Holy smokes, I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since my trip to New Mexico. How is that even possible? Either way, it was such an incredible weekend! When we landed in New Mexico, it felt like I was entering an entirely different world.
Toto? We aren’t in Kansas anymore.
The landscape, the architecture, the vibe, the people and the food are completely different than anything I’ve seen/felt/experienced. It was my first time in this part of the country. Being the foodie that I am, I was VERY excited for the authentic, REAL Mexican food. I love me some tex mex, but I wanted the real stuff. Luckily, you can find authentic cuisine just about anywhere, including the back of a pharmacy. We stopped in this native favorite and had some breakfast. Unfortunately, the flight + anxiety + exhaustion + real heavy food did NOT work for me. I was pretty sick for a few hours after. I was happy to see that we had a room with mountain views though!
Luckily I rallied in time for the rehearsal and dinner!
The lovely bride and groom!
After the rehearsal, we went up to Mary’s room to help her finish some last minute wedding prep! We stuffed favor boxes with bizcochitos, the state cookie of New Mexico, stamped place cards and put together menus! It was really fun to get to know her bridesmaids and spend some time with her!
After we prepped everything, it was time to head over to the BBQ rehearsal dinner. When I think New Mexico, I don’t think BBQ, but this place was really good. It’s called the County Line and it’s right at the bottom of the mountain. In addition to good food, the views were ahhhh-mazing.
After the dinner, my roomie and I (a former colleague of mine!) went out for a few drinks. Because of how long the day was, we didn’t stay out long and were fast asleep as soon as we got back to the room! The wedding the next day didn’t start until 6 and we wanted to see some of the sights so we walked around Old Town, ate, and did a bit of shopping.
I ordered an omelet with green chili. It was SO GOOD. The chili was spicy, but not too spicy, and the omelet was so flavorful. Since they gave me enough to feed 5 families, I barely made a dent. Speaking of chili, there were dried chili bundles EVERYWHERE. I’m assuming it’s just a decoration thing, but they were on almost every building.
After the sight seeing, we decided to check out the world famous tram. I, of course, didn’t know what a tram was before we got there because if I had, I probably wouldn’t have gone with such excitement. It’s a big ol’ metal box that hangs from cable cords as it goes up a mountain. A girl who is ABSOLUTELY terrified of heights should probably stay away, right? That wasn’t an option so I chose to chug a drink instead with Patrick, a boyfriend of one of the bridesmaids. He wanted to check it out too so he tagged along with us.
I almost threw up like 6 times, but the views truly made up for it. It was surreal being so high up on a mountain! Trees that are a couple hundred feet tall looked like specs and the town looked so quaint and quiet.
It was a little hazy so it was hard to see, but the views were still magnificent.
I was much more inclined to take pictures when I was safe on the ground.
After the tram it was time to rush back to the hotel to get all pretty for the wedding. Mary was an INCREDIBLY beautiful bride, the ceremony was touching and the reception was so much fun.
Okay so this post took me 4 hours. I’m done now. If you want to know more, just ask me 🙂