Change of Scenery - Good for the Soul!

Randy and I have spent the past week in Angel Fire, New Mexico.  A close friend owns a home in the mountains and she invited us to spend the week here with her.  Two other long time friends joined us and it was great getting to spend times and catch up with one another in the midst of this gorgeous scenery. 

As it always seems to be for me, I need a vacation to rest, but spend some of my time doing work.  This week was no different.  After looking at work emails for the first few days, and actually doing some, albeit minimal, work remotely, I finally stopped looking at the work emails knowing if I was really needed, they would text me.  In my defense, I hate returning to work to 500+ emails so I was trying to minimize that pain!

I also see a week away as a great time to catch up on my photography business that I don't always have adequate time to focus on.  Alas, I was not as productive as I would like to have been, but console myself with the thought that some of the time just relaxing and playing games and taking long walks was needed therapy as well! 

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Mountain get away

Vacation Get Away - I am writing this at an elevation of about 8500 ft. and enjoying the cool temperatures, majestic mountains, and tons of trees that I don't see in Texas.  We have also seen a number of critters, large and small, that include deer, elk, wild turkeys, chipmunks, prairie dogs, rabbits, lots of birds, cows (yes up on the mountain), and thankfully no bears, although they are known to live up here.  And we experienced a hail storm one evening that left ice on the deck and some remained in shady places for a couple of days and then another hail storm a few days later! 

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Day 1 we spent the afternoon and early evening in Taos enjoying some of the art galleries, talking with another photographer who had some beautiful images for sale, and then we listened to a musician group from Texas at the Taos Inn.  They are in Taos for a music festival that culminated Saturday night in a big barn dance.  It was an unexpected and unplanned adventure, but one we truly enjoyed. 

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Day 2 we drove up to the top of one of the mountains in an off road vehicle and ate a picnic lunch while enjoying the scenery and the atmosphere.     Day 3 we took a long walk further up the mountain than anticipated. Had to call Randy to come pick us up before we made it back to the house.  Definitely not in shape for this altitude!  Evening of Day 2 or 3 - we sat on the deck marveling at the millions of stars in the sky, including the Milky Way, and appreciating the majesty of God's creation.  I tried my skills at capturing the night sky - definitely a challenge I will have to work at a bit more!    

A few more apple slices and she might have walked on over to us. 

A few more apple slices and she might have walked on over to us. 

Day 3 maybe 4 (starting to lose track of the days - that's a good sign)  relaxing and hanging out at the house.  Day 5 we listened to a church service online and then drove to Red River for lunch and a little strolling and shopping - Randy sat on a bench while Dana and I shopped.  In the evening we grilled chicken and veggie kabobs while Randy watched the Cowboys.  Sure glad they won, he would have been very unhappy!  And the meal was excellent! 

In another couple of weeks, these aspens will be golden and spectacular!

In another couple of weeks, these aspens will be golden and spectacular!

 Day 6 - last day - took another long walk, this time down to the meadow where we saw more cows.  Notice I said DOWN to the meadow - which means we had to walk back UP to the house.  At about 2.25 miles, we called Randy to come get us, but after several calls and texts with no response, we pressed on and made it home, albeit a bit worn out and before the afternoon rain storm accompanied by hail again began.  And Randy's phone was on SILENT!!

Two moms and three babies showed up one late afternoon in the front yard. 

Two moms and three babies showed up one late afternoon in the front yard. 

We,  Randy and I, have been enjoying the company and generosity of a very sweet and long-time friend Dana.  It is so refreshing to get away from the daily schedule and let our minds clear a bit.  I did bring my laptop and my camera, so have not totally disconnected, but have been able to get some things accomplished that I don't always have time to do.  

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Pretty spectacular scenery that can't really be captured by a camera.  You have to be there to take in the fresh, cool air, the smell of the pines and spruces, and the ever changing skies.            Til next time! 

Red River, New Mexico

Red River, New Mexico