Sunday, October 09, 2011
We decided to drive to Taos as there was a really old Catholic Church I wanted to see. We stayed at a place called El Pueblo Lodge as there were no Holiday Inn's in Taos. But the room looked nice and in the corner was a pueblo type fireplace. I LOVE F/P's and as soon as we had gone out for dinner and come back I lit the fire. Soon the room was cozy warm and I turned off the lights and we watched TV by firelight -- romantic, huh?
Morning came and I found we had no electricity (except the light in the bathroom) and alas, no WATER! Luckily we planned on leaving that day anyway, and at the front desk they said most of the town was affected. Some rooms had electric, some didn't -- when the electric went out, the pump wouldn't work that supplied the water, so....... no breakfast either.
Our car was covered by about 5 or 6 inches of snow -- and of course we didn't own a snow scraper -- we're from Phoenix! This definitely wasn't a planned attraction of our vacation, and we were glad it lasted for just one night. Temperatures started out at 40F the next day, and it's still cool here in Farmington, where we're staying tonight, but probably more like about 50-60F, definitely better than 40F.
Appears we went from summer to winter all in one 2-week trip! Keep sparkin'
The good thing is my weight is holding steady!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Yesterday morning we left Alomogordo to make the drive to Albuquerque. As we drove along I saw a sigh for pistachio's -- and I asked DH if we could stop. The way I figured is they should be much cheaper than in the store, because they had cut out the middleman. So before long, there it was in a little building alongside the road! I went inside and saw they also sold them in various flavors, and even made up into various flavors of pistachio brittle. But my good humor went down the drain when I saw the price! About $2.00 per pound more than I pay in our local grocery stores back home! To me these pistachio's were no better than the ones I had been buying -- so why pay more? Needless to say, we left empty handed.
So as we drove along observing the various changes in the scenery, I fiddled around filing my fingernails and applying lotion. As usual I took off my wedding band and stuck it between my legs, so I wouldn't get any lotion on it. New Mexico is mostly quite flat and boring, and the scenery today was no exception. As noon time came and went, I sat, wondering if I wanted a cookie or maybe one of my snack bars. I came to the conclusion that one of the blue plums I had bought would be good, mentioned it to DH and almost immediately he pulled to the side of the road so I could retrieve it from the lift-gate in the back of our SUV. So I ate that and also nibbled away on a cookie that he had gotten out for me.
The sun had been hot on our outing he day before, and quite some time later I was holding my arms out in front of me, observing (and admiring) how it had deepened my suntan. It was about that time that I noticed my wedding band was missing! My hand went between my legs and then I looked down on the floor in front of me. NO RING! I turned to George and told him my ring was gone. I said it must have fallen out when I got out to get the blue plum. So it was gone for good! Who would possibly know where we had stopped about an hour ago, and it was back some 65 miles or so.
But DH said, we'll turn around and go look. I looked at him and said, "But how can you know where we pulled over next to the road? How would anyone know?" But he said he knew. And we started back. I looked at the clock and it was 1:45, so that meant we had stopped at about 12:45. No use even starting to look until about 2:30 or later. However, he did drive just a bit faster going back than he had coming, and at around 2:30 or so we began remembering little things about where we stopped. I knew there was a large bush or tree along the road about 1/4 oF a mile down the road. His memory was even better as he was driving. He said we had gone through an area that had lava (black) covering the entire area. And we both remembered it was on a downhill stretch of the highway. Another good clue was that when I opened the ice chest for the plum, I noticed the bananas were overly ripe -- and I threw them out so small animals or birds could eat them. And as I had tossed them in the ditch we also noticed a dark bottle laying next to where they landed. We made a U-turn and made our first inspection of the side of the road all the way down -- I was looking out the window and he was driving slow. NOTHING! Then he turned around and said we would try again. I told him to let me out and I would walk along the side and could spot it easier. After all -- it was MY FAULT the ring was gone! I did not spot the bottle or the bananas along the road. And by now I had met up with my DH, driving slowly over the same area again. But he wanted to look again. I had about given up, but not George. He said - never give up. So I said I would drive and he could look. We went all the way to the top again. Closer and closer we drove toward the tree, until finally I said, "NO, I'm sure we were not this close to the tree -- it's gone, we are never going to find it." But George kept looking. A few minutes later he said "I see the bananas!" I hadn't spotted them as they were now completely brown -- I was looking for something much more yellow! So I walked the carlength ahead of the bananas and began searching the grass along the pavement. Knowing we were in the right spot, but my ring was awfully small and I still kind of had doubts about finding it. But suddenly I saw it laying about 3 feet from the edge of the pavement, laying on some gravel. With a big smile I bent over, picked it up, and placed it on my finger.
