A Tea Party for My Birthday

Ross and I celebrated my birthday early with tea at St. James Tea Room in Albuquerque, NM. We enjoyed an absolutely incredible experience during our visit.

They do monthly themes, and for the month of June, Alice in Wonderland is their theme. This means they had absolutely stunning details throughout our intimate room and in the whole building to enjoy.

We took advantage of the opportunity to dress up, and I was in heaven with their gluten-free menu, which perfectly duplicates their original. Gluten-free croissants, flatbreads, cookies and scones – sign me up!

The tea comes in three courses with the food and each flavor was delicious. I went herbal; Ross went traditional.

Here are some photos from our amazing day!

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Making the Most of Santa Fe, New Mexico

We recently spent about a week and a half in the Santa Fe area. We were mainly parked in Las Vegas, New Mexico, which is less than an hour’s drive to Santa Fe. Though our schedule didn’t allow a ton of free time (we had multiple gigs in Taos as well as three campground concerts in Las Vegas), we can highly recommend a couple of stops that we absolutely loved in Santa Fe.

We met up with a full-time RVer friend and her husband – we’d never met them in person before, so it was really exciting to connect! Turns out we got along really well, enjoying their sense of humor and all of us enjoying the incredible meal at Jambo Cafe, an African-Caribbean restaurant in town.Jambo Cafe, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureJambo Cafe, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureJambo Cafe, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

They hit the road a few months ahead of us and are now on the hunt for a place to live in the Southwest. It was fun to hear about their house-hunting, their business ventures and their travel across the country. Perhaps most surprising for me was hearing how challenging they find it to work when the other person is driving the RV – it makes me feel like we aren’t missing out as much driving side by side.

Their menu offered fabulous vegetarian and gluten-free options, including a couple of desserts. We all really enjoyed it, and we look forward to connecting again when our paths cross. Best of luck to you both in your search!

Later in the week, we returned to Santa Fe for a day. Destination: Meow Wolf!

Meow Wolf is an absolutely immersive art installation with a level of detail that we’ve never experienced before. You enter The House of Eternal Return and it’s very much a choose-your-own adventure as you wander at will. If you pay attention, you’ll slowly be able to piece together the mystery of a family living there, using documents, TV and other video footage, art, photos and much more.

And if you aren’t paying that much attention, it’s still an incredible spectacle.Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

We got in line a bit before our ticket time of 12:00 p.m. (after sharing some awesome gluten-free tacos from the food truck outside) and we weren’t leaving the gift shop until about 6:15 p.m. It was an absolutely astounding experience, perfect to mark our five year wedding anniversary, and we picked up a few items to read and enhance the experience at the gift shop, which we’ve since been pouring over.Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

We don’t want to give it all away, but suffice to say, it’s one of our favorite things that we’ve ever experienced together. I was so immersed that I went without food or water the entire time we were there!

Here are some more photos of our time together.

Ooh, and one more thing – we both had our first tarot card readings! They were free. The theme of mine was needing to let go of some things to allow the change and success that’s coming in, and to know that networking is good, but not everyone has useful or helpful advice. Ross was told to follow his passion and that’s where the money will be. Fun stuff, and just luck of the draw that we stumbled into it.

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Why Harvest Hosts Is The Best

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay in your RV, you can save big bucks at a Walmart or gas station. You can find some land in the middle of nowhere. But if you want an experience that is both affordable and extremely unique, I highly recommend a Harvest Hosts membership. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I invested in a Harvest Hosts membership for my husband and I last December, but it wasn’t until recently that we had occasion to use it. After spending several months in Deming, New Mexico, we made a reservation to drive just down the road to a local winery. Checking in was easy, and we were encouraged to park wherever we liked. We were treated to gorgeous views and found a bit of shade near a tree for the RV.

Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

At around 5:30 pm, we headed inside, ready for a wine tasting. The wine was delicious, as was the platter of food I ordered – with two varieties of cheese, olives, grapes, salami and chocolate disks, it was extremely tasty and also gluten-free. It was fun pairing the food and wine, and when the tasting was complete, we indulged a bit further by purchasing a (cheap) bottle of wine for later. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Harvest Hosts locations are happy to give you a place to make in exchange for your business while you are there, and this was a fantastic first experience. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

The next day, we had a long drive ahead of. We made it to the Santa Fe area for our stay at an alpaca farm! When our hosts said the shop would be closed the next morning for shearing, we changed our plans a bit, so that we could make our purchase that evening. We were warmly invited to mingle with the dogs and alpacas, and after an early dinner, we enjoyed a full tour of the farm followed by a chance to shop for alpaca products.

