Land of Enchantment, white water rafting and chile rellenos

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Typical New Mexico vista

We drove to New Mexico for a quick 48 hours of quality time with my in-laws over the 4th of July holiday weekend and I am so glad we did. The weather was beautiful, with some rain showers each day — highly unusual for Albuquerque in the summer — and any time spent in Jeanette’s home is always comforting. She is the quintessential hostess! While in the Land of Enchantment we enjoyed Mexican food, home cooked meals, an Albuquerque Isotopes fireworks display, mexican food, card games, white water rafting, Mexican food and hiking in the great outdoors.

Our rafting trip started above Santa Fe and took us down the Race Course on the Rio Grande. In our boat were Bob (Grandpa), my husband, son James, me, two recent college grads from Boulder and our guide, coincedentally named Ruth! The water was higher than I can ever remember so the trip was fun with plenty of rapids to amuse my son. I have to comment that I was quite proud of Bob for staying in the boat the entire time! It was a little rocky for part of the trip and we got plenty wet but he held on to his seat and retained his composure to give plenty of salty comments to the entire crew. At 81.5 years old, he is strong, spry and a lot of fun!

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floatin’ the Rio Grande

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tres Butterfield amigos getting ready to raft

I cannot get enough of the New Mexican flavors whenever I visit as evidenced by my meal choices this past weekend:

Blake’s Lotaburger Green Chile Burger for lunch

Golden Pride Breakfast Burrito with beans and Carne Adovada for breakfast

Tortas Rainbow Chicana Torta for lunch

El Patron Chiles Rellenos with green chile and Sopapillas for dinner

And honestly, I think I could handle another plate of Chile Rellenos tonight, but alas, I may have to settle for Tex-Mex for a while. Hope you have a great week! 2015 Menu for July 6

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