On Facing Fears and the Game of G.N.A.R.

On the drive up to Taos, I told Chase my plan to hang out in the lodge the whole weekend instead of skiing.  This trip terrified me; how did people find skiing fun? I had good reason to be afraid.  On a middle school "ski" trip, my biggest accomplishment was making a snow angel and then downing hot chocolate.  Two years ago, I was invited to ski with some friends, and got injured early on the first day.  I spent New Years Eve in the emergency room.  I had barely even made it down a run in the Midwest, so how was I going to survive a western mountain?!

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Carlsbad Caverns

I didn't think I'd ever have an opportunity to visit Carlsbad Caverns, which are located in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. Let alone be flown there by my boyfriend, Chase.

Let alone almost die en route.  But I'll get to that…first thing's first.

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Sunsets at White Sands

My aunt used to have a jar of black sand in her china cabinet.  As a kid, whenever we would visit her house, I'd imagine how she had gotten such a thing as black sand. Surely she had journeyed to a island and received it as a token of friendship from a jungle person.  Or maybe she knew someone really rich who flew her in a jet to the base of a volcano to collect it.  Whatever it was, "Your uncle and I bought it in Hawaii" was not an unacceptable explanation.

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Favorites from Santa Fe

Sante Fe, New Mexico has a cool vibe going on.  Native American and Spanish influence, coupled with huge art scene makes it interesting just to wander around the town and people watch.  Here are some of my favorite images that really capture the heart of this town.

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Treat myself to a full body massage

My dad and I were paging through my book 1000 Places To See Before You Die trying to get ideas of places we could send my mom on a surprise 50th birthday getaway.  We stumbled upon this: “Take the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese hot-springs…move it outdoors, add the panorama of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the perfume of piñon pines and juniper bushes..and you get…a one-of-a-kind wellness retreat.”

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