road tripping to thirty

When faced with troubling situations, my father would sometimes say “don’t concentrate on the whole forest but instead cut one tree down at a time” and I have adopted this approach for my traveling adventures as well. At my old apartment, I had a map of the world (the forest) hanging on a wall and I would look at it and become overwhelmed because there were (and still are) so many places I would like to visit. But taking in consideration what my Dad would say I’m knocking these trees down one country, city, island and state at a time!

So as my thirtieth birthday quickly approached, I knew a trip was highly appropriate. I thought about doing my long awaited trip to Greece and Turkey or finally travel to Northern Africa but the more I thought overseas I asked myself what about the states!? Why do I always opt for overseas destinations instead of playing in my own “backyard”!? So viola…..the states it is! I began to think, “somewhere in the west for sure because I haven’t done it much justice and I’ve simply overdone the east coast. So maybe I should do a road trip from New Mexico to Arizona to Southern California and drive up the coast with Lake Tahoe as the final destination. Hmmmm, sounds great!!” I continued to think “that’s a lot of time off of work so maybe I’ll just stick to road tripping through one state. Why not just do New Mexico!” So there you have it folks, that’s how I arrived at road tripping to thirty through New Mexico and now that the trip has come to a close I must say this was by far one of the best trips I have ever taken.

Route 160. Durango, Colorado

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Cottage. Ravens Ridge Bed & Breakfast. Sante Fe, New Mexico

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 claw foot tub!!!

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Bandelier National Monument. Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Could you imagine making a home in the rock mountains pictured below? Well over 10,000 years ago, thats exactly what the Pueblo Native Americans did. Unbelievable!!

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Chimayo. Chimayo, New Mexico

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Old Town. Sante Fe, New Mexico

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Pueblo Cultural Center. Albuquerque, New Mexico

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ceremonial re-enactment

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 “Pueblo people will survive because our ancestors are with us”

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Sandia Peak. Albuquerque, New Mexico

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10,000 feet.

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Unknown town, New Mexico

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White Sands National Park. Alamogordo, New Mexico

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” Relationships, of all kinds, are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”   -Kaleel Jamison

Touche my friend, touche!

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Unknown town, New Mexico

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A Rainbow; Gods Convenant. Genesis 9: 13-17

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Fuel Mining. Indian Reservation

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Carlsbad Caverns. Carlsbad, New Mexico

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Carlsbad, New Mexico

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I count each of my travels as an utter blessing and whether the trip is big or small, i try not to take one moment for granted. This was my first, and wont be my last time traveling by myself so go ahead and call me a loner but my ‘cup’ of curiosity and contentment runneth over by the end of this trip. I was so at peace! My home girl, called it my ‘eat, pray, love’ trip and i ain’t even mad at that label. For those of you, like myself, that thrive off of planning and taking the next trip I hope this post encourages you to go ahead and book that trip you have been mulling over. And for those that want to travel but your means, fears and/or imagination just wont let you be great then I pray this post is part of your breakthrough.

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Until next time…..besos!

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