Silent Night, Holy Night

Tires crunched through the snow as the SUV inched along the deserted, unmaintained dirt road.  Slowly, tediously, it negotiated the frozen ruts, and when the road finally ended abruptly in a large semi-circular open area, inched gingerly into what appeared to be a parking space. But appearances could be deceiving in this land, so far [...]

Christmas 2012: Green Chile and Luminarias

Christmas Eve Day dawned cold and crisp, and although our thin Phoenix blood had not yet adjusted to the 18-degree weather, we were enjoying the Christmas-y feeling so sadly denied us in the 'Valley of the Sun'. Before heading out of Albuquerque, we made a stop at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - a must if you have any interest in [...]

Christmas 2012: Dreamcatchers and Black Ice

Our yearly New Mexico Christmas road trip started out the way it usually does...among a flurry of texts, emails and phone calls from friends asking if we had heard about the Winter Storm Warning.  This year, along with the usual reports of a storm blowing through, came urgent warnings that portions of the I-40 to Albuquerque were closed.  Of course, as always, right along our planned route. My [...]