We’re in Clayton, New Mexico tonight before heading to Dodge City, Kansas tomorrow. We finally have wi-fi that works! Stephen let me drive the trailer this afternoon. The road was mostly flat and straight so I felt confident I could manage. We ate dinner in Texline, Texas which is in central time, then drove back to our RV park in New Mexico which is in mountain time. I think I was more amused about “going back in time” than Stephen and the kids were.
We enjoyed our time in New Mexico. The first two days we were in Taos, New Mexico.
There was a mile loop trail we walked near our RV park after dinner. The sunsets were incredible. The Zs pretended they were riding horses and had dogs trotting along side the horses.
The next day, we took the kids on a 3.8 mile hike up to Williams Lake in the Taos Ski Valley.
After a little whining and struggling, we finally reached a beautiful alpine lake at an altitude of 11,000 feet. Zoey and Stephen explored over granite rock piles a little further, all the while under the watchful eyes of curious chipmunks.
Later that night when we got back, the kids wanted to walk 1 more mile, then the next day, we moved to Santa Fe for 4 nights. Santa Fe has some wonderful museums, and we visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the International Folk Art Museum, both of which were excellent and inspiring, while maybe a little overstimulating for a young one or two.
Yesterday we visited another living history museum, “El Rancho de las Golondrinas.”
I learned you can dry slices of squash by hanging them and then rehydrate them in water. I was remembering all the zucchini we grew in our garden 4 summers ago, and I was giving zucchini away to friends by the bagful.
On the way to Clayton today, we stopped at Pecos National Historic Park just South of Santa Fe, and explored the ancient Pecos Pueblo ruins. The remains included several underground Kivas that were fun to climb down into, and what is left of a church built in 1717. The native people expelled the Spaniards and destroyed the original church in a 1680 revolt, but the Spaniards returned later and built a new church.
This next week we’ll be on the road driving a lot passing through Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and then on to Ohio.