Friday, April 30, 2010

The saying "Getting there is half the fun" is an understatement.  Our weekend getaway trip started with a sign warning us of a fire that closed the only highway between Cimmaron and Taos, NM.  We stopped for gas (just in case we had to turn around and retrace our steps) and the cashier informed me that the road had opened again.  The wind was 60 mph with gusts up to 80!  As we started towards the mountains we began to notice flakes of snow trying to impede our progress.  The weird thing was that no matter which direction the car was pointed, the snow was blowing directly at us.  Another strange phenomena was that the snow was not hitting the windshield.  It was snowing sideways and only 3 feet above the ground.  Soon we were in a full blown, all out blizzard and the road was extremely twisted and steep with many hair-pin turns.  The Sun had put its time in for the day and the reduction of visibility coupled with the white wall of frozen precipitation made it impossible to distinguish lanes in the already narrow road.  Time came to a near standstill when it took 15-20 minutes to travel 2 miles.  Three snow plows cleared the way for traffic heading in the opposite direction and I told Stacie that she was blazing the trail.  After many hours of concentrated efforts we arrived in Taos and quickly found the comfort of warm hotel room.  We toured Taos, visited the Rio Grande River Bridge and even made the time for a couple garage sales.  After our wonderful day in Taos, we drove to Sante Fe where I am typing this.  Stacie is patiently waiting to go walk the "Plaza" in the downtown area.  One of the garage salers lives in Sante Fe and gave us the local scoop on where to go, what to do and what to eat so we are off to new adventures!  How hard will you work to relax?

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