I know it’s been a little quiet around here lately. The hubby and I just got back from a much-needed vacation to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we visited some of his family, went hiking and camped. I was pretty busy before hand packing up everything–and making list upon list of what to bring–cleaning up the house, and making sure plans were set for all of the animals. We took Delilah of course, left Jack and William at home with big bowls of food, and boarded Roxy. It’s always amazing how much time and thought goes into preparing for a trip for yourself, but when you add-on planning for 4 animals it’s even worse.
We left early Tuesday morning to head out–only about an hour and a half later than we had planned to leave. No matter how prepared you think you are for a trip, you never quite have everything together. I had to pack up our cooler that morning with all of the food we were planning to take camping. We have a smallish cooler that happens to keep things cold for a long time. My goal was to fit everything in this cooler and not have to bring one of our drink coolers that sucks at keeping things cold. Of course, it took me about 20 minutes to get everything to fit in it, but I managed! A carton of eggs, package of bacon, stick of butter, yogurt, cheese, hotdogs, chicken breasts, ground beef, milk, mustard, mayo, ketchup, lunchmeat and 2 gallons of frozen drinking water–but it all fit!
On the way to ABQ we made a slight detour to Roswell, NM to visit the International UFO Museum–this was NOT my idea. It was just as cheesy as you would expect and took us a whole 20 minutes to go through it. At least it gave us a nice break from the car!
Once we got to ABQ my husband couldn’t wait to see some of the sites from the TV series “Breaking Bad”. We got up early the next morning and drove to a few spots–like Walter White’s house and the Car Wash. I didn’t get a good picture of WW’s house because the sun was shining just above the roof directly into the camera.
After a short bout of sight-seeing we headed out to the campground at Cochiti Lake–Tetilla Peak Recreational Area. Man was the scenery here BEAUTIFUL! I guess I never realized there were mountains in New Mexico–especially around ABQ and Santa Fe. They sure make my beloved Tennessee mountains look like mole hills!
After we set up camp we decided to visit Bandeleir National Monument. The best part was taking a 4×4 road through the mountains to get there. If only I had snapped a picture of my hubby’s face riding shotgun with his uncle crawling over rocks and cruising through mountain streams. Priceless.
It wouldn’t have been a road trip for us without unseasonably cold weather. Seriously, every time we travel there are record lows, or record snow/rain falls wherever our destination is. This trip was no exception–it even SNOWED in ABQ the morning we headed out there! I was glad I had packed heavy blankets, but even with them we still FROZE both nights we camped. It was so cold my toes went numb at one point. I had 2 layers of socks on, heavy PJ pants, a long sleeve shirt and a fleece on, underneath 2 sleeping bags and 2 heavy blankets. I think it actually got down to around 35 degrees the first night and 42 the second…brrrr. I felt terrible for Delilah on that first night. She is a spoiled indoor dog who only sleeps in bed with us, so for her to spend the night outside sleeping on a hard tent floor–even though we put down a nice comforter for her to lay on–was a huge shock. At one point I woke up and saw her shivering next to our bed in the tent so I threw part of the blanket over her for more warmth. That really broke my heart. Had we not been on a blow up mattress we would have let her sleep with us. We had never been more excited to see the sun! So much for the battery-powered tent fan we bought for this trip!
While we were in New Mexico we also visited The Plaza in Old Town Santa Fe. We ate lunch and walked around through the shops and square.
We also did some sight-seeing in ABQ and visited Old Towne there as well– AND we bought some yummy fudge from The Candy Lady– Orange Creamsicle , Red Chile Chocolate and some Praline type flavor I can’t remember the name of ;). Oh, and of course, we bought some “blue meth” (rock candy) and yogurt dipped dog bones for my favorite girl.
We headed home Saturday morning early. Man was Delilah wiped out! She slept the entire way–which isn’t unusual–but even when we stopped for a picnic for lunch she was still pretty exhausted.
Even now as we speak she is passed out on the floor next to my husband on the couch. Our girl is broken 🙁 I think she may be a little sad because her aunt and uncle spoiled her rotten and she doesn’t get that kind of attention at home!
Isn’t it amazing how tired you are AFTER vacation? I am glad I had another day off before returning to work tomorrow. I just now finished up all of the laundry from camping, and cleaning up the house. Even though I cleaned the house before we left, I came home to cat hair everywhere! It’s crazy how quickly it piles up…I think we need a few more animals!
On a totally different note–I am SO excited to announce a new challenge my hubby and I will be taking on. We were inspired for this challenge by his aunt and uncle whom we stayed with while in ABQ. They both are retired and so incredibly fit! Those of you that know me, know that neither myself nor my husband are very “in shape” people. While we have changed some of our eating habits we still have a long way to go. That is why we are going to be taking on a 30 day challenge where we completely eliminate processed foods. I have been doing some research on processed foods and a lot of the chemicals found in them. It’s amazing the crap we put into our bodies. No wonder there are so many health issues! We are both very excited to start this challenge, but first we are going to clean out our pantry to get rid of the processed stuff we already have. It should be an interesting week or two of meals, but once everything’s gone, there is no holding us back! I’ll be sharing with you guys recipes we are trying, shopping lists, menu planning, and overall feelings, cravings, and attitudes. I can’t wait to share this journey with all of you!
Now for some relaxation before getting back to the normal routine tomorrow!