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Santa Fe birthday, part I

The day before our anniversary, we had brunch at Chocolate Maven.  It’s a bakery/cafe in an industrial area, and when you pull up it just looks like a warehouse shared with a Toyota repair center, but when you walk in it’s Wonkaland for the baked goods lover.  There is an adorable bakery in front, and the dining room behind it sits adjacent to picture windows that let you watch the bakery workers as they make all sorts of treats.  Well, we gorged ourselves on the brunch offerings (I had crème brulée French toast, turkey sausage, Mayan hot chocolate, and we shared garlic-rosemary fries) and then decided we would bring some baked goods back to the casita, including cake for our anniversary night since we would be having pizza.

However, after our anniversary morning gorgeathon, we could barely eat dinner, let alone dessert.  So I had my piece of chocolate cake the next morning, in bed, to start my birthday.  Cake for my birthday breakfast isn’t quite a tradition (yet), but let’s just say this isn’t the first time it’s happened.  And it is always awesome.  I’m thinking it really should be a permanent tradition.  But I digress.

We drove out to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument to do some hiking.  Our GPS led us slightly astray in the last few miles, but we saw tarantulas crossing the road during our detour, which was novel and exciting for us.  I didn’t get a chance to take any photos of them, sadly — but I did take way too many photos once we finally got to the park and started our hike!

The tricky thing about this park is that it can make anyone think they are Ansel Adams.  See:

The most exciting part for me was hiking my first slot canyon.  Even better, nobody had to cut off any body parts to get to the other side.

Did you know that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is where they grow garden gnomes?  Before there were ornamental gardens, there was no reason to harvest the gnomes, so some of them just grew and grew.

We climbed up above all the peaks to enjoy a view of Cochiti.  It was windy up there!

Anyway, I have a few more pictures to share from that day, but I’ll get to them in another post.

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