Celebrating One Year in New Mexico

This past week marked our one year anniversary of moving to New Mexico!  The time has definitely flown by.  Jaycob and I have met some amazing people here, found incredible jobs that we love, and have experienced many of the exciting things Santa Fe has to offer.  We are loving our new home in the Southwest and have had some amazing adventures in the past 12 months. 

Here are 25 highlights of the past year in the Land of Sunshine, in no particular order...

1.  Lots of hiking, including to the highest point in Santa Fe

2.  Green Chile

3.  Hot Air Balloon Ride

4.  Taking a pottery class

5.  New Mexican sunsets!

6.  Adopting our puppy

7.  Discovering New Mexican brews

8.  Making friends!

9.  Attending Indian Market, Spanish Market, and several art festivals

10.  Exploring Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks and Petroglyphs National Monument

11.  Santa Fe Fiesta and the Burning of Zozobra

12.  Santa Fe Rodeo

13.  Viewing a traditional Feast Day celebration at Taos Pueblo

14.  Nighttime "Balloon Glow" as part of the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

15.  Riding the World's Longest Tram at Sandia Mountain

16.  Browsing the art galleries on Canyon Road

17.  Gorgeous mountain drives

18.  Best food in the U.S.

19.  Skiing Santa Fe and Taos

20.  Hot Springs at Ojo Caliente

21.  Solar Eclipse!

22.  Lobos football game
23.  Exploring Old Town Albuquerque

24.  Attending Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis

25.  Camping at Carson National Forest and Navajo Lake State Park

Besides these and many other adventures I've had this year, there are so many additional things I'd like to experience in New Mexico!  Here are my Top 25 bucket list items for the upcoming year (or two or three)...

1.  Backpacking
2.  Hiking Wheeler Peak
3.  Georgia O'Keeffe museum
4.  Albuquerque Isotopes baseball game
5.  Stay at the Inn and Spa at Loretto
6.  Horseback Riding
7.  Wine Tasting
8.  Hiking in Abiquiu
9.  White Water Rafting
10.  Santa Fe Opera
11.  Seeing the famous spiral staircase at the Loretto Chapel
12.  Fly Fishing
13.  Volunteering with Equine Therapy
14.  Paddle Boarding
15.  Four Corners
16.  Witnessing the Mass Ascension at the International Balloon Festival
17.  Hiking in the Gila Wilderness
18.  Albuquerque Biological Park and Zoo
19.  Hot Springs at Truth or Consequences
20.  Carlsbad Caverns National Park
21.  Joining a community orchestra
22.  Bandelier National Monument
23.  Seeing the Christmastime luminaries on Canyon Road
24.  Santuario de Chimayo
25.  Rocking Climbing


  1. I can help you with a few of these. For starters - I have some free passes to O'Keeffe!!!


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