I try to go somewhere once a month. For the most part, it has worked. In January, I visited Colombia and got my first passport stamp of 2017. In February, I checked out the food scene in Los Angeles with Shari and celebrated life. March brought a road trip to Santa Fe with the Warrior Prince. His first time to Ojo Caliente and that awesomeness. In April I went to Palm Springs with Sara Jo to check out the high desert and Joshua Tree. May, I returned to Chicago with Maghan to do another foodie centered trip. Basically, amazing and I am excited for my next trip to that city.
I have been able to manage my work schedule in a way that I can explore other cities. I love being able to do this. I enjoy the planning involved as well as seeking out friends to arrange lunches, happy hours or dinner. It's part of my life and I love it.
This month, I am driving down to Santa Fe since I have limited time off. I can manage a two and a half day road trip by going to Santa Fe. It is a little oasis for me. Actually, it always has been. When I lived there, I did not view it that way. Instead, Denver was my escape place. Now, being in Denver again or as I like to think of it, home, going to Santa Fe has returned to the mini mecca where I go to reflect, rejuvenate, explore. From living there, I have multiple friends to spend time with and many hangouts to revisit. I am staying near the Baca district which will put me walking distance to two of my favorite local spots. I see a breakfast burrito in my future.
That and green chile. I could bathe in green chile. It is that good. I might bring some back to Denver as well. Of course, there is Ojo Caliente where I will soak and steam. That is the main draw of the trip. I spoke to Melody about joining me for a weekday soak. Thankfully, it worked out with her schedule. That is the only concrete thing that I will do. Otherwise, I will see a few friends and check out the new museums and restaurants. My friend, Teo, had a baby four days ago. Initially while planning the trip, I thought I would be able to see her and get a pedicure. I wanted to treat her to some self care for her baby shower. I tend to want to treat the mom rather than the kid. I did the same thing for the Goddess. I bought Lindsay a massage for her last baby sprinkle. So, Teo is probably out due to the fact she just gave birth. It would be nice to see her but I do not want to intrude on her during this time. I can meet her son at a later date.
I considered a barre class or yoga, too. Truly depends on if I meet friends for happy hour or not on Thursday. However, there is a studio that is wonderful--great music, workouts and energy. I wish we had a studio like that here. I did this TRX class that kicked my booty and inspired me to seek out studios in Denver that offer TRX. I believe, I have found a trainer here that can lead me into that resistance training. I digress.
I have many options in Santa Fe. Eating, friends, exercise....I wish I had one more day. I know that I will head down again this year. It is too easy to make happen and I love it! I am still thinking about next month and where to go. I have college friends meeting in Kansas to celebrate a classmate's life. It would be nice to see them and honor this man's life. My cousin in getting married in Colorado on that same day. I think I will be in Denver to celebrate with Theresa. If I went to Kansas, I would want additional days to spend with Emma and Mason, my niece and nephew. I would not be able to do a quick two day trip there.
Plus, I will be in Kansas in November. One trip a year is doable. My little sister is getting married and so we are all returning to celebrate with her. I will have loads of family time then.
I should get ready to greet the day. I walked to work yesterday and see that happening today. Something about sunshine, listening to music and seeing the city. Such a great way to enjoy the morning. Cheers!