This year, instead of the beach, we went in search of cooler temps and a little altitude. We ended up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, and it was an absolutely awesome adventure. We rented a cabin up in Alto, and WOWSA, this was some cabin. They advertised it as “secluded” which was exactly what we were looking for and it truly was. We could only see the roof of one other house and a few other places that were quite some distance away from the huge deck, where Derek and I spent every morning and evening with our coffee and/or other tasty beverage. We were surrounded by gorgeous pine trees and were visited daily by deer, elk, wild turkeys and about a bazillion hummingbirds.
We did all sorts of fun stuff during our week in our nice cool paradise. The kids had a blast riding the gondola at Ski Apache, hiking, fishing, going to the horse races, shopping, eating out and just exploring everything Ruidoso had to offer. It rained a few days that we were there, and none of us even minded, we just snuggled up in blankets, put another pot of coffee on and spent tons of fun family time playing games and goofing off. I think a TV might have been turned on briefly one time during the entire trip. I have always considered myself a beach girl, but I tell ya, those mountains were SO relaxing. Just sitting out on that deck, smelling the pines and listening to the birds lowers the blood pressure considerably. I think I read a total of 4 books in the week were gone, and at home that would take me months.
We took loads of pictures (act surprised!), mostly with our iPhones, but a few with the real camera, too, so I threw together a couple of collages to make them all fit into one post. If you don’t use BlogStomp, I highly recommend it, it makes short work of a LOT of photos at once and is super easy to use.