It’s nearly the last week and I just can’t believe it. 10 months have gone by so quickly. Our leaving plans are not the best but are workable. Hubby is going to have to work an additional week, so the kids, animals and I will be traveling without him, he should be home in time for Father’s Day.
It will be good to get home. We were planning on leaving next Friday afternoon, but the improv class that Boy is taking next week has a performance, not during the last class as we thought, but on Friday evening. So it will be a Saturday morning departure instead. That will mean that we will either get in very late on Sunday or mid-day on Monday. Our homeschool group always has a June swimming party to mark the end of the year, and they have generously set it for that Monday so we can make it. I’m so looking forward to it.
Our last month has gone quickly. Girl had her ballet recital and it was amazing. Dancing at this studio has been a great experience for her and has polished her skills. My step-mom came out for the week that included the recital and we spent the (non-dance focused) time doing more exploring.
Albuquerque has this amazing Tramline that goes up to the top of the Sandia Mountains. I’ve wanted to go up since we got here. You get in a little bus-sized car (standing room only) that’s hooked onto 2 wires and get pulled up to the top of the Sandia Mountains. (1 mile above Albuquerque, 2 miles above sea level). Absolutely beautiful.
We also got a chance to go up in a hot-air balloon (one of my wishes before we leave) and spent Sunday morning floating over the river, city, and highway. I’d do it again at the drop of the hat. It was so peaceful. Stepmom and Girl went with me, but Boy decided to pass on it.
Lastly, we took a little roadtrip around the state that I’ve been wanting to do. We headed south and then west and stopped at the Very Large Array. If you have ever seen the movie Contact, then you know what it is. They use it to take pictures of things in space. It’s really big and expanded to it’s full size, wouldn’t fit inside the DC ring road. From there, we headed down the west side of the state through the Gila Wilderness Area (the first in the country) and spent the night at Silver City (birthplace of Billy the Kid) though we didn’t do any sightseeing.
The next day we headed into the Gila Wilderness on this windy road that was almost 2 lanes wide (total, and no guardrail) and makes the ‘road to Hana’ look like a highway. It dipped and climbed from 4,000 to 7,000 feet so many times that we lost count. At the end, was the Gila Cliff Dwellings from 1300 AD. We spent a wonderful couple of hours exploring the remains with a very helpful guide. Then we headed home. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are not the remains of the Ananzi, but another group that lived down here.
And that’s about it. Hubby and Boy are off this weekend for a martial arts seminar and the kids have already started packing up. This has been a wonderful experience and we will dearly miss some of our friends.