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I blinked and October had passed, November is quickly ending and Thanksgiving is upon us!  Every year, when October hits, I have a bout of melancholy.  My parents both died on October 15th, 25 years apart.  That, coupled with the days getting shorter and the wind blowing, can play havoc with my mind.  So, what’s a person to do?  In my case, I grabbed Randy, Emily and James and we headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico!  My sister and brother in law were out there for a month, housesitting, so off we went.  I went for the FOOD and others went for the galleries, the churches and the scenery.

We managed to cover everyone’s wishes.  We took a trip to Los Alamos, which we had not been to before.  Learned a lot about the Manhattan project and the many people who worked there.  James and Emily posed for insect photos, that seemed strangely out of place in a bomb factory.

Insect photo

Insect photo:  Kids will be kids

We also took a trip to Monastery of Christ in the Desert.  This trip was recommended by one of Randy’s friends.  We now call him “evil” Jimmy!  The one way, dirt road was 13 miles long.  Suffice it to say it was the scariest road I have been on in 20 years.  After we actually made it up to the Monastery, it was gorgeous!  Randy did tell me that they suggested using a 4 wheel drive vehicle, but we made it in the rented mini van.  Here are some photos:

The 13 mile road we might never forget. This part is misleading

The 13 mile road we might never forget. This part is misleading

More gorgeous rock formations

More gorgeous rock formations

Scenery in the desert on the scary road

Scenery in the desert at the end of the scary road

At Christ of the Desert

At Christ of the Desert

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Christ of the Desert Monastery

Christ of the Desert Monastery

After this “scary” road trip, we went to the rooftop bar at La Fonda to drink!

Emily and Randy keeping warm

Emily and Randy keeping warm

Rooftop bar at La Fonda

Rooftop bar at La Fonda

The sky from bar at La Fonda Hotel

The sky from bar at La Fonda Hotel

We also toured some galleries (probably 30!), a museum and several churches.  James was definitely into the art!

James with "face"

James with “FACE”

La Fonda art

La Fonda art

James

James

We also headed to Bandelier National Monument.  Randy, Emily and James climbed the ladder for this photo:

Bandelier National Monument hike

Bandelier National Monument hike

We packed a lot into 4 days and enjoyed every moment.  Thanks MJ and Ray for having us.

Randy and I are looking forward to Thanksgiving with our children and a pack of Voight relatives!  There is so much I am thankful for and excited to see everyone this week!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving.  Let me know what your plans are.

In my other world, I have been making bags, bags and more bags.  Select shop at the top of the page if you want to see what I have created.

Until next time.

Photos are courtesy of Mary Jean, James and Emily.

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TAGS: galleries, La Fonda, Las Alamos, Mexican FOOD, Monastery of Christ in the Desert, santa fe

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