I don't know about you, but I absolutely loved the long weekend (and I really wouldn't mind having just one more day to relax!). John and I spent our Memorial Day weekend adventuring with friends and family in New Mexico and Arizona.
We really wanted to use the long weekend for a mini vacation, but since we are leaving for Europe in less than a month (what?!), we figured it would probably be best to save money and stay local-ish.
Here's a quick recap of our weekend exploring the Southwest!
We left for New Mexico after work on Friday, and we didn't end up getting in until about 2AM.
We went straight to bed, and woke up very excited for an amazing breakfast at The Range - they have massively large portions of New Mexico goodness... exactly what we needed to start the weekend off right!
We spent the day hanging out at John's mom's house. She has a great backyard with a beautiful view... and Scout very much enjoyed being able to run free and chase birds!
As much fun as John and I had this weekend, I'm pretty sure that Scout had even more.
Really, on a scale from 1 to 10, her enthusiasm was an 11...
John's mom has the sweetest dog, and Max and Scout get along so well and basically played together the entire time. I mean really, could they be any cuter?!
Later in the day we met up with our good friends Jared and Faerl for a quick hike and some delicious food and drinks.
Funny story: Faerl and I met at a dog park... her dog Marble and Scout really hit it off! Fast forward a year, or so, and Jared and Faerl have become some of our best friends. John and I had just moved to New Mexico, and knew absolutely no one, and Faerl and Jared were such a blessing to us!
Sunday morning, the four of us met up to hike the Sandia Crest trail.
(Not pictured: The delicious pre-hike breakfast burritos. So. Tasty.)
We dropped off a car at the top of the mountain, and the plan was to hike up and drive down.
When we got to the top (about 10,600 feet elevation), it was so cold, and we were certainly not dressed properly! Thankfully we grabbed a few more layers so we wouldn't die (literally for me, figuratively for them).
As much as I enjoy all that Arizona has to offer, I really love a good forested hike!
The views were beautiful, and the weather (for the most part...) was perfect.
We stopped for lunch, and it started to rain/sleet... not my kind of thing! I used to live in Michigan, and I really shouldn't be such a wimp, but when it comes to cold weather, I just can't hang.
We decided to turn around and head down in case of lightning, etc.
Not surprisingly, shortly after turning around, the sleet let up. Shocking, I know.
Why is it that whenever you decide to turn around, the weather will cooperate, but whenever you decide to keep going the weather gets worse and worse?!
Scout and Marble were quite the hikers. They went between exploring, chasing, and wrestling with each other... You best believe we had some tired pups on our hands when all was said and done.
By the time we finished hiking we went about 9 miles, but since we had to turn around, we had to drive back to the top of the mountain to get our car.
And we, of course, couldn't pass up the photo opp! :)
On Monday we headed back to Arizona with a pit stop at Petrified Forest National Park.
Petrified Forest is the only National Park in Arizona that we hadn't been to, and we were looking forward to checking it off our list.
The park was very cool, but if I'm honest, I just don't think I quite "got" it. Basically, there's a bunch of super old trees (over 200 million years old) that fossilized and turned into stone.
It was cool, but it was kind of just a bunch of rocks/fossils laying around that looked like trees.
If you're super into geology, then you would probably love this stuff, but I think this park will be a one-and-done kind of thing for me. (I'm sure there are some geologists out there that think I'm absolutely crazy for saying that!)
It was pretty crazy how old everything was and the badlands made everything look like we were on the moon!
Don't get me wrong, the fossilized trees were absolutely beautiful (and the colors were amazing!), but it's just that there wasn't much to do, it was more of a snap a photo and leave kind of thing.
All in all, John and I had a great weekend exploring New Mexico and Arizona... there is so much beauty in the Southwest, and we are enjoying getting to experience it all!