Anniversary Weekend in Albuquerque
Children’s Fantasy Garden at the Albuquerque BioPark. Who says we have to be children to have an imagination?
A rare glimpse of a wild Jacob, stalking the castle grounds, trying to avoid detection.
For our 4th wedding anniversary, my husband and I took our first trip together (yes, I said first). Sure, we’ve visited home a few times to see family, but this was our first trip together where it was just about us traveling and being together. We originally wanted to do something a bit more extravagant, like Disney World. But I decided to keep things simpler and more within our budget. So, we took a mini road trip to Albuquerque for the weekend.
We decided to stay at a bed & breakfast called Red Horse Vineyard near Old Town rather than a hotel in the city. It was dark when we arrived and, being winter, all the plants were dead. So Jacob thought that we were about to get chopped up into little pieces by an ax murderer. While it did look a tad on the spookier side, I was not as concerned. I ended up enjoying the B&B, home cooked food and chatting with interesting people is usually a win for me. But Jacob’s more antisocial nature made it less enjoyable for him. Lesson learned.
The first night we went out to Old Town, walked around and had dinner at a place called Backstreet Grill. I ordered twice the amount of food that I should have, but it was worth it because it was so delicious. The next day we went to the Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque BioPark and Aquarium. It was a very full day of walking. By the time we were done we were so hungry that we couldn’t decide what to eat and ended up just going to Panda Express. After lunch, we went back to the B&B to rest, which turned into a very, very long nap. All that we had time left for was dinner. Our waitress at Olive Garden was spectacular and our food really hit the spot. Clovis currently doesn’t have a very good Italian restaurant, so going to Olive Garden was a must.
Before we left the next day, I had one thing I needed to do…get groceries from Trader Joe’s! One item on my list was rum, a rum I have only ever found at TJ’s. But NM law requires that alcohol not be sold before noon on Sunday (some places don’t sell it at all on Sundays), which meant that we had to wait around for almost an hour before I could grab some rum and finally head home. While I was shopping, Jacob took a nap in the car and accidentally left the headlights on. The car died. Luckily, a nice old couple in a truck were able to give us a jump. Thank you, kind people!
While we were only gone a couple of days, it is nice to be home, with our kitties, in our own beds. I am so thankful for my husband, for getting the chance to take this trip, and for everything I have in my life. Now for Spring semester…bring it on (gently, please), whoo!
I never realized that flamingos are actually more of a coral color than bright pink. They were so gorgeous.
Danger noodle really wanted to say hi and do a little dance for me. I think he could be a stand up comedian, sure had me chuckling.
Jacob thought it was dead, I pointed out otherwise (there was a sign above the tank that said “It’s Alive!” and I pointed to it). It reminds me of the lion turtle from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I could stare at jellyfish for hours, I was completely entranced. There are so many fascinating creatures in this world, in the air, on land and in the sea.
When it comes to packing, be it for a weekend trip or a month long excursion, I like to plan my outfits. This helps to avoid over packing and also makes it easier to get dressed during the trip. I needed three days worth of clothing for our anniversary trip to Albuquerque and I knew I would want to be more casual during the day and slightly fancier at night.
So to start I decided to bring two bottoms, boyfriend jeans for the daytime and leather leggings for the evenings. On the drive home I wanted to wear the same shirt I was using to sleep in, a white long sleeved tee, so as to make the transition from sleep to checkout all the more efficient and comfortable. My black booties were the only shoes I brought, to save space. I wanted to bring a comfy cardigan for the days and for the room, a sweater, and a nicer outer-layer for the evenings. I ended up with a burgundy thick knit cardigan, black sweater, and taupe duster cardigan.
All that was left was tops. Aside from the white long sleeved tee I had already chosen, I needed two more shirts. A black top was what I was leaning towards for the anniversary dinner and Jacob helped me choose my black long sleeved tee with leather arms. Since most of my items were neutral, I wanted one color, so of course I went with a burgundy button up shirt, which I ended up wearing under the sweater for the first day.
Makeup mostly centered around red and burgundy lip color and jewelry was mostly rose gold. I did wear a very special necklace for our anniversary dinner that my husband made for me back in high school. The necklace is made of silver and copper, depicting a wolf howling at the moon on a cloudy night. It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, and it looked great with the outfit.
When traveling it is important to keep comfort in mind, the type of activities that will be being participated in, and of course the weather. It can be difficult to plan for everything, especially how your mood will be or any unforeseen events, so it is good to allow some flexibility while not going overboard. I managed to pack all of our things into a duffel bag that I’ve had for a very long time (it has duct tape on the inside to keep it from falling apart), a large purse from Stella & Dot, and a small burgundy backpack from Everlane.
If you could go anywhere for your anniversary, where would you go? Have you ever been to Albuquerque, if so what did you do there? How many items do you normally bring on weekend trips? Let me know in the comments below!