Monday, February 28, 2022

New Mexico day 3: Meow Wolf to Truth or Consequences

Today was an exciting day: we had a 10am reservation for Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf is an interactive, immersive art experience. Founded in Santa Fe, it has spread to two other locations: Las Vegas and Denver. Each location is completely different, though equally amazing. And it was the number one thing I wanted to see in New Mexico. (#2? White Sands National Park. #3? Carlsbad Caverns)

We fueled up on astoundingly massive vegetarian breakfast burritos from the Santa Famous (get it?) food truck. So. Good. 

Then we made our way across town to Meow Wolf. There really aren't any words... just like there really isn't any "right way" or "wrong way" to experience it. So here are 10 of my favorite photos. Note, 10x the photos still wouldn't really suffice, but...

But this classic might be my favorite:


Eventually we had made our way through the entire place -- oh, including the gift shop of course -- and could feel it getting more crowded as more and more timed groups entered. We skipped the Meow Wolf margarita (note to self: have one upon arrival, THEN explore...)

yep, that's cotton candy on top...

Then we were on the road again, heading to Truth or Consequences. (Oh, umm, we stopped at a quilt shop... but that surprises no one, right? More surprising is that I managed not to buy anything!)

Truth or Consequences used to be called "Hot Springs" because, well, because the town is riddled with hot springs. And as Wil wanted a mellow couple of days over his birthday, it seemed like a good place to spend it. I had originally hoped to stay in either a hot springs resort or the swanky hotel, but the resort was all booked up, and the swanky hotel was having trouble with their web site. So I turned to AirBnB and found a cute little cottage with its own private outdoor tub and well to the hot water. 

T or C (as the locals call it) is a cute if odd little town. We checked in to the cottage (simple, spotless, quiet, perfect) and then went for a little wander. There's a good local grocery store, a couple of local restaurants, some shops, and the excellent Truth or Consequences Brewing Company. Guess where we went. 

Wil tried one of their beers, I tried one of the local ciders, and then ordered food from a restaurant across the way (they delivered it to our table with a smile). Delicious food, good drinks, and a nice, friendly vibe. Perfect way to spend Wil's birthday eve!

Then back to the cottage, where we filled up the tub and spent the evening soaking. Perfection!

Oh, and in case you're wondering why it's called Truth or Consequences, there's a simple little history on their tourist information site. 

Tomorrow: Riverbend Hotsprings, and SUNBURN.

** A quick note on this post -- I'm catching up on my New Mexico memories and backdating blog posts to each day.

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