I’m writing this a bit late, it’s been months since this trip took place but I just had to include it here because of the great experience it was. Back when the temperature was still a bit chilly, my family and I took a road trip up to Ruidoso, NM. We packed light, I put my cat, Sophie, in her carrier, and off we went on our two day adventure.
It took us around three hours to get there, I believe, although it seemed longer. After driving through dry desert brush with tumbleweeds racing us from the side of the road, it was most refreshing to finally see green trees covering whole mountains. You could immediately feel the change in atmosphere, the freshness of the air that only undisturbed countryside can bring. Traces of the last snow were still clinging onto branches, but Spring was already beginning to awaken everything around us.
We made our way up a winding road through the mountains and finally came into the small town. Our first order of business was to check into our cabin that we were renting overnight. It was a very small one with a cozy living room/kitchen and two bedrooms whose beds took up most of the room (I have no idea how they managed to fit them in there). My cat was already pretty excited and was exploring every inch of the cabin. It was really rare to see her like this, usually she runs and hides under something. Honestly, I think she knew and felt she was back in the wilderness 😉 . Like her, I couldn’t wait to go exploring, so after a quick lunch we headed outside.
Most of the time we spent there was purely for exploring. After walking around two different lakes, we made our way into the woods where we found a small river to sit by and just enjoy the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. It is definitely one of the best feelings to be amongst nature again after being in the noisy, suffocating city for too long. To me it felt liberating, which is why I enjoyed this trip so much.
If I could live anywhere I wanted, I would choose a place like this. A place where there is still a connection with nature. I loved being able to walk along trails and suddenly encounter deer or huge black crows (something you certainly don’t see in the city).
Then at night when the sky was finally clear, I took out my telescope. Yes, I carried the big thing with me all the way there. . . but it was totally worth it! With all the lights around us back home, I can’t really see much with it. That night, however, darkness covered us completely and the brightest, clearest stars I have ever seen finally came out of hiding. My little nerd heart couldn’t take it, especially when I caught sight of Jupiter for the first time. I know this may sound random or ordinary to you, but you have no idea how in love I am with space. I would be perfectly content if the only reason we went there were to stargaze.
All the things that I had the chance to experience on this trip were simply amazing. There’s nothing like going out and finding a peaceful place where your mind can stop rushing through thoughts and simply let yourself be in the present moment. Whenever you get the chance, make sure to stop by Ruidoso for a bit. I promise you won’t regret it. 🙂