Fall is a great time to visit Northern New Mexico because the air is fresher, it still rains, but not as much, and the leaves are turning colors, especially the aspens at the higher elevations. The altitude at The Nickel and Dime is a little too low for aspens, but as we drove north toward Taos, the aspen leaves shimmered like gold against the green pines. Wouldn't these colors make a gorgeous quilt?
Last week was fun because Tom's Wisconsin cousins, Donna, Richard and Tanya, came for a visit.
At Taos, we saw assorted folk wandering about in interesting outfits and made a visit to Taos Pueblo where people have lived for at least 1000 years. The pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, according to their website. Donna, Tanya and I explored the pueblo's shops and galleries while Tom and Richard sat by the incredibly clear river and eavesdropped on the extremely knowledgeable tour guide.
The ladies and I also made a short visit to Las Vegas and its plaza.
Santa Fe's Plaza was the place for some power shopping while the guys chilled on some benches listening to electronic harp music while watching a tweaker make balloon animals. That's why Santa Fe is called The City Different.
At home we ate too much, laughed a lot, and talked about family history.
Here are Tanya and Richard, ready for our Santa Fe visit.
Miss Bonnie came from her royal room upstairs to say hello to the guests. Richard even had a lap cat for awhile.
The guys got in a little hunting, but be assured that no animals were harmed. There was more sitting and looking at the view than anything else.
It was a golden time, visiting with the family, and the house feels empty without them.