Monday, August 10, 2009

The Rest of Vacation

We took advantage of being out west for Isaac and Maggie's wedding last weekend by making a family vacation of the trip. We flew in and out of Albuquerque so we could visit Jeremy, Heather and Annie Sikora and see a little more of the area. Heather and I have been friends since birth and I think it's safe to say that we both loved watching our own kids play together. Some of these pictures remind me a lot of when we were little.

Heather and Jeremy had lots of welcomed suggestions about where to go/what to do/what to eat in ABQ. On our first night we had a great meal at El Pinto, a New Mexican restaurant where you must be prepared to answer the question, "Red or Green?" Our waiter was so nice we even received free jars of salsa...however ours were confiscated in the airport security checkpoint because I had left them in the carry-on! Malachi also really enjoyed his breakfast at one of Jeremy's faves, The Frontier Restaurant.

Kevin, Becky, Jessica and Whitney also flew in and out of ABQ so we were able to spend a few extra days together after the busy wedding weekend. Before heading back to New Mexico, we visited Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo.

Malachi loved being with his cousin, Whitney, and wanted to be next to her wherever we went. He was also really excited to find a rock named Malachite in the canyon's museum.
One of Malachi's favorite things to do with Yaya and 'Buelo is to go hiking, so who wants to disappoint a little boy? We hiked three short trails at the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque.

I think the 100 degree heat went straight to our heads and brought out our silly sides in Old Town!
We finished the day in Albuquerque by going up the tram to the top of the Sandia Mountains which border the city's east side. It was about 20 degrees cooler at the top and such a relief from the heat...not to mention an amazing view!
It was so fun for me to see a part of the country I've never seen before and we had a great time with our friends and family. Thank you, Sikoras, for being wonderful hosts/trip planners! Thank you Yaya, 'Buelo, Jessica and Whitney for a fun family vacation, great pictures and memories!


J, H and A said...

We were so happy to have you...and you are welcome back anytime! I know its no Bainbridge but,glad you liked Albuquerque. Can't wait to see you again in October.

Nathanael Litter said...

what a fun trip - that's where Benj and I were stuck last year - we flew that whole area!

though, between you and me, it would have been more fun with you guys!