#1 Ingredient to Making a Great Road Trip

Woman wearing camo pants standing in front of the welcome to new mexico sign.

Road trips are the ultimate feeling of freedom. All you need is a car and you’re free to go anywhere at anytime. Recently, I went on one of the best road trips of my life. What made this road trip so much better than all the others? One thing: spontaneity. Yes, this trip was completely unplanned. It was a spur of the moment idea that was instantly acted upon and that, I think, is precisely what made it so beautiful.

I literally woke up one morning and decided I needed a change of scenery. There was no stress about what to wear or how much clothes to pack because I didn’t pack! I just left. I also didn’t bother to source a hotel online or research a list of things to do. I just knew I wanted to drive out of Texas to see something different. I glanced at a map and saw that Texas borders Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. I’ve been to Arkansas and Oklahoma, I’ve lived in Mexico and Louisiana, but I’ve never been to New Mexico so I picked New Mexico and started driving!

I had heard good things about Ruidoso so I selected it as my first destination. It ended up being a 9.5 hour drive from Austin and I just randomly selected a local motel upon pulling into town for a period of 2 nights. I spent the following days exploring Ruidoso and it is everything everyone talks about and more. It’s absolutely beautiful and the air – OMG the air – is heavenly. It smells like pine everywhere.

Upon completing my Ruidoso exploration I drove 4.5 hours north to Taos. Taos is an amazing town and I can’t wait to go back. I unexpectedly arrived there during the Taos Solar Music Festival so every hotel, brothel, and teepee were full. After getting turned away at several places I finally found a local motel that had availability in their “doggy style suite”. Every morning during my stay, dog treats arrived on a silver platter at my door. I wish I was making this up.

After experiencing a couple nights of the unique and lovely Taos, I drove 3.5 hours north to Colorado Springs where I went hiking and explored every local brewery. My trip would have continued even further but alas, I ran out of money. Aah that money thing. So I drove 14 hours back to Austin. All. In. One. Hit. And that’s the only downside of road trips. At some point they come to an end. But…there’s always next week!

Nom & Happiness,

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