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We purchased two hats (one would have been a fair trade, but we couldn’t resist!) and were happy to support a local business. The sunset was gorgeous, and the next day, I had a lovely walk around the neighborhood before we hit the road. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I love that with Harvest Hosts, you can purchase nice things or experiences instead of paying for a campsite often super close to your neighbors. I also love that Harvest Hosts makes travel days fun – something neat to look forward to at day’s end. And finally, my favorite part about a Harvest Hosts membership is that you can stay for up to twenty four hours. So if you’re late risers like we are, or you have a long day of travel and want to rest after or explore the town, you can! The only condition is that you arrive during their business hours. Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

To put that into perspective, we had to arrive by 5 pm at our alpaca farm stay. That means we could have gone out to eat and enjoyed the town almost all day the next day if we wanted to. Isn’t that awesome?

Though this two night stint was a blast, I am really excited to take advantage of our membership later this summer when we are touring the Pacific Northwest. As long as you’re self-contained, why not enjoy a farm or a museum rather than a truck stop? I think it will also make for much more memorable experiences than a gas station or another Walmart parking lot.Harvest Hosts, New Mexico | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I’m a big fan of Harvest Hosts. If you haven’t tried it out yet, please consider a membership. My links here are affiliate links, so you’ll contribute a bit toward our travels when you purchase through our link.

Have you tried Harvest Hosts?

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Rockhound State Park, Deming, NM

One of the other fun state parks near Deming is Rockhound State Park. It’s one of the only places where you’re encouraged to find different types of rocks and keep them for your gem collection!

I did a thorough visit, hiking both trails and finding lots of desert flowers along the way. I also really enjoyed the exhibits at the Visitor’s Center.

It’s near Spring Canyon State Park, so a visit to both is definitely an option.

Here are some photos from my trip!

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The Las Cruces Uke Fest plus Silver City Fun

Our adventures have continued in southern New Mexico, and though we both caught a virus that we struggled through for a few weeks, we didn’t let it slow us down too much.

This past weekend was especially fun. Friday, we made our way to Silver City, where we had a return gig at Diane’s Restaurant. After mailing out a yoga CD (thanks to everyone who bought them here) we drove about an hour north from Deming. It’s a gorgeous drive, and returning reaffirmed how much we love it there. We visited favorite old haunts, like the game store and Vicki’s Eatery for homemade ice cream, and new spots, like this incredible vintage shop where every dress I tried on looked incredible and the hats were absolutely gorgeous too.Vicki’s Eatery, Silver City, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Diane’s Restaurant, Silver City, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

After that, we headed to Diane’s, where we enjoyed a tasty meal, three drinks each (Jamie stuck to port and sherry!) and played three super sets. The audience loved it and showed their love, doubling our compensation with their tips!

The only downsides to the gig were that a) we didn’t get enough sleep and b) Ross missed the concert at the Las Cruces Uke Fest. But no worries – he spent the rest of the weekend soaking up workshops, assisting with sound and making new connections with people from across the country. I volunteered for a few hours too, and enjoyed the jam, but otherwise I occupied myself with visits to a couple of gardens and getting some work done.Flower, Las Cruces, NM | Ross and Jamie AdventureLas Cruces Uke Fest | Ross and Jamie Adventure

After a wonderful weekend, we knew we needed to pack up and leave Deming. But with a few more days at our disposal, we decided a return to Tucson was a priority.

So we returned to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson for another round of animals, cacti and gorgeous views.Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ | Ross and Jamie AdventureArizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ | Ross and Jamie AdventureArizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ | Ross and Jamie Adventure

I also found a family of birds (with seven little babies!) and Ross, as always, made friends too.

Thanks for a wonderful stay, Deming! We highly recommend Roadrunner RV and look forward to returning someday.

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Spring Canyon State Park, New Mexico

Spring Canyon State Park isn’t a place you stumble upon. To be fair, there are several signs for it in the Deming, New Mexico area, but you won’t, say, accidentally find yourself there. The closest place to it is Rockhound State Park, known for its interesting geology.

