* Santa Fe, New Mexico, & Snow *

 Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Have you ever been?
My daughter and I just returned from a trip to Santa Fe.
It was on our bucket list.
I joked that crossing off that item on our bucket list, almost caused me to "kick the bucket"!
 We left on a snowy morning, at 4:00 am, for what was supposed to be a 10 hour drive.
We spent about an hour and a half at a Denny's waiting for the snow to stop falling and for visibility to increase.
Finally, after talking with some truck drivers that were headed up this same canyon, we decided to get going again.
Bad decision.
We slid off the road and into the emergency lane, and gratefully, we did not slide off into the barrow pit!
Let me tell you, it was scary and tense!
That canyon drive, which was about 100 miles long took us hours and hours and hours to get through.
At one point, we were pushing the car up the mountain road, in the snow.
We didn't see a single plow, and as you can see by the picture above, even semis with chains on their tires were sliding off the road.
Frightening, to say the least.
Finally, we got up through the canyon, and on the other side of the canyon the roads were wet, but not snowy, and we got on our way.
 We finally got to Santa Fe 16 hours later. It was dark in Santa Fe when we finally made it there.
The next morning, we went sight seeing, and exploring.
In the snow.
It snowed in Santa Fe almost the entire time we were there.
It was beautiful though, and with the luminaries glowing at night, it looked magical.
 The two above pictures are from the old square.
 Our beautiful daughter, Brooke.
We had breakfast at a little place and watched it snow in Santa Fe.
 A snowy view.
 A snowy street, and a view of the cathedral.
 Another view of the cathedral.
 Shop windows decorated for Christmas, in silver and golds.
 We spent a morning at the Farmers Market.
That was so much fun, and definitely worth visiting.
 Decorated chili ristras.
 All kinds of treats and pastries.
Many pastries included green chilis

 More of the market...
 another view of the market....
 inside the market....
lots of wonderful venders and goods.
Handmade grass baskets.

I bought one of the grass baskets.
Truly beautiful craftsmanship!

~ Some of the market pictures are from Google images, as it was windy and snowy on the day that we went, and unfortunately I didn't get a lot of pictures..
Anyway, you can see how the market is set up and how many wonderful booths there are to shop at.

We ended up cutting our trip short, because of storms and road conditions. If we had stayed for our entire planned time, we would have gotten stuck for another week and that would have been a very bad thing. Our daughter has a kidney transplant and has to take anti rejection meds 2 x a day.
Of course, she packed extra, but not another weeks worth.
So, we ended up getting up at 3:30 am Sunday morning, and driving back home.
Gratefully, the roads were safe, even though they were snowy in places, and we made it back home in about 10 hours.

We loved visiting Santa Fe, and we are planning another trip there for next year.
We will not go in December, however..... **smile**!

If you've been to Santa Fe, then you know how beautiful it is, and if you've never been, I would add it to my bucket list if I were you.

One thing.. I wanted to buy chili ristras and never had a chance to, so I found a great company on line that sells chili ristras, dried chilis etc..
Just in case you want to buy your own chili ristra here is their link :

What ever plans you have, or where ever you may be traveling, I wish you safe travels and a very healthy and Merry Christmas!!
~ Attitude of gratitude:

* I am eternally grateful for answered prayers!! I know many prayers were said on our behalf as we traveled to Santa Fe, and I know that we were blessed beyond measure.
We arrived safely, and traveled home safely.
* I am grateful for our daughter!! She is an amazing, intelligent woman. I awarded her " Best driver in the Family" after she drove for a total of 27 hours on icy, snowy, slick roads and on a route that we have never ever been on before!! Amazing!!
* We are so grateful to be back home, with our family, and blessed to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
* Grateful for Christmas, and all that it means.


  1. I love the pictures! Brooke is so pretty, and what a great driver!!! I have to say, I am glad you are home. What a trip!
    Do you feel recovered yet? Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  2. Oh my Kerin . . . Bless Brooke and her excellent driving in treacherous conditions! My worse fear . . .
    Relieved you made it home safely.
    Santa Fe looks lovely, your pictures are wonderful . . .
    Merry Christmas Kerin . . .

  3. Wow, Kerin, you have more guts than I do. Do you have 4 wheel drive or chains? I afraid to drive in snow even with all those things. Santa Fe is truly beautiful. I have never been but would love to go there. Those kinds of markets are so much fun to go to. That looks like a particularly good one. Glad you made it back home safe and sound and had a good time while there. Brooke is so pretty. Enjoy Christmas with all the family. Talk to you next year!!..xo Judy

  4. Kerin, I admit I would have been scared to death of the drive. Brooke is very beautiful, and I did not know she was a transplant patient... Keith is on daily dialysis now here at home. He has chosen not to transplant, as it would have to be multi-organ. Brooke looks the picture of health, and I am so glad for you. Merry Christmas!

