A Six Year Old, His Family & New Mexico in a Whirlwind

Climbing hills outside Santa Fe (we camped for the night)

Climbing hills outside Santa Fe (we camped for the night)

cacati flowering near our campsite

cacati flowering near our campsite

We had been counting down to this day for about a month now.  Not only was it our youngest child’s birthday, but it was the day his big sister and niece were coming to visit us for 6 weeks.  Excitement in the air is an understatement.

Morning found us driving thru the windy streets of Santa Fe looking at all the adobe houses of sandy hues on rolling hills.  Downtown was of the same decor with bigger buildings.  We discovered The Plaza where we strolled the streets browsing in a few gift & artsy stores where chilies hung as welcoming signs.  Little looks like the Old Santa Fe Trail.  All commercialized now, but you can read snippets of history throughout The Plaza.

Old Santa Fe Trail

Old Santa Fe Trail

Interesting architecture

Interesting architecture, I like it

Peppers by the millions

Peppers by the millions

Selling jewelry, dolls, small pottery the entire block from cloths on the sidewalk

Selling jewelry, dolls, small pottery the entire block from cloths on the sidewalk

pouring over the city map

pouring over the city map

Spitz clock

Spitz clock.  Laars’ new thing is finding clocks everywhere.

Spitz clock signBack in the late 1700’s this area of the country was owned by Spain, then it was owned by Mexico.  Come 1846 Santa Fe became part of the United States.  Pieces of land and buildings changed ownership from country to country, not just person to person.

A block from The Plaza the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi chimed its bells beckoning us to enter.  At the sight of the church Anders wore a big grin.  Churches are one of the things he admires.

Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

About the oddest crucifix I've ever seen.

About the oddest crucifix I’ve ever seen.

Beautiful sculpturing at the entrance way

Beautiful sculpturing at the entrance way

Looking towards the altar

Looking towards the altar

Looking towards the back of the church.  Laars loved the ceiling.

Looking towards the back of the church. Laars loved the ceiling.

I wonder how much is spent on candles annually.

I wonder how much is spent on candles annually.

Prayer of St Francis

Prayer of St Francis

Laars hanging out with St Francis of Assisi

Laars hanging out with St Francis of Assisi

St Anthony of Padua

St Anthony of Padua

Our Birthday Boy was itching for promised pizza and TripAdvisor delivered right on the money.  We took their advise and had lunch at Backroad Pizza where we sat under the tree outside where big round metal tables gave us amples of space though we still had to work at hiding from the sun.  Laars opened his gift from the family while our meal was worked on.

Opening gift

Opening gift

Polished rocks.  Laars loves colourful and sparkly things.

Polished rocks. Laars loves colourful and sparkly things.  We are now going to try and limit his ‘treasures’ to this one box rather than all the pockets he can find in clothing, his backpack, little cup-holders in his booster seat, etc.  He collects what I consider garbage everywhere we go.  This is our tactile learner but our van can only carry so much stuff and I’m not willing to move over for piles of garbage.

Guessing which rock he picked

Guessing which rock he picked

Cutting our pizzas

Cutting our pizzas

He loved his pizza (as did the rest of us.  Worth coming back for)

He loved his pizza (as did the rest of us. Worth coming back for)

With a few hours left before Rauchelle and Marin arrived in Albuquerque we headed for the bigger city anticipating a short visit to Petroglyphs National Monument.  But things heated up as we drove there and by the time we used the washrooms to wet down our heads nobody was interested in scouting out old scratches in rock with no sun cover.

Looks to me like a pregnant belly with an outtie.

Looks to me like a pregnant belly with an outtie.

I didn't realize Dr Seuss lived way back then.  Looks to me like one of his creatures.

I didn’t realize Dr Seuss lived way back then. Looks to me like one of his creatures.

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It was in the low 100’s and a stupid idea of mine for such a day as this I realized after the fact.  All we wanted to do at this point was find a mall with air conditioning.  We decided we might as well just head to the airport early and hang out until our girls’ plane arrived about 5pm.  However, on the way there the kids and I decided that chewing on ice cubes would be a fun thing to do so we pulled over at a gas station, bought cubes for $1.99 and crunched and slurped away on melting ice while hiding from the scorching sun.  Some things in life are free, or nearly free.  What a cheap treat it was.

Rauchelle and Marin (our 2nd born daughter and her first child)

Rauchelle and Marin (our 2nd born daughter and her first child)

Greeters of the Burkes

Greeters of the Burkes

Our van full of family, camping gear and baby paraphernalia we headed for the 4.5 hr late-night drive to our camping home base in Cortez, Colorado.  Rauchelle pulled out a birthday gift for Laars who was able to add his glittering jewels and shiny bells to his new treasure box, and we stopped for impromptu supper alongside the road

where we had supper

where we had supper

View from our roadside kitchen

View from our roadside kitchen, Grampa with Marin

Supper in a hurry

Supper in a hurry

Laars gets bling-blings from Rauchelle to add to his treasure book

Laars gets bling-blings from Rauchelle to add to his treasure book

Rauchelle along for the ride back to Cortez

Rauchelle along for the ride back to Cortez 

before continuing on our journey, arriving back home after midnight where we happily fell into bed.  It had been a l-o-n-g day for all of us.

3 thoughts on “A Six Year Old, His Family & New Mexico in a Whirlwind

  1. I LOVE all the things you find to do that are fun and free and you all seem to appreciate all that you are being exposed to and experiencing. So fun to see your other daughter and GORGEOUS baby. Have fun this July 4th!

    • She is gorgeous, isn’t she? Beautiful blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair.

      Overall, yes, we have a good time learning and doing new things. Usually somebody balking away, but overall interested.

      Did you have a good July 4th? I’m finally going to post about ours. Haven’t had internet.

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