Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Break In The Land of Enchantment (New Mexico)!!

It had been two year since I was home to visit family and friends.
We usually visit every other year, but with my parents getting up in age I would like to visit more frequently. Every other year family comes to visit us as well.

Ten years ago my hubby proposed to me up on the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mex. and we hadn't been back up there since then. This time we had the kids with us, so we had a new venture to share with them.
We took the worlds longest tram (2.7 miles) to the top of the peak which is about 10,000 ft.
and the base is at 6,500 ft. It was a bit windy and cool.
My youngest one was ready to go back down as soon as we stepped off the tram car because it was pretty chilly.

We had purchased some property in Northern New Mexico for retirement and we try to visit the property when we're home visiting.
On the drive there, we pass Victory Ranch which is home to about 200 alpacas. The white dog laying in the foregound is a Great Pyrenes and they herd and care for the alpacas. The ranch has any where from 8-11 of these dogs working. They are a beautiful breed of dog!

Baby alpaca

This llama named "Spaghetti" helps in guarding the alpacas along with the dogs.

I think what I miss most about New Mexico besides family, is the beautiful blue skies and those breathtaking mountains.

A small lake nestled in the mountains and not far from our property.

We spent a day in Santa Fe just browsing through shops and galleries.

A visit to a cemetary my grandparents are buried. It is located up the road from mom and dad's house.

 My mom had placed two artificial X-Mas trees on my grandparents graves and they were stolen, so she planted two real pine trees and decorates them every year. I told her she needed to decorate them for every holiday season. She liked the idea.


Craftymoose Crafts said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos and giving a peak into your roots! Such a romantic spot for a proposal! I'm a NY girl (upstate), but I have always loved the southwest.

Folk Heart said...

I am so tickled to see these photos and read your very interesting comments. My son recently moved to Taos, and we are on the very East Coast. Have not yet visited him there, so your photos truly warmed my heart. Many thanks! (and p.s. "Yay, Mom!")

stregata said...

Love the wonderful photos - such a beautiful part of the country! Thanks for sharing.

Carla Trujillo said...

Craftymoose Crafts - If you ever have the chance to visit, you will definitely not be disappointed!

Folk Heart - How exciting that your son lives in Taos! There are two ways to get to Taos from Santa Fe, and the photos I've taken are from the highway that goes through the mountains. It is a longer trip due to winding roads, but worth the time because of the view! I'm really excited for you for when you do come to visit him for the first time!

Renate - Thank you! I was curious to know if you have ever been to the USA?

Jean W said...

Fabulous pictures -- can feel your heart and soul in them. You were refreshed by the visit - keep those warm and wonderful New Mexico feelings with you always. Thanks for sharing.

Hopemore Studio said...

Carla, It's all so breathtakingly beautiful. Looks like you had fabulous weather even if the littlest one thought it was too cold for her liking...did you tell her it was colder at home?..it was!!

barbara said...

Wonderful to see pic's of the area you call home. Sounds like you had a great time, that's great!!