Monthly Archive for October, 2017

Hearing Her Voice

My husband and I have done trips without Claire in the past. The grandparents have graciously dropped everything in their (albeit retired) lives and come to stay with her, handling school and activities in our absence. The longest trip we took was 2-weeks in Hawaii. Every day, we’d call and talk to her. Correction: Every day, we’d call and they’d MAKE her talk to us. She didn’t really miss us. Not really.

I’ll never forget the day we raced around the island (we’d gone exploring in the boonies) to reach a spot where we had cell service so that we could call her for bedtime, and we stood on tippy toe, holding the phone just right to have enough bars, and she didn’t even really want to talk to us. 😀

This week, Claire has been in Outdoor Lab, and I haven’t missed her. Not really. I know she’s in great hands, and she needs this time to stretch her wings. I’ve relished my new schedule. The lack of early morning alarms means I don’t have as many stellar sunrise photos, but I’ve adjusted. 😉

What I realized today is that I miss hearing her voice. I can’t wait to hear about all her adventures. I’m glad she’s been cut off from us, but I’m starting to feel the tug on my heart.

What a great experience this has been. (…and I don’t even have the details yet!)

😀 ♥

Chasing the Sunset

Just another sunrise

…ho hum.

So boring.

*yawn*

😉

Petroglyph Hike

When we were in Albuquerque, we got up at 3am to see the Balloon Fiesta. Then, after a quick stop at the hotel, we went on a hike. (Naturally.) 😉

We headed out to Boca Negra Canyon to check out the petroglyphs!

Petroglyphs

More Petroglyphs

See the Macaw?

Watch your step!

We hiked to the top of Mesa Point. This pic is deceptive. The cairn is at the top, and the cliff edge blends in with the gorgeous view.

Meow Wolf

You’ve seen a couple posts about our visit to one of Santa Fe’s newest attractions: Meow Wolf, The House of Eternal Return. We had a fantastic visit! It’s an immersive art exhibit with a mystery woven through the stories & dimensions. It’s one of those places that is so hard to explain; you just have to see it. (And even seeing it won’t make you believe some of these things!) The interactive displays are designed to trick your eyes while expanding your mind, and we left wanting more.

The plan for our adventure was to leave Albuquerque (where we’d been to see the Balloon Fiesta), drive to Santa Fe and do a hike before lunch. We would do lunch and then pop over to Meow Wolf for a couple of hours before checking into our next hotel and relaxing in Santa Fe for the evening.

Well, we got to Meow Wolf, and discovered the line of people wrapping from out the doorway around the building!

So, we opted to take photos of the HUGE sculptures in the parking lot and then come back after dinner.

Our plan worked like a charm! Of course, because we had to come back, we only had two hours to explore and play. On one hand, it was enough. Our brains were overloaded and could barely process what we were seeing, hearing, and experiencing. But on the other hand, we could have spent at least two more hours there…and more! If it wasn’t 6 hours away, we’d have gone back this weekend!

From what I’ve researched, this exhibit is built into an old 34,000 sq. ft. bowling alley. Inside, there is a 2-story (maybe 3?) Victorian House. There are “portals” or secret entrances throughout the exhibit. Everything is interactive and either lights up, makes noise, or is more than meets the eye. There are no maps of the place. You’re set free to explore, at your own pace, in your own direction. It was busy when we were there, but rather than being a hindrance, watching others interact with the displays helped us stumble upon secrets we would have never discovered on our own. (The hardest part was remembering we were supposed to touch things!)

Here’s a shot of Claire and me looking for clues in the mailbox outside the Victorian house.

A magnifying kaleidoscope (searching for more clues)

When you check in, you’re given the option of purchasing ChromaDepth glasses. They make the colors and lights split and pop! You can experience Meow Wolf without these, but we HIGHLY recommend them for just that added oomph!

You can crawl through the fireplace! You find yourself INSIDE the fish tank in the living room! You can walk into/through the fridge! (I didn’t get photos of that, but some lady came up beside us when we were looking at the kitchen for clues, and watching her open the fridge door AND THEN STEP INSIDE AND CLOSE IT BEHIND HER was one of the most startling and hilarious things I’ve experienced.) You can take a tumble in the dryer!

