Thursday, March 31, 2011

Greetings From New Mexico

It is Spring Break, and my wife wanted to go somewhere warm and to a place we had never been before. So, here we are in New Mexico.

Traveling with our son can be challenging. We had some anxiety about how Kai would do with all the waiting at the airport, and just being on the plane. But those went very smoothly. It’s always nice when your child doesn’t use any threatening words that would get you arrested or kicked off the plane. But, Kai’s behavior went beyond that. He waited nicely in the security line at the airport, and the flight was uneventful. I give at least some of the credit to the most impactful invention of the past 50 years – the personal dvd player. But, really, my only issue was Kai asking me every two minutes what state we flying were over.

After we landed and went outside, it felt great to be in sunshine and warm temperatures. It was quite a change for us winter-weary Midwesterners. We got our rental car and were on our way.

Recently, Kai has been interested in a series of children’s stories called “Harry and the Dinosaurs.” So, we thought what better way to kick off our trip than to head to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. There, we had learned, we can view dinosaur fossils, as well as go through their planetarium, another favorite of Kai’s.

When we got there, he seemed only mildly interested in the dinosaur sculptures outside, and showed virtually no interest in the real dinosaurs inside. It was disappointing, and then challenging, when we had to struggle to keep him there long enough to see the dinosaur movie that we had bought tickets for when we entered the museum. We did get him to stay, but he had little interest in the movie as well. Oh well, sometimes the best-laid plans just don’t turn out.

Kai was much more excited to go to our hotel. And when we got there, we were all thrilled, too. Set against the Sandia Mountains in a quiet location well outside of Albuquerque, it feels like we really are away from home. We could not have picked a more beautiful, serene place.

Hanabi Boy in a peaceful place? It will be quite a vacation.

Tomorrow: we travel the High Road to Taos.

Photos of our trip can be found on our Facebook page.

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