Hear Me Roar
You split your time between Brunswick and New Mexico. Why New Mexico?
My first trip here was in 1993, on a summer vacation with my young children and my travel friend Sister Andrea, a Catholic nun. Our first impressions were immediately positive: The landscape was outstanding and so was the wonderful food. We all fell in love immediately with sopaipillas served with honey, and the rice, beans and guacamole chicken enchiladas that are so delicious.
Our first stop was in Albuquerque, where we saw hot air balloons being inflated in the field outside our hotel, and where a mariachi band serenaded our table at dinner.
In Santa Fe, we found a children’s museum with wonderful interactive activities, including a rock climbing wall; and the art-tastic Canyon Road, where galleries are so numerous it takes more than a day to thoroughly see them all. Never had we viewed such brilliantly colored art, such exquisite Native jewelry and pottery, or such perfectly crafted statues!
On this first trip, we made friends, including the well-known Taos Pueblo painter and author Jonathan Warm Day and his girls. For years, we visited nearly every summer, enjoying the unique experiences that New Mexico offers in terms of art, food, hiking, people, and weather. Have I mentioned how incredibly blue the sky is?