on a strict need to know basis.
We checked into this little B&B where he had a vase of fresh flowers waiting for me. If I had to rank our three evenings, this hotel was probably #3, it was a little older, I thought it was adorable with the fireplace, but it could've used some upgrades. Aaron wasn't impressed, but honestly I was prepping myself for camping, so this was stellar! The breakfast was amazing the next morning however. Green chile stew to die for. After we checked in we walked into the plaza of town and just explored. We ate at this amazing restaurant called The Shed and we found ourselves our first pieces of turquoise.
The next day after breakfast we packed up the car and did a little souvenir shopping in town for the kids and headed north. Again, I had no idea where we were going but I was beyond happy to be road tripping with Aaron. We stopped for lunch at Orlando's which was so good! We got to Taos and walked around a bit before heading to that night's accommodations. Which you will have to wait to find out all about in Part 2....