New Mexico’s State slogan is “The Land of Enchantment”, and The Beloved and I it’s a pretty special place. We have a history there that dates back to the very beginning of our relationship and so it holds a lot of sentimental value for us.
We thought we’d go back often, but in our time at The Aerie, we’ve only returned once for a long weekend. So we were intrigued when my cousin Bob, who is the current Patriarch of House Betz declared that we should have a family reunion in New Mexico (he lives outside Albuquerque) — we’d been gone so much, we wondered if our opinion of New Mexico would change? Would it still hold its charms for us?
That answer is a resounding yes!
We spent the first few nights at my cousin’s beautiful house, which sits on the northern slopes of the Sandia Crest along the Turquoise Trail (he has enough room and acreage for all 9 of us that went). Because she lived in Santa Fe, The Beloved and I hadn’t ever spent a lot of time around Albuquerque, but we got out and about, enjoying a switchbacking trip to the top of the Crest (which towers over ABQ) and going to an Albuquerque Isotopes game (remember Los Alamos and Trinity aren’t far from ABQ), where you can get an Atomic Margarita and Indian Taco as readily as a beer and a dog.
Speaking of dogs, we got to hang out with my cousin’s sweet whippets. One of them, Ginger Rogers, has even competed at Westminster this past year (she was robbed!). It would have been great to have Penny there with us. There aren’t many times when there are dogs around that are faster than she is. Next time!
In the middle of our week, we all rented a house on a hill outside of Santa Fe. It was spectacular — 50 acres of land and probably 50-75 miles views in every direction. That made sitting out in the evening with an adult beverage pretty awesome. I was hoping for a thunderstorm to roll through one night, but New Mexico is in the same drought that we are here in Southern California.
It was great to get back to Santa Fe — and really we could have spent an extra week there seeing which of our favorite spots were still around and gobbling up all the green chiles that we could! We spent one afternoon just walking around the center of town, enjoying the sites in the Plaza, poking into our favorite gallaries.
We also really enjoyed the newly-opened New Mexico History Museum, which is behind the Palace of the Governors. They had great exhibits covering the history of New Mexico from Pueblo times, Spanish Colonial times, to the eras of American control, comparing both pre- and post-statehood. Highly recommended.
There are some more stories, including The Ballad of Bandelier Dave, but I’ll save that for another post.
Who knows, maybe it won’t be so long before we get back again!