belated yarn along, and summer vacation in new mexico

I am so very late to yarn along, but better late than never. I am working on a simple watch cap for my husband for when the weather turns this fall. It is this pattern, called Two by Two. I’m using Jojoland’s Baritone Superwash, and it is a superwash merino. Soft, warm, in a vintage tan color.

We went to Santa Fe for a week and explored the area. It is so beautiful there. It’s beauty is very different from the prairie, and also, from my jungly island hometown in Florida. Different, but just as lovely, in its own way. Juniper trees, cholla cacti, dry riverbed, yucca, lizards, birds, and dry air, all set against a starkly beautiful mountain backdrop. The sun was bright, hot, and relentless during the day, and then at night the desert would cool down and be chilly and breezy. Such a land of extremes and intensities!

We went on a few hikes, and the one that stands out the most in my mind was the hike at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. You hike through a slot canyon and then up to the summit of a mountain. It was breathtaking, interesting, and a good hike without being too strenuous. There is some scrambling over rocks and climbing toward the end, but nothing crazy. I saw several lizards, lots of cool wildflowers and trees, and a lot of birds.

We also kayaked 8 miles of the Rio Grande, which was fun and relaxing. I spotted a lot of birds. In some places, the river was so shallow that we had to get out and dislodge our kayaks from the deep mud. We all got sunburned and went back to the cabin we were staying in to slather ourselves in aloe and order takeout New Mexican food.

We visited several parks, one of which was Pecos National Historical Park, where they have an old pueblo and some kivas that you can climb down into. The story of the place is fascinating and troubling, like much of history.

My favorite place to eat in Santa Fe was The Pantry. The food and service were both excellent, it was well-priced, and had a great “local fixture” vibe to it. Another yummy place was Maria’s. We ate dinner at several different places, but I kept finding excuses to go back to The Pantry. I didn’t think to take any photos of my meals, but everything I had was delicious. If you ever go to Santa Fe, check this place out for sure!

At the end of the week, we were all ready to come home to our chickens and pine trees and wide views and rolling prairie grasses. I so love my home. Driving up into our driveway, I noticed several new wildflowers in bloom in the front yard, which is mostly comprised of native prairie flowers and grasses.

Home sweet home. I do so love to travel, and even more, to come home at the end of my travels, and sleep in my own bed!

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