Old Climbering Grounds & Brotherly / Motherly Surprises

Yup that's right, old stomping grounds: the crazy conglomerate of El Rito, New Mexico.  Little ol El Rito was anything but quiet this past week.  I remember coming here to climb on weekends and nearly having the whole crag to ourselves, perhaps it was the recent feature in Climbing magazine.  Kinda cool to see the area getting some recognition.  El Rito rocks! and don't forget to visit the nearby Ojo Caliente mineral springs and spa on that rest day:)    

In between climbing / camping stints at El Rito Kristin and I traveled a little further south on 5/13 to Santa Fe for a special surprise.  We orchestrated a perfect UN-discoverable surprise...or we thought:)  See, May 13 is my brothers birthday, which also happened to be Mother's day this year:)  Dad was to convince the two of them it was a simple trip to Santa Fe to celebrate the joint b-day / m-day.  It almost worked.  It turned out mom had a slight tip off to the surprise (Dad discussing the surprise with me over the tele....with mom sitting right next to him)  Sean had no idea so we batted a 0.500 on 5/13.

Dad took them both to the Marble brewery taproom overlooking the Santa Fe plaza for a midday brew-ski. At this time we called them on their cell phones to wish them a happy days, after a few words we then walked into room to two really BIG smiles:)         

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Our Lady of Guadalupe

If only she was this surprised when we walked in

Sean n Ol Johnny Cash (his favorite musician)

My Darling Smile

Pops @ Marble
Second Street Brewery - Next visit , McQuade's to CO

Staying dry during an El Rito hail storm

The Scoop - ya thats right the only down skirt being worn in NM....EVER?