Last month we went to Canyon for my 10-year high school reunion over the 4th of July weekend. We stretched the long weekend into a whole week and ran up to Angel Fire to get a break from work and the hot Texas weather.
While we were in Canyon, we made it down to the Fair on the Square for the 4th of July parade. We had a great time, and Hannah was especially impressed.
Eager anticipation of the parade
The streets were packed. It is a pretty big deal
Some of the crew and cast of the Texas play in Palo Duro Canyon
Smokey the Bear even made an appearance which is pretty timely considering the extreme fires we’ve had this year
Like I said, Hannah really enjoyed her first parade. We decided to leave Hannah with Nana and Pappy in Canyon while we went to Angel Fire for the rest of the week with Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Jon Michael. We figured 4 on 1 for Nathan’s first trip to the mountains would make for a pretty restful week, at least comparatively speaking. It reminded us of Hannah’s first trip to the mountains when she was about the same age.
When we got to Angel Fire, we were a little disappointed to learn that the forest was closed due to Stage III fire restrictions. Basically all the state parks and national forests (any public land) was closed for hiking, biking, camping, everything. Since we couldn’t hike in the forest, we took several walks up the hills around town. These were the typical views from our walks – not a bad substitute considering the circumstances.
Jon Michael and I played golf at the Angel Fire course. It was the first time I have played there and the first time I’ve played in a long time. We had a really good time (JM won). Here is the view from the #6 tee box. 200 yd Par 3 and the green is ~250+ ft below the tee box. Pretty fun to watch that little white ball drop
We made the obligatory trip to Taos one day and got massages, shopped around, and ate at our favorite Taos Pizza Outback.
While we were on the trip Nathan found his toes just like big sister.
Another one of the casualties of the fire restrictions: outside charcoal fires were banned so we cooked our steaks inside.
Overall it was a great time with Rebecca and JM and lots of special attention for our little Nathan. We can’t wait to go back!!