I haven’t been able to find a lot about the history of this park, but judging by the signage and the setup, I wonder if it used to either a) have a visitor’s center or b) allow tent campers. In any case, there isn’t much to it. Be aware it’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and if you’ve got questions about it, visit the Rockhound visitor’s center and ask them.

But when you start following the the road to Spring Canyon, it’s a wild ride. Literally. The extremely steep ups and downs of the road felt like a roller coaster and the cell service disappeared…and I was treated to some of the best views I’ve seen in New Mexico. When I arrived and drove in, I got ready to hike.

Spring Canyon State Park, New Mexico, Ross and Jamie Adventure

Everything I had read made it sound like Lovers’ Leap was the best of the two trails – the other may actually not exist anymore. I’m not especially in shape, but I figured I could handle the trail, described as moderate with steep grades.

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As you can see, I was rewarded for my efforts with gorgeous views. I had to take frequent breaks and watch my footing extremely carefully, but I’d absolutely do it again. The trail gets hot but there’s a really nice mix of trees where you can seek shade along the path.

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I highly recommend bringing plenty of water and snacks on the trail, of course, and I’d also recommend visiting for a picnic. There are lots of picnic tables with charcoal grills and the views are really fantastic.

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I highly recommend a visit. And if you need a nearby campground, consider Rockhound State Park, especially if you can skip great internet or cell service. It’s got two great trails of its own and a nice setup.

Temperatures are warming up here, hitting the 80’s most days. It’s a little warm but the nights are cooler and we’re really enjoying it.

Thanks for reading!

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Deming Mimbres Museum and Customs House

Deming, New Mexico doesn’t have much. But let me tell you about one of the highlights.

Deming’s got a cute downtown, with a lot of vacant buildings, and it’s got an assortment of fast food options. It’s simplicity has made it a perfect place for us to hunker down and work. It’s also got a fabulous supermarket, Peppers, a rail trail and several parks, and it’s within a 35 minute drive of four great state parks.

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t direct you to the Mimbres Museum. Named for an ancient community known for their specific style of pottery, the museum is free to visit (donations welcome) and can easily take you 3-4 hours to explore in full. Seriously!

It’s got everything from dolls to pottery, pianos to coaches and much, much more. Here are some of the fun things I saw during my visit!

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If you decide to visit, you’ll need to be able to walk in – they didn’t appear to be fully accessible. I also recommend visiting the Customs House across the street if it’s open during your visit. You’ll get a guided tour. But if you’re short on time, focus on the museum.

There’s also a really nice veterans’ memorial park next door that’s worth a stop.

I really was blown away with the depth of the collections in this museum. If you enjoy history or even just like collecting things, I bet you’ll find a lot to get excited about here.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week! Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, Ross and I entered the Tiny Desk concert series. Enjoy the video if you like, and thanks!

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A Quick Solo Jaunt To New Hampshire

At the end of February, I had the opportunity to return to New Hampshire for a visit. The main reason for my trip was to accompany the auditions at the NH Professional Theatre Auditions, but I managed to squeeze in a social night with the Actorsingers teaching a couple of songs, many outings with friends and family, returning to play a church service at the Congregational Church of Henniker as well as a few online voice lessons.

Snow In NH | Ross and Jamie Adventure It was also a good reminder of why I escaped NH – in major part, the weather!

Robbie and Mom, Manchester, NH | Ross and Jamie Adventure
Dinner with Robbie and Mom

It was such a busy and fun trip. My friends and family were incredibly generous, and I had amazing meals, hugs and conversations. People truly went out of their way to spend time with me, and those conversations and the love have continued to fuel me since then.

Dad, Concord, NH | Ross and Jamie Adventure
Breakfast with Dad

Thank you so much to everyone who made time for me, and my sincere apologies to those I didn’t have time to connect with. I look forward to seeing you all on a future visit. The Puritan, Manchester, NH | Ross and Jamie Adventure

The Puritan Backroom does gluten-free very well.

Much love from the Southwest!

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How And When To Apply For Spring Camping Permits

State Parks | Ross and Jamie Adventure State and national parks especially can get really competitive if you want to stay on site! I recently wrote an article for Outdoorsy on this subject.

Here’s how and when to apply for spring camping permits.

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