Sunday, August 19, 2012

Road Trip 2012 {High Road}

In July we visited Red River, New Mexico.  (I've broken down the road trip into several parts so I can post more photos on the blog.  The first part {Texas} can been seen here.)  While we were in Red River we wanted to explore the surrounding area.  We arrived in New Mexico on Sunday and on Monday we decided to drive to Santa Fe.  We chose to take the scenic route called the High Road.  It has spectacular views and takes you through various artists communities and villages.  It was probably three and a half hours to get to Santa Fe and the other route was around 2 hours, but it was worth the extra time.  Mark and I read several articles about things to see and do on the drive.  Just a few weeks before we went on our trip Gwyneth Paltrow's email newsletter goop highlighted the High Road.  If it's good enough for GP to recommend, then we should definitely check it out ;)  Usually her recommendations are for buying a $100 t-shirt (crazy!), but her travel advice was something that was actually helpful.

We passed up the scenic overlook where the photos were taken but decided to turn around and go back to it.  I'm so glad that we did!  The view from this point was breathtaking.  The sky was bright and the mountains were stunning.  I didn't see any other places to stop if you wanted the view that we had from this vantage point.

Trying to take family photos with the boys is hopeless.  It's all about the memories, which will be that they never cooperated for a family photo.  Ever.  Ha!

Mark and I gave up and took a photo of just us instead.  I shared a couple of other photos from the High Road here.

Mark's parents, Jerry and Carol, are fun to travel with and had a good time too.  They are a huge help with the boys and Will and Ben love having them with us.

This is from the car.  Ignore the dirty windshield!  I just couldn't get over the view.  It's overwhelming trying to take in all the beauty.  It's such a contrast from the desert of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

This is a Spanish church in Las Trampas.

More signs directing us to Santa Fe

Seriously, I could look at this view all day long.

Around each corner more beauty awaited

Lunch in Chimayo!
This was a restaurant recommended in the goop newsletter.  I'd never heard of it, but once we got home and talked to friends who had traveled to New Mexico so many people had eaten there.  It felt like it was in the middle of nowhere and I'm surprised that people can find it.  It was crowded nonetheless.  If you are ever in the area you must go there to eat.

Mark, Carol, Jerry and the boys

We ate outside. 
I loved the atmosphere! (the flies not so much but everything else was perfect)

I made everyone wait to eat so I could take a photo.  I had the Sopaipilla Relleno stuffed with chicken.  It was delicious!  The green chiles on the Mexican food are different than the typical Tex-Mex we are used to.

This was Jerry's favorite place that we ate at the whole trip.

Ristras of dried chile peppers looked so pretty

What do you know?  The boys smiled for a photo!   

Road Trip 2012 theme :)
"Well, the road didn't cut through the land like that interstate. It moved with the land, it rose, it fell, it curved.
Cars didn't drive on it to make great time. They drove on it to have a great time."
Sally, Cars
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