Outlier Travels in the "Land of Enchantment"
Sunset over the Rio Grande
I live in New Mexico, often confused with. "Mexico" and once the water issues, border problems and language barrier have been eliminated; it's an ok place.
Typically the only place most people know or visit is Santa Fe, also known as "The City Different". Ah yes, the "City Different" the quaint low juniper and pinion studded hills, art galleries as far as the eye can see, 5 star cuisine, and a celebrity list as long as the red carpet. While Santa Fe is a terrific travel destination, there are some untapped gems just waiting to be visited.
Sure, it's easy to get swept away with the southwestern ambiance, green chili, sopapillas dripping with honey, clear blue skies, the whole slice of the "Old West", but you can get that anywhere here in the "Land of Enchantment" and at a little better price.
If I were planning a vacation to New Mexico, knowing what I know, I'd make it one of many "Theme", vacations. First I'd watch the DVD "Vacation" with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, decide from there what "Theme" the holiday would be. My first choice would be an Art/Food theme and in the infamous words of Max Yasgur, I'd have "Nothing but fun and music". Art/Food does include, music, hot tubs, and cocktails, all of the stuff that naturally complements Art/Food.
Let’s say I’m going on vacation with you and we have 7 days. Once you’re here in Albuquerque, rented a roomy car and we’ve met, oh, and we like eachother. Day 1 and 2, Truth or Consequences, La Paloma hotel and natural mineral hot springs 24 hours a day on site, a great meal at a 5 star Italian restaurant, and a day spent relaxing, eating, soaking and touring some great galleries like Rio Bravo Fine Arts, where the works of local artists and H. Joe Waldrum can be seenContinued on the next page