Our first stop was in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Driving in was beautiful. It was fun to hear the kids ooohhhs and ahhhhs with all the mountains surrounding us. We stayed in a little hotel near Old Town. I really wanted the kids to see some local artists. As luck would have it, we walked into a little gallery where a local Native American artist was hard at work. His name is Danny Ramirez and he showed us around his gallery and told us a little bit about his work. Sergio started talking to him and it turns out that he knows Sergio's art teacher Amado Pena!! It was nice to have a real working artist talk to my kids about following your dreams and how you can make a living with your art.
He was so kind as to give us one of his litho prints and autographed it to our family!
Check out his work here http://sites.google.com/site/studio13site/
Here's some pics of his gallery and the art work he gave us:
We did some shopping in the little shops, looked at some cool jewelry and just enjoyed the beautiful day. Then we went for a drive to look at all the cool New Mexico architecture!
We also had lunch at the famous Doghouse. This was featured on the Food Network's Dives, Diners, and Drive inns program and we were not disappointed.
It started to snow so we had dinner at the mall, walked around a bit then headed back to the hotel where we snuggled up and watched tv. It was nice to be all together in one room. We played cards and laughed....a lot!
Next stop California!!