{New Mexico Trip // Day 1 // Getting to our Cabin}

 Back in November or early December Nate's mom started texting him asking if we'd be interested in a cabin/mountain trip for my birthday in January! Nate didn't even have to ask me. He knows that if the question is mountains that my answer will always be a YES!! So then the search for a cabin began! She found one that fit our family and the time frame that we needed. It was so cute and dreamy! Seeing pictures of the cabin surrounded by snow made my heart so happy! However, when we got there we had to switch cabins!! More on that later...

We left for our trip on Thursday, January 14th after work. We drove right around four hours and then got a hotel to rest up for the second leg of our trip. I could barely get to sleep that night! I was way too excited and so ready to be in the mountains. AKA...my happy place!! And then I was wide awake at 5:30 am the next morning just waiting on the rest of the group to wake up! I actually took two baths that morning just to pass the time. The water in the hotel was so hot and it was so relaxing and it was freezing in our hotel room!! I mean, what else was I going to do at 5:30 in the morning? ha! Finally, around 8 am everyone else started waking up. We had breakfast in that small town and then got on the road.

The west Texas part of this trip is normally so boring! However, this time we had some excitement. We had to keep dodging HUGE tumbleweeds!!! It was windy and those things were on the move!!

Then the real excitement began...we started seeing mountains. I could literally feel my soul coming alive!!! 

Before going to our cabin (we were there a little earlier than check-in time) we took a stroll down the strip of Red River. It's a tiny little ski town with so much charm! It felt so good to see this area again. Then we started looking for our cabin. The closer we got, the more dreamy the area got. I could barely sit still in that truck. 

And then we found the cabin...

Adorable, right? 

We stepped out of the truck and into so much snow!! Eeek! It was that moment that we realized that we didn't pack our overnight bag very well. We packed it in a Texas state of mind and not a New Mexico snow state of mind. All of our warm clothes were in our luggage in the back of the truck. But who cares? We made it and it was awesome! We can freeze for a few. haha. 

We went in to check out our cabin and immediately found so many issues! Womp. Womp. The cabin hadn't been cleaned since the last guests, there were no linens (later found them all piled on the washing machine), the back door to the cabin was wide open, and then we found a leak in the master bath. It was so bad that it had soaked the master bedroom and was making its way out into the hall. We called the owner of the cabin and went over everything with him. He told us to sit tight and that he would call us back after talking to his maintenance crew in NM. He called back and walked Nathan through shutting off the water/power etc. Nate was gone for quite a while and we had no idea what was going on or what was going to happen. Nate comes back about 15 minutes later and said that the owner told him, "I normally don't do this, but I am going to move y'all to my personal family cabin next door for the week"!! Umm, what?? Is this for real? We felt so bad that he had to deal with the busted pipes at that cabin, but felt so blessed to be able to move to a bigger/nicer cabin. This thing was unbelievable!!! The most perfect log cabin ever!! 

It's hard to tell from these pictures, but it was probably 3-4 times bigger than the cabin we had originally rented. Our jaws all dropped when we went in!!

Amazing, right?! We were so overwhelmed with gratefulness that all we could keep saying is "this is awesome!!" Then it was time to unload all of our luggage for the week. We didn't even mind that we had to trek through the snow. 

Then Nate and I ran to the grocery store in town to get some essentials and stuff to make chili! We didn't want to bring cold goods with us since we knew we would be stopping overnight on the way there. 

Note for anyone planning a trip to Red River...the grocery store there is insanely expensive. 

We spent the evening getting cozy in the cabin. There's just something so magical about being in a cabin in the snowy mountains!! Just calls for a fire and fuzzy socks!!

Stay tuned for part two...

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