So as some of you may have heard, we ended up postponing our trip to Australia, it’s a long story but was just too much for us right after the wedding and right before the holidays.
If you’re an SD Member you know that our December Wellness Session kicked off this week, and we would have lost a lot of planning time for this session if we went on a big trip right away. We pushed the trip back until 2015, pictures to come!
But we still wanted to take a mini trip… somewhere relaxing, where we could still get some work done… so off to New Mexico we went!
You might be thinking “what’s in New Mexico?” Well so was I :) We were both so surprised by how cool New Mexico was!
We stayed in the most amazing Adobe house in Taos, a little ski town about 2.5- 3 hours from Albuquerque. With a population just under 6,000 people it was very quiet. We rented the house Via airbnb if you don’t have an account you should, it’s free!
The house we stayed in was full of local art, apparently a lot of artists move to Taos or retire there.
We had a lot of fun checking out little shops, art galleries and of course their local health food store: Cid’s Food Market.
Cid’s was amazing, they had everything we needed, plus some! It seriously reminded me of our natural food store Jimbo’s Naturally, as both companies have been in business about the same amount of time and each give back to local charities using the token system when you bring your own bags.
We made a friend, Mark, in the produce section. He gave us a little background on the store and a really helpful map of Taos. We even saw Cid working up in his office overlooking the store! Mark said he comes in every day and works just like everyone else… we think that’s pretty cool!
Since we had the most amazing kitchen in Taos, and all the time in the world, I cooked all of our meals and Peter was in charge of keeping the fire going :)
We made juice every morning, smoothies, big fall salads, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with chocolate frosting, drank tea every night (keep reading for the giveaway!) and ate lots of dark chocolate. One night we even got a bar with coffee in it and didn’t dig in until 10pm… needless to say that was the night we stayed up until 2pm watching Christmas movies.
We did some running, which surprisingly wasn’t too cold for us Californians even though the temperatures were in 30-40s! I think the elevation helped… we were pretty much running on a mountain!
We went on a hike while in Taos where I totally felt the elevation gain! (Taos is 7,000 feet above sea level. We live at 52!)
And we saw the Rio Grande River… which was seriously breathtaking. The owner of the house we stayed at said her entire family did a 2-day rafting trip last summer and now we’re considering making a trip next summer and tackling it as well.
I must say it was a long car ride… like whoa!
We downloaded a bunch of playlists, podcasts and even bought a book on Audible, but next time we go we’re flying to Albuquerque and driving to Taos from there.
Taos is very interesting as the population is mixed between Caucasians, Hispanics and Native Americans. And you can tell there is an income divide, the town seems very poor but then you go into the shops and everything is very expensive. Apparently a lot of famous people live here while others struggle to find work or work multiple jobs to support themselves.
If you know much about history (Peter and I are the worst!) then you know New Mexico has a lot of history going on. New Mexico used to be the wild west where they solved things via shootings and the owner of the house we stayed with said they still do that… yikes!
It was strange but we didn’t feel like the town was unsafe, no one really goes out of their way to bother you. We decided it’s a place where everyone minds their own business and as long as you do the same, you won’t have any trouble.
So all in all we had an awesome time! Like 1,000 times more awesome then I ever expected!
Oh and we also spent 2 magical days in Sedona, AZ – but I’m saving that post for another time!
On to the Giveaway
While in Taos we picked up this amazing tea from Taos Tea Co and drank it like crazy, so we brought 2 bags to giveaway to 1 lucky reader.
What you get
- Good Morning Tea – ginseng, ginger, alfalfa, licorice, rose hips, cinnamon and orange peel
- Good Evening Tea – chamomile, quakers bonnet, passion flower and spearmint (this one is my favorite!)
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