One of my favorite things about going mobile for my husband’s med school rotations was the freedom it gave us to be by family. Medical school is long and hard. You don’t get many chances to take a break and go for a visit. And when it’s all over you have residency, which I hear is worse. So we took full advantage of our flexibility and set up our first rotation in Farmington, New Mexico.
For my husband and I, family reigns supreme. We’re far from settling down, but when we do we’ve always said it will be either by his family or mine. So, it was pretty big deal for us when Jake’s family moved from the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest to the New Mexico desert. This was a good opportunity to get out and see the fun and beautiful things surrounding a possible future home of ours.
Of course, good timing helps. We first got to New Mexico the beginning of April, and things were a bit on the dry side. But we were coming from winter in the northern states and enjoyed the warmth. About the middle of April we spent a week in Colorado, struggled through a snowstorm, and came back to…paradise? Well, a desert paradise, anyway.
Not only is New Mexico beautiful this time of year, there is also a lot to do. Camping, horseback riding, hiking, and river rafting, to name a few. And you have the four corners monument, Arches National Park, Aztec ruins, and Mesa Verde within decent driving distance.
And of course, the kids had a blast hanging out with their cousins.
And last, but not least, we can’t talk about New Mexico without mentioning the beautiful sunsets.