Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Mexico SURPRISE!

Monday/Yesterday we left Flagstaff and headed further east on hwy 40 toward Albuquerque, New Mexico. We stopped along the way at the Meteor Crater in Winslow AZ, it was quite a fine sight to see. Hmmm is that a song? Anyway, I thought it was going to be sort or kitschy but it was really pretty amazing. Right out in the middle of nowhere, a farmers field was this huge hole from 70 stories deep, 2 miles in diameter. There was also a meteor/astronaut museum there. Telling all about meteors all around the world, it was worth the stop. We also stopped at the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest National Park. I could have spent more time there but the kids thought it was boring. You seen one petrified log you seen um all I guess, maybe the novelty of all this cool American geology and history is wearing on some people in our traveling party......
From there we motored to our new home at the KOA campground in Bernillio NM, right between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Where a surprise was awaiting the kids. When we got there my mom and her husband had gotten there before us. Had set up camp in the cabin next to ours and had a picnic all waiting for us. I said to the kids hey look there are some people next to our cabin from Florida. "so"(Noah) no response from anyone else. Then Noah realized that it was grandma sitting there and the kids all gasped and ran to give big hugs. It was a fun surprise!

Today we went to the Farmers Market in Santa Fe. It was great we got to sample all kinds of yummy stuff and check out what kind of produce is more commom here that we dont see at home. They had all kinds of different woods for sale for smoking meats and lots of chilis and spices. It was great. Then we just walked around downtown and did some shopping. Walked around the cathedral in the center of town. It was built in 1680. Wow, it was recently restored, very cool. From there we were ready to eat some good ol new mexican food, so we asked our parking attendant where his favorite place is. He sent us to Tomasitas, it was very good, they had awesome sopapillas. Ken was put out because the didnt serve us the endless chips and salsa like back home but they did keep the sopapillas coming. The food was hot and plentiful and cheap. Yeah! Now we are just hanging out with Grandma Reeny and Grandpa Bill before they have to leave in the morning