My week in New Mexico was off to a flying start, but Thursday was going to make it even better because it was going to be my first Thanksgiving! And we were heading to Taos, a ski village in Northern New Mexico. After having a nap in the car (it was a 3 hour journey and I was sleepy!) we had arrived and I was completely taken with the place! We were staying in a beautiful cabin that belongs to Hannah’s sister’s fiancee and it was stunning. After settling down to some lunch, we got our gear together and went snowshoeing – something I had never done before. It is hiking with poles and wearing this footwear: It was a little funny to start with but I soon got the hang of it, and the views from up the mountain were incredible! After working up our appetite, we headed back to the cabin to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Each of us were in charge of a different part of the dinner; for Hannah and I this was the stuffing and the Cranberry Yum Yum. Hannah’s sister Alison was making the mashed potato for the first time and was very excited. After 5 hours of being in the oven, it was finally time to bring out the turkey, and what a sight it was! The 9 of us got ready to dig into our food but not before a celebratory photo was taken to mark my first thanksgiving! After having way too much food and putting me in a food coma, we settled down in front of the fire to watch American football – a tradition in the US on Thanksgiving. It was a pretty early night for all of us as we were all beat!
Friday morning turned out to be even more exciting though as I got to try out skiing! This was another first of the week for me and I’m happy to say that I think I did alright! I only fell over 3 times, and the bruise on my bum isn’t too bad… I also learnt to turn and stop myself – a very good thing when I was flying towards people at high speed! I will definitely be trying skiing again. Unfortunately after this, it was time to say goodbye to Taos and the cabin and head back to Albuquerque. But I got another cool thing at the end of the day: Albuquerque has a tradition of Illuminaria at Christmas to light up the streets, and I managed to see some, even though it is the end of November!
I have had the most incredible week in New Mexico, with many firsts including skiing, snowshoeing and trying Sushi. And I wouldn’t change one bit of it!