The Land of Enchantment

I used to wondered why the license plates from New Mexico say “the Land of Enchantment”. I wonder no more, and I’ve only explored a fraction of the northern part of this incredible state. From snow capped mountains to desert vistas and ancient ruins to modern ranches, New Mexico is truly fascinating.

I’ve been told that New Mexico is beautiful, but the landscape of this area is richer in color and scope than I expected. The cliffs and mountains are a virtual rainbow of colors. The lakes aren’t just blue, they’re azure. The dry yellow grass on the hills doesn’t just glow gold in the sun, it seems to actually be molten gold. I can’t get enough, and my eyes just won’t take in enough to satisfy me. As I drive, I don’t know if I should drive faster so that I can discover more, or if I should slow down so I can absorb more of what surrounds me.

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Sometimes, I feel like I’m an old western rancher, albeit on a horse of a different sort.

I wasn't lying when I said the lakes aren't just a "normal" blue.

I wasn’t lying when I said the lakes aren’t just a “normal” blue.

Incredible road - incredible views.

Incredible road – incredible views.

Abandoned shacks, barns, and even whole ranches make for dramatic pictures.

A person could spend a lifetime exploring the ruins, old buildings, and historical places in and around New Mexico.

A person could spend a lifetime exploring the ruins, old buildings, and historical places in and around New Mexico.

This cross had fallen into the cactus behind the old mission. It was even more interesting to photograph than the mission itself.

This cross had fallen into the cactus behind the old mission. It was even more interesting to photograph than the mission itself.

New Mexico also has some wonderful food, especially the Fry Bread. A girl could become obsessed with such a thing. For a while I even considered stuffing fry bread in Robbie’s saddle bags, but I figured he’d be rather furious with me the next time he went to grab his socks and found only fry bread instead. Lucky me though, I found a great cure for Fry Bread Obsession - food poisoning. Have you ever had stomach bug ON the bike? I had it for about 24 hours, and I can vouch that it’s not fun. But hey - it could always be worse.

New Mexico also has some wonderful food, especially the Fry Bread. A girl could become obsessed with such a thing. For a while I even considered stuffing fry bread in Robbie’s saddle bags, but I figured he’d be rather furious with me the next time he went to grab his socks and found only fry bread instead. Lucky me though, I found a great cure for Fry Bread Obsession – food poisoning. Have you ever had stomach bug ON the bike? I had it for about 24 hours, and I can vouch that it’s not fun. But hey – it could always be worse.

When this mission was active, I don't think they had a GS to get around on.

When this mission was active, I don’t think they had a GS to get around on.

When we finally made our way to Durango, the boys really loved it.

When we finally made our way to Durango, the boys really loved it.

Goodbye Land of Enchantment and hello Colorado.

Goodbye Land of Enchantment and hello Colorado.

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