we went south for snow

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yes, we had a beautiful white Christmas in NM! Mark and I just got back from a 12 day road trip; south through Kansas City visiting Lexi, on down to dad and Beth’s in Magdalena, NM then on to Cindy and John’s in Napa, CA. Along the way and back we did a drive by the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore, two very different places.

I believe this may be my 2nd to last post of postings … I have an idea for something new.

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Grand Canyon

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We were so dissapointed at the amount of poeple and how commercialized this grand site has become. It cost $25 just to drive into the   park. But, it is a sight to see. Next time camping on the north rim is in order.

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Our welcome dinner at Mustards Grill

January 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

After almost 10 hours on the road we were treated to an incredible meal at Mustards Grill, one of Cindy’s restaurants in Yountville, in the Napa Valley. We were well fed and cared for by Patrick and chef  Dale Ray …  yes, Mark at the chocolate tart and loved it.

A beautiful treat, sorry I missed the picture of the potato boats with pork belly

My birthday and the eve of the new year

January 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

Cindy and John are such gracious and generous hosts. Here are some pictures of our too short stay; the garden, some of the library,  our delicious meals. I also got a lesson from Marta on preparing prickly pear fruit without getting my fingers full of cacti spines or prickles.

My birthday dinner at Cindy’s new restaurant Brassica, was a delicious adventure through many menu items, we drank incredible champagne and wine and ate my handsome birthday cake. DELICIOUS, all of it, every last bite!  Oh,  and Mark likes eggplant 🙂

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

New Years was a Japanese dinner made by Mark and I under the direction and guidance of Cindy and John (a lot of direction and guidance).

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The road home

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Instead of visiting the famous Wall Drug and the great Corn Palace in South Dakota we decided to see Mount Rushmore. In contrast to the Grand Canyon there was hardly any one there. We even got to see 5 mountain goats!

It looks so much different then I remember it from when I was a wee one seeing it with my family many years ago.

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the road to Dad and Beths

January 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

and their straw bale home in Magdalena NM. What a perfect place to spend a few relaxing slow days, with family, the great outdoors and a puzzle. Soon, maybe this might be my corner of the earth too. You have a beautiful place Dad and Beth, thank you for sharing it with us.

For a special treat we took an afternoon and went to T or C, NM and enjoyed a soak in a mineral hot spring bath. Those are the pictures of the strange long building and giant tub. Awesome!  A great opportunity that may not be around much longer down there. Politicians….

Pie Town Cafe in Pie Town NM, THE best heuvos  rancheros and breakfast burritos around, hands down. This place needs to be in the Roadfood Guide. Thanks for the ‘on the way out’ breakfast suggestion Dad.

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