John’s best friend got married in Taos, New Mexico last week, so we got to go visit and celebrate with them! We landed in Albuquerque & drove to Taos via Santa Fe before meeting Morgan & Ryan (bride & groom) at our campsite.
We stopped at Santarepa Cafe for lunch & got an arepa and their sampler to share. Both were really good, but we agreed the arepa was the winner.
Downtown Santa Fe was really beautiful and colorful, and had a ton of great shops.
This little spot with beautiful Mexican Catrinas was my favorite.
Our plan was to camp Tuesday & Wednesday before checking into a hotel on Thursday for the wedding festivities. As we were driving out to Taos, we saw some big, dark, clouds rolling in.
We were incredibly lucky to camp with Morgan & Ryan because they are pros and have all the gear. They had already set up camp by the time we got there. It was my first time camping, but it was not lost on me how much hard work they put into it!
We made margaritas and tacos and had s’mores for dessert. Have you had s’mores with a peanut butter cup instead of the regular chocolate bar?! They are amazing. I know a friend who does this, but I had never tried it myself.
The next morning, we woke up and it was POURING. So we decided to run errands for the wedding that day since being outside wasn’t super pleasant. By the end of the day, the rain had passed, and I was able to sneak in a very quick 3 mile run. On my run, I found a waterfall about 1/2 mile from camp, so when I got back our whole group went to check it out.
The next day we got to go to Angel Fire Bike Park. Not being a mountain biker, or someone who wants to fall off a mountain bike, I opted for running instead. The trails there, which are beautifully maintained, go forever.
John rented a bike so he could go with our friends and had a great time. Afterwards, I was STARVING, so chips & guac with our friends’ daughter hit the spot while everyone else finished up biking. Running at altitude really did make me so hungry.
The next day there was an option to do a river rafting trip that ended at a winery. I decided to run in the Rift Valley (also had a beautiful trail), and then drive to the winery. I will say that I stressed about snakes popping up from underneath the brush since it was sandy and hot, and a perfect environment for them. I read on the trail guides and online that it was too early in the year for them, but I felt like it was still a good idea to keep an eye out.
Vivac Winery is beautiful and had great wine.
The rest of our time there, I didn’t take a ton of pictures. But we set up for the wedding, and then had a great time celebrating Ryan & Morgan!
Best wedding food ever!!
I mostly don’t post pictures of others (John is ok with it, mostly lol) on my blog because I figure they didn’t ask to be on the internet. But I can assure you that Morgan was a stunning bride and the whole family looked fantastic on wedding day. It was great to spend time with them.