After thanking God -- I turned to my hubby and said I would have to be extra good to him for even agreeing to drive all that distance back! Miracles do still happen! Believe me, seeing that ring was the highlight of my day!
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Today is Day 7 so that puts up at a full week. Leaving Alamogordo (that's a mouthfull) and will be heading to Alburquerque (another mouthful). I believe a couple of the things DH has planned for us is a botanical garden and also the zoo. I like that sort of thing, so perhaps I am just a country girl at heart.
This type of trip suits me much better than the "get on an airplane and fly somewhere, then have every minute of your day planned out so you never get to relax." We go when we please and get up when we please. Of course we have made reservations ahead of time, so we do need to get to certain cities on certain days, but other than that we are free as the birds in the sky! What a beautiful sky too -- so blue and filled with fluffy white clouds. As that brings to mind that after all of our sightseeing was done yesterday, we got a brief, but hard, shower on our way back to the hotel. Perfect time for rain in my book.
Now I'm waiting for our clothes to dry in the guest laundry. In fact, with that in mind it gives me time to get on the treadmill or elliptical for a nice 1-mile jaunt. See you all later!
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Hi Spark Friends! Wonderful weather, interesting sights to see, good food and no mishaps! What more could a person ask for out of a vacation? To top it all off my weight is staying right in line and I certainly have not been denying myself anything. The hotel chain we are using, Holiday Inn, has wonderful homemade chocolate chip cookies out in the breakfast room if you happen to get there in time. So far we've been lucky! I know these little luxuries are probably a "no-no" but as long as my scale says I'm staying right at my usual weigh-in amount, I'm enjoying my nightly cookie.
Today we got up early to drive to the site of the first Atomic Bomb. Visited the ranch where it was assembled then walked a short distance to Ground Zero where all that was left of the tower was stubs. Granted, it's not a lot to see -- and many of the people who chose to see this attraction seemed to be Senior Citizens. There were a few kids (being it's Saturday) but I would imagine such an attraction would not be of much interest to them.
From there we traveled to the Very Large Arays (I believe there are 27 total) and it was an amazing thing to see -- the sheer size alone made it awesome. Diameter of each aray is 82 feet and they stand at a height of 94 feet. They are telescopes that work from radio waves and when they are stetched out to full capacity they can really view a tremendous area all in one swoop! They first came into existence back in the 1980's, but they are still hard at work today -- giving us further knowledge day in and day out.
By the way, we came close to being abducted by the aliens in Roswell (pictures to follow) but luckily they let us go due to our advanced ages! For once it paid to be a Senior Citizen!
Friday, September 30, 2011
First of all, I love having my scale with me on vacation. When I got up on Day 2 it told me I'd been a bad girl -- which I already knew, very little exercise, mostly we just drove and then Mexican food on top of that! But Day 2 we tramped all over Carlsbad Caverns and it was awesome. By the end of the "Big Room" I was really, really interested in checking out the restrooms - lol, isn't that a typical woman? You had to walk into what looked like a cave to get to those also, guess they have a sense of humor, or maybe it was just easier.
Anyway, I've never seen anything as big and awesome as the Caverns! It was really worth the trip -- I've waited over 50 years to see those! Wasn't too great for taking photo's though, I doubt any of the pictures will come even close to what it's like in person. They did have a video for sale that looked good, but most people aren't interested in looking at them, so I did not buy one.
Weight is down today as I was a very good girl and good lots of exercise. Today we're in Roswell, so unless we're abducted by Aliens -- I'll see you in a day or so!
Hope everyone is doing well -- keep the Spirit!
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