You can walk through a hidden door! (One of MANY different types!)

One of Claire’s favorite parts was opening the space-age doors (in one of the dimensions). Be sure  your sound is turned up for the video. Click on the above photo to see the video or click here for the link. (It will open another page to view the video my Instagram account.)

In one of the hidden rooms, we discovered lasers piercing a theatrical-smoke filled room. We then discovered they were much more than a pretty display!

These lasers are also “strings” that can be played when your hand touches them! It’s ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL.

 

Needless to say, we’re smitten with Meow Wolf. These photos and blog posts are just a teeny tiny tip of the iceberg. We’re not even sure if we saw it all (and we’re pretty sure we didn’t.) We gathered some clues, but not enough to even come close to solving the mystery of what happened to the family that lived in the Victorian house. (But that’s okay! It’s so much more than the mystery.) When we make the trek back to Santa Fe in the future, we’re definitely immersing ourselves in another round of mind-blowing awesomeness.

**Why is it called Meow Wolf? As the story goes, those involved in the creation of it had everyone write down two random words on separate pieces of paper that were then put in a hat. One paper was pulled out of the hat: Meow. Another piece was chosen: Wolf. There you have it. 😉

Meow Wolf – A Tumble Thru the Dryer

One of the best parts of exploring Meow Wolf was stumbling upon regular ol’ everyday items that were transformed into mystical portals to another dimension. (What?? I told you it was hard to wrap your head around this place!!) Imagine our delight when we discovered that the dryer in the laundry room off the kitchen was more than meets the eye!

Let’s open the dryer to see if we can find any clues…

It’s a slide! What!? Claire goes first… Headfirst! (What??There’s no other way to really go into a dryer…)

There she goes!

If you look, you can see her feet!

She made it! (Dad took the picture from the cosmic side of the dryer…)

My turn! First, I sent my bag down the chute. (As one does. Duh.)

Here I go!

Don’t laugh too much at the astonished joy on my face. YOU try keeping your composure after going headfirst into a dryer!!!

I love how it looks like we’re being tumbled around in a dryer. Because we kinda were!

 

One of my favorite parts was when the the lady who went down before us yelled, “Hey! I found my sock!”  Hee hee!

Kissing the Moon Goodbye

Right before the sunrise. (See the moon?)
Me: “Look, Claire! It’s like the sun is kissing the moon goodbye!”
Claire: “Gross.”

😀

…and moments later. Hello, Monday!

Meow Wolf – The House of Eternal Return – Just a Taste

When we were in Santa Fe, we got to experience Meow Wolf, The House of Eternal Return. It’s an immersive modern art exhibit (for lack of a more precise description), and it’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. If it didn’t take 6-hours to get there, we’d go again tonight. NO JOKE. There’s a mystery to solve, and you spend hours there and not even know if you’ve seen it all. It’s so hard to explain, but when I can wrap my head around a bit more of it, I’ll do a more elaborate blog post. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Claire and I inside the fish tank in the living room of a Victorian house, and a larger picture of the “fish tank.” (No, really.) 😉

A Frosty Hike

This morning’s hike was a bit chilly! While we were gone, it snowed! Luckily, the roads were dry by the time we got home, and were dry again this morning. (And, in true Colorado style, it will be near 70 again soon. Winter isn’t here to stay quite yet.) After dropping Claire off at school, I did a longer hike and stopped to snap some pix along the way.

Balloon Fiesta 2017

Claire’s school Fall Break coincided with the start of the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, so we left on Thursday (10/5) around noon and stayed in Santa Fe (one of our favorite cities!) before heading to ABQ on Friday. Saturday morning, before the sun (we were at the shuttle bus by 4:15am!!), we experienced one of the most magical things EVER. We saw Dawn Patrol and the Mass Ascension. I can’t even describe it to you. It brought tears to my eyes. The pictures do NOT do it justice. We were right up next to the balloons! They were right above us and all around us! Absolutely amazing. *swoon*