I Love New Mexico

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Archive for the ‘New Mexico Lodging/Travel’ Category

May - 23 - 2013

The New Mexico Tourism Department is looking for great New Mexico stories – your’s, mine, our’s.  Whatever great New Mexico story you have to tell.  They want to know all about what New Mexico means to you.  And if the tale is compelling and clever and very “New Mexico True,” you could win the grand prize of $5,000.  Check the contest out here.  I’m totally in.  From my first red bikini swim in Cimarron Canyon at 3 years old to my childhood camping trips at Tres Ritos to my high school water skiing days on Ute Lake to my dinner  [ Read More ]

April - 23 - 2013

If you’re not already a fan, I run an incredibly successful Facebook page that was originally created to promote this blog. It is appropriately called “I Love New Mexico” and from October 2011, when it was created with about 200 fans, it’s grown of over 6,400 fans. The growth isn’t because I’m such a brilliant Facebook strategist. It’s attributable to the fact that lots of folks do actually LOVE New Mexico. And they love the images I find, from photos of dive bars south of Las Cruces to the breathtaking majesty of Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu. I seldom post an  [ Read More ]

March - 14 - 2013

Repost in honor of National Pie Day.  I wrote this for a good friend of mine.  You might like to try it yourself. For good fortune in 2013, head for the Continental Divide and Pie Town in western New Mexico. If you don’t love pie, go ahead and shoot yourself, because there’s no purpose to life without pie (or so they say in Pie Town). In fact, if you don’t love pie, this fortune may be exactly what you need in 2011, because the purpose is to show you something new, exciting and unexpected. If your schedule permits, plan your visit to  [ Read More ]

March - 7 - 2013

I’m reposting this to give you yet another look at one of my New Mexico Favorites.  The 3 Bears Lodge really launched my blogging career by providing me with the perfect subject to convey my love of New Mexico.  And then recently they donated a stay in the lodge to a benefit held in my honor.  I can’t let that kindness go unnoticed.  The bottom line is:  if you’re looking for a fun, clean place to stay in Red River where the hosts will treat you like family, this is it.  Here’s the prior post in its entirety: I’m a  [ Read More ]

June - 26 - 2012

The rules of blogging are clear.  You are NEVER to apologize to your readers for being absent.  But honestly, folks, I’m feeling extremely contrite about how long it’s taken me to get a blog post put together.  So I have to apologize.  And then I have to explain why I’m so harried and short on time right this minute.   If you’ve ever lived in a small town and served as a volunteer, you might have some understanding of my current dilemma.  I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Logan Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce, and we’re  [ Read More ]

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February - 5 - 2012

When I started writing this blog in December 2009, I had a couple of very simple goals.  I wanted to write about New Mexico, land that I love (that phrase always makes me feel like I should break into song), and I wanted to record some of my thoughts for my kids.  It seemed simpler than writing a memoir that might or might not get published.  Mostly I just wanted to feed my need to write something every day. What I didn’t foresee was how this blog would lead to acquaintances and friendships with so many people from so many  [ Read More ]

January - 5 - 2012

I suffered a significant loss in my personal life this past week, right after Christmas, and on days when I thought my heart might burst, I talked to friends and wrote pointless essays and did a lot of praying and meditating.  Finally, after four days of aimless wandering through what felt like an emotional minefield, I got a call from my friend Haleigh in Taos.  “Come see me,” she said.  “You can stay at my place and I’ll feed you and keep your wine glass full and listen to you talk.” Spending a couple of days with an old friend  [ Read More ]

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December - 21 - 2011

I spent the past weekend in Santa Fe, Christmas shopping with Johanna, Robin and Sabrina while TJ and Taylor snow skied.  It was, as a weekend in Santa Fe always is, fun.  (I started to write “magical” or “amazing,” and then stopped myself – doesn’t everyone use those words to describe Santa Fe?   And don’t their right-on-the-edge-of-New-Age-metaphysical descriptions of my state’s capitol always irritate me?) Let me tell you something about a weekend in Santa Fe, though.  It’s always fun.  Santa Fe feels like New Mexico (despite some frequent pretension by a shopkeeper or two), its always beautiful, the food  [ Read More ]

September - 6 - 2011

 I’m headed off to Fiesta de Santa and the burning of Zozobra in a couple of days. Haven’t been in years – the last time I went to Zozobra, Johanna was little enough to require a babysitter. I took Zachary and went with my friend Patti and her son, Sam, and like everyone else, we sat on a blanket in Fort Marcy Park, eating all the junk foods we forbade ourselves the rest of the year – spray cheese, excessive licorice, meringues, chocolate milano cookies. . . It was our way of celebrating the end of Old Man Gloom. And  [ Read More ]

August - 27 - 2011

Last Sunday, my daughter posted on Facebook that she was headed to Santa Fe on the Railrunner with a plan to spend her last day of summer being a total tourist before classes began at UNM.  I posted back “May I join you?  Lunch, maybe?”  And before she could reply in the affirmative, I was on the road. Yes, it’s a 2 hour and 45 minute drive.  Yes, I probably needed to spend a day pulling grassburrs out of the flower beds.  Yes, I probably could have saved the gas money for a longer trip elsewhere.   But some days you just have  [ Read More ]

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