Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Mexico

We returned today from our trip to New Mexico to visit my grandmother, Nancy. We had a wonderful time and only wished we could have stayed longer. We left Macon last Sunday, drove for about 16 hours and then stopped for the night in Oklahoma. The next day we only had about eight more hours of driving before checking into our hotel in Albuquerque. We took the boys swimming in the hotel pool and settled into bed early.

On Tuesday, we headed over to Nancy's house where we decided that it would be a good day to visit the Acoma Pueblo. The Acoma land is just beautiful, both on the grounds of the reservation and up on the bluff where the pueblo is located. We had a nice time, despite the fact that Oliver decided to practice his "terrible twos" behavior while we were on a guided tour 367 feet above our car. Here are some pictures of this part of our trip:

The next day, Matt took a side trip to Chaco Canyon, which we decided would be too long of a drive for the boys. Nancy and I took Henry and Oliver to an Albuquerque children's museum called Explora! It is a really fantastic museum with many ways for children to experiment and learn.

On Thursday morning, we woke up to snow on the ground and more still falling. We were a little concerned because this was to be our last day in Albuquerque and Henry had his heart set on doing two more things--riding the tramway to the crest of the Sandias, and "climbing a mountain." We decided not to let the snow get in our way.

On the way up in the tram, the operator told us (and the skiers and snowboarders that were riding with us) that there were 69 inches of packed snow at the crest and 12-16 inches of powder. The boys had a great time playing in the snow (which was up to their waists in some spots) and we had a nice little picnic in the visitors center.

Riding up in the Tram

Both boys LOVED it when Daddy threw them into snow drifts!

Back down the mountain

After our return trip in the tram (and while the boys were still in their snow clothes), we headed to the foothills of the Sandias, so Henry could "climb a mountain."

The boys were very excited to see so many cacti.


After some naps, swimming, and dinner with Nancy, we ended the evening with a short drive to see a herd of buffalo and the sunset on the mountains.

Here are a few more pictures from our trip:

Nancy teaching Henry to play the piano

Henry and Oliver exploring Nancy's backyard

and hanging out with the Conquistador

On the way home, we took a side trip to the Washita Battlefield in Oklahoma. We felt that the boys needed a little time out of the car after seven hours of driving, so we decided to take a little hike (despite the very windy weather).

Oliver wanted to be carried after a few minutes. (One of his new favorite phrases is, "It's too hard!" pronounced in his whiniest voice.)

But Henry ran and ran...

for about a mile and a half!

Oliver used this time to nap.


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Melissa said...

It sounds like it was a great trip. The children's museum looked pretty sweet. Can you tell me the secret to getting kids to behave on long car trips?