  5. What a scary drive that must have been. I'm thankful you and your lovely daughter made it there and back home safe and sound! I've been through New Mexico, but not in winter. I'd like to go again sometime. I enjoyed seeing your photos, the Farmers Market looks like a fun place to visit! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  6. Santa Fe looks beautiful! I'm impressed.

    Thank goodness you arrived safely. I have traveled in weather like that before & it is SCARY. Angels were watching over you!

  7. My neighbor's daughter lives in Santa Fe. She called her last night and reported they had 14 inches of snow. It was in the 60s where we live. Quite a difference.

    1. Oh. My. Goodness.
      Sounds like we got out of there, just in time!!
      We ended up with about 10 inches here, in Utah, but not 14 inches. Santa Fe is gorgeous, and the luminaries are so beautiful this time of year; not worth driving there in the snow however :)
      Wishing you Merry Christmas!

  8. Glad to hear things turned okay with the snow. Sounds scary.
    I've never been there but it looks like a beautiful place and I would like to visit there some day.

  9. It is fun to see pictures of places I have been.
    We visited there several years ago. There were many
    things we enjoyed and some we didn't. The Downtown area
    is beautiful .

    Glad you got to and from safely.

    M : )

  10. Oi. That looks like weather I'd hate to be driving in! So glad you got there and back safely!! Sante Fe looks like a beautiful place, especially in the snow!

  11. Oh my goodness, that sounds so scary! I'm glad you made it safe and sound, and I agree..maybe not in December next time! LOL I have been to Santa is a beautiful place.

  12. I have never visited here but I would sure love to. So thankful you two made it back safely. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. My email was hacked and I started a new gmail and blog and then my laptop went beserk....I hope I am up and running again! lol

  13. Hi Kerin :)

    I ended up in Santa Fe when I was 16 because of an emergency landing that was weather related. We were supposed to be in New Orleans that night, so I didn't appreciate it at the time LOL It does look beautiful though and worth another visit. I'm glad you had such a good time with your beautiful daughter :)


  14. Good afternoon, Kerin~

    I saw the picture of the trucks and my heart sank. PRAISE THE LORD you and your daughter are safe and sound!

    I have never been to Santa Fe and not sure I will have the chance to but being able to see your pictures shows us just how beautiful a place it is.

    We have not had any snow yet in VA. As a matter of fact, it has been in the 70's there, so not normal for this time of year, but everyone is LOVING IT! I am still in Kansas and here we have experienced everything from sunny and 73*, to horrendous winds, to sleet and freezing rain, to two ice storms back to back and blizzard conditions....and that was only the first two weeks Kiddo and I were here.

    We have loved spending time with our daughter, her husband and the new baby but it's time for us to be getting home soon so little mama can spread her wings and her and her family can settle into their new normal.

    Thank you for being a constant friend and visitor to my blog. You are loved and greatly appreciated!


  15. Hi Kerin!

    what a scary ride! I'm so glad you and your daughter made it there, and home okay!

    I have never been to Santa Fe, I've been to New Mexico, but never there. It really is beautiful, all the old Spanish style architecture is so pretty. I love the chilies, they look really festive all decorated! What a fun way to spend time with your beautiful daughter.

    We are expecting some really bad weather here in Idaho, we could sure use the moisture, but is it too much to ask for it to stay off the roads . . . probably . . . ;0)

    Have a wonderful Christmas, and a very blessed New Year!!


  16. First time visiting your blog :) I do agree, Santa Fe is a very beautiful town and the area surrounding it is gorgeous as well (next time you go and the weather cooperates, drive up to Taos :)

    We lived there for 2 years. It is a great place to visit; but not a great place to live if you aren't a local. I experienced a lot of prejudice living there and not being a native. Kind of soured me on wanting to go back, even though it really is pretty there.

    Happy New Year!


  17. A fun trip with your daughter. Santa Fe looks like an interesting place. We have driven through but never stopped to explore! So glad you were safe. The weather looks awful! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  18. Bless your hearts, what a horrible trip as far as the roads were concerned. I'm so glad you made it safely. I love all your pictures, they're beautiful of Santa Fe and the turqoise mountain sides. I was raised in the SouthWest so ristas are very familiar with me, I miss seeing them around. Have a blessed New Year and once again, I'm glad you're safe and celebrating another new year :)


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