It’s the land of enchantment for a reason. We just returned from a week in New Mexico and can’t get it out of our minds. The rocky desert landscape lights up with painted sunset and mountains warmly glow at night. The climate is ideal for being outside, the elevation perfect for a training advantage, and adventure awaits. Outside and you will find a view that lets you see for miles and dream about the places you might go.
We packed our bags and took the baby on her first plane ride (rides, actually, as it was a total of 5 flights round trip) so that we could celebrate with these two people above. Joanna is my cousin, and not just any cousin because there are a lot of them (and I love all of you reading this right now) ;) but she is one of the cousins I grew up knowing the most. She is just a few years younger than me, her birthday two days before mine, and our families got together at least once a year. It’s been a few years since our regular trips, and Matt had not been since before we were engaged, so when the stars aligned for us to take a trip we booked it. One of the biggest reasons for our visit is that in a few short months Joanna and Rodger are getting married. Sadly, we won’t be able to make it to the wedding as I’m already booked, but such is the life of a wedding photographer.
The first day in Albuquerque I was surprised by one of my best friends, Meg, who drove down from Colorado Springs. She rang the doorbell and I answered completely floored and confused. It was so fun to see her, and even more amazing since she could only could stay for the day. We packed in what we could but there is only so much 8 hours will allow.
I don’t know about those of you with kids but traveling to and being in a new place is work enough. The first night there Daphne woke up at 3:30am and she continued to be off schedule for just about the whole trip. We decided to throw the schedule out the window because yesterday we had a 6am flight home, after daylight savings time, with to a two hour time change. yikes. She did really well and took the curveballs we kept throwing… and we successfully avoided being “those people” on an airplane. (I have complete sympathy if that is/was you… I totally understand)
One of the highlights from the trip was taking some photos for Joanna and Rodger. We hiked up into the foothills and to a gorgeous rocky wash that overlooked the city. It was at the top after 20 minutes of walking that we realized Rodger did not have the shirt that we picked out packed. Thankfully the simple grey tee came through and they still looked fabulous, don’t you think?
The rest of our time was spent seeing what family we could, going for runs in delightfully warm weather, visiting Los Poblanos – an organic farm, b+b, and wedding venue that I’m dying to shoot at, eating at my cousin’s brewery : Bosque Brewing, photographing baby Jovie – my second cousin, spending the day in Santa Fe, stopping on the side of the road to take photos and of course enjoying as much red and green chile as we could handle. It went by much too quickly, but I’m so glad we had the chance to go!