24 November 2011

Travel, treats (a.k.a. giveaway) and thanks

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to my many American friends! We celebrate Thanksgiving in October in Canada and I was lucky enough to spend it with several of my family members.  Wherever you are, I hope you are spending it with the people you love. {Note: this is going to be a long post, be sure to read all the way to the bottom, it will be worth it... there *might* be a giveaway at the end!}.

I recently spent almost two weeks in New Mexico with my hubby (who was on a work trip).  Thought I would share some of highlights through some photos I took (warning: photo overload ahead).  For the full group of photos, check out this flickr set.

We started in Albuquerque which has a fabulous little Old Town.  Love the colours and design.

It is on historic Route 66 and there are some fabulous signs, both neon and traditional.

All along the way, we ate amazing spicy food (green and red chiles - YUM!), drank locally made wine and sampled several of the local microbreweries.  Hitting local microbreweries is something we try to do everywhere we travel.  Sometimes it's not a successful venture... this time it was...

We had a weekend to drive around a bit so we stopped at the Carlsbad Caverns (AMAZING!)...

...a quick stop in Roswell, because we are science geeks...

...the Valley of Fires (amazing lava flow - 3 km wide and 32 km long)...

...the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge...

...the Very Large Array, centre of radio astronomy (because we are very large geeks)...

...the Rio Grande Gorge... we stood on the bridge near Taos, 200 metres above the river... wow...

Settled down again in Santa Fe, centre of art, food (including home-made guacamole - YUM!!!) and colour...

I'm working on doing a page for my blog that has travel recommendations (food, drinks, hotels, crafty shops, tourist stops).  I'll let you know when it's up.

Now on to the exciting part of this post.  I've reached 100 followers so I think it's time for a GIVEAWAY!  Now, I'm still gathering things together for this so the final box will have even more than is in the photo!  The only thing you have to do is leave a comment here on this post and tell me what you are thankful for.  If you are not a follower, I would love for you to become one (see the right side bar) but it's not a requirement to win. I will pick a random winner next Friday, December 2nd, Saturday, December 3rd.  A big thank you to all of my followers and all of those who leave sweet comments.

Have a great day.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Congratulations Glenda!
    I enjoy your blog.
    I am thankful for my family.

  2. I am thankful that you are a big huge geek like me :) Love those pics, especially the door and the geek excited over aliens. Congrats on 100 followers!

  3. Geeks unite! Love the post. Congrats on reaching 100 - followers that is! ;)

  4. Gorgeous pictures, Glenda! I would love to New Mexico one day so am looking forward to checking out your recommendations.
    Big congrats on your 100 followers and it looks like I was 100 huh? Glad to be the one to push you into triple digits! :)
    I'm thankful for all the awesome people I've met in the last year on blogland.

  5. Congrats :)
    How exciting!
    I am thankful for family, health and pumpkin pie :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  6. Congratulations Glenda. Interestingly we are a science-geek family too. I have to be thankful for good health this year (touch wood). After many hospital trips inn 2010, I am happy to have a healthy family this year (dont want to jinx it though)

  7. Hi Glenda! Congratulations! I am thankful for my husband, my son, & my daughter...my family. I enojoy visiting your blog. Love your pics!

  8. Great pics Glenda. Love seeing your cards congrats on Denali designer .Shirley nw

  9. Congrats Glenda. I am thankful for my health.

  10. Kudos & Congratulations!!

    Always grateful for my health, my family & friends, crafting & creating and the love that's so abundant in my life...

    Though paper & ink thrill me, I am, perhaps ironically, currently most grateful for technology; specifically Skype as it allows me to see as well as hear my far too far away husband & loved ones...

  11. looks like you had a wonderful trip! when i traveled for my job, my husband and i always tried to vacation too - we've enjoyed so many parts of the US that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.

    this year, my father died just two weeks before thanksgiving, so it's been hard to be thankful. i am very thankful for his sincere love, enthusiastic support, and even his crankiness.

  12. Congrats on reaching 100 followers! Looks like you had a great time on your trip (and I would have paid a visit to Roswell as well!). I am truly thankful for my fabulous husband and sweet, happy, healthy and smart little girl!

  13. Thanks for the great pictures!
    I am thankful for my health and my family.

  14. Congrats on the 100 followers! And thanks for sharing all the pictures of your trip - looks like you had lots of fun!!!


  15. funny blog about the medallion challenge...hahaha!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I'm thankful that it's Friday! And for some holiday fun with the family that we have planned for this weekend.

  17. I am so thankful for the internet. :) I love that we can connect with people who share our passions and hobbies. :) I *love* your Mexico pictures, you are a lucky duck that you got to go with DH. I've never been but hope to someday!

    BTW: GO JETS GO. ;)

  18. Congrats on your 100 follower mark, It's 12/4 today, so maybe if you haven't done your random drawing, I'll still get in! lol Love the pics, can't wait to see more!
    Love, Laura


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