NM Experiences

I just go home from an amazing two week vacation visiting friends and family in New Mexico.  Wonderful things come to those that go on vacations without expectations, which I think is why this trip was so amazing and full of lots of happy memories.  I’m a native of New Mexico, so I have seen and done alot in the Land of Enchantment… still, there are many, many places I have yet to discover there. My focus was quite simple this trip:  read.  Well… that was my “plan” anyway.  I finished only one of three books I brought.  I was happily interrupted with new “plans”.  Thanks to a long time friend who wanted to go get a drink and catch up. My cousin Polly, who stays routinely busy in an extreme way, was actually not going to be working the week I was visiting, and so I took the opportunity to drive the 1-1/2 hours to Santa Rosa and spend the day with her, her husband, my cousin David, and dear friends that are like family.  I got hooked into being interviewed that evening for David’s part during the Service Meeting at the Kingdom Hall, since the part required some shared insight from one with children, and no one in the Hall had kids ( awe man no way out of this one ).   I’m not one to get up in front of a group willingly or volunteringly on stage and speak ( well without some xanex ) except for photography… not sure why that is different?  Anywho what a warm experience it was to share – encouraging to me and to the congregation there. Yay!

Polly owns and operates Santa Fe Art Collector, an art gallery in Santa Fe.  I’ve discovered an artist who’s work is absolutely beautiful and makes me smile everytime my eyes come across her work.  I’m not usually like that… but she stands out, so I’ve got to mention her, Mikki Senkarik.  Please take a look, it’ll make you go to your happy place, and if you don’t have one… we’ll your bound to find one in her work.

David is an architect, who just recently moved back to Santa Rosa from Brooklynn, NY.  I’m excited to see his newest project a memorial for Route 66 in Santa Rosa, what an addition and new site to see in this peaceful little town!

My niece Brianna who came to Santa Rosa with me, experienced lots of “firsts”  those couple days.  One was Blue Hole.  This was a first for me too.  I had looked at it once, but it was too cold to go swiming then.  Refreshing isn’t quite the way to describe it, especially on a hot 100* day.  The water there is a constant 64 degrees.  It was COLD!  No really.  COLD!  It took us several tries before we engulfed our entire bodies into that 81 foot deep blue fresh water spring … but once you get used to it the fun begins.  My niece finally gathered some courage and jumped off the ledge.  I was so proud of her, oh how she is growing up!  I see the attraction of scuba divers now…. I just got a peek with David’s goggles under the water, this beautiful clear blue water transforms you into another world of peace, movement, and beauty.

I spent two seperate afternoons in the cultural mix of motorcycles, steel, turquoise and art that is called Madrid.  My niece LOVES this town, so we made it a point to visit.  Check out my Madrid Food blog for some more insight on places to eat.  I hit up my favorite stores, enjoyed looking at the art… which is creatively inspiring and motivating for you creative souls like me – my brain was spining with ideas.  I happily discovered that the once ” Maggie’s Diner ” that was at one time just a stage prop for the movie Wild Hogs, Wild Hogs hangerand a great background for groupies of the movie to take a picture in front of, had been turned into a shop too… yay! (my husband will be so happy next time he visits ).  Now you can purchase all the touristy type merchandise that says Maggie’s Diner, Wild Hogs, and Madrid on it.  I had to purchase a t-shirt for my motorcycle riding husband & bandana for my nephew.

My other days were filled with quiet mornings and coffee with my mom, silly moments with my two nieces and nephew, meals with my brother and sister-in-law, and assisting my mom with her bathroom remodel …. oh and a little reading { smile }.

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Food in Madrid, NM

 I had to make a seperate post just for the food in Madrid.  What can I say?  It was sooooo good!

 If you visit Madrid, you have to stop in at the Mine Shaft Tavern, just to say you’ve been.   I recommend the Green Chili Stew, its not only good green chili, but will tickle your tastebuds too.  I think I was on a great green chili kick, apparently making up for not getting enough in the year I was away, because I had to try the Pancho Verde Chili Cervesas.                                       Green chili beer?  oh yes! I so will be ordering this on-line soon.

If you go anywhere though, you HAVE to stop at The Hollar. The food presentation was gorgeous.  The flavors burst in your mouth … and you will savor each and every bite!   My mom and I had the fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and the salad.  I’velavendar never had a lavendar bechamel sauce, ever.  I am so ruined here in the south now, for I am sure I will be comparing them to this delicious dish.  The lavendar was such a beautiful compliment.

Salad … who thought I would be raving about a salad?  This baby was good though… thats where the “bursting” comes in.  Everything was fresh and local …. and the fruit burst with excitement… it was the best salad I’ve ever had!

My niece ordered the cheese grits.  I don’t eat grits.  It just never has appealed to me.  My niece and I were on an adventure of “firsts” though…. she had never had fried green tomatoes, which she loved by the way; and I had never had grits …. wowza they were yummy!  Cheesey, but not too cheesy and with the slightest hint of smokey.

We even had live entertainment. 

All I could say was that was an Amazing meal, and whatever you order there… you will not be disappointed.