New Mexico, state twenty-five (woo, half-way!), by the numbers:
Total miles: 1,653
Total money earned: $0
Total money spent: $226.30
Other transport: $1.75 (parking)
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $257.13
Total under budget: $30.83
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $17
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $10 ($151 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $36 ($128 from $80)
Number of free meals: 11
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 9
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0
Total nights spent in the car: 0
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 7
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 7
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0
Total dates: 0
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 25
Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” moments: 0
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 40
NEW MEXICO MUST-SEES/MUST-DOS:
Truth or Consequences – Riverbend Hot Springs – a nice relaxing vacation.
Carlsbad – Carlsbad Caverns – super cool caverns with lots to look at – a good hike.
Albuquerque – see the sun set on the mountains – it’s beautiful!
Chimayo – Santuario de Santo Niño de Atocha – really beautiful and peaceful spiritual place.
Taos Pueblo – interesting insight into modern Native culture.
Rio Grande River Gorge Bridge – will make you feel really small.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park – beautiful ancient ruins in the desert surrounded by cliffs, awe-inspiring, for sure.
NEW MEXICO THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
Roswell – pretty sure I didn’t get much better of an explanation of the UFO phenomenon in Roswell than I already had.
Santa Fe – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – go to any major art museum to see O’Keeffe’s work, don’t come here.
Aztec Ruins National Monument – especially if you go to Chaco Culture.
Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!