This past weekend I went to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit my brother and sister-in-love Laura! November 10th is my brother’s birthday, so I decided to do something spontaneous and fly down there and surprise him—and I also took them to a super awesome concert!
For those of you who were born in the early 90’s, used to listen to Power-FM 89.7 (which is now WAY-FM), I’m sure you have heard of the bands Switchfoot and Relient K. If you have, chances are you still enjoy their music!–especially their oldies like ”Dare you to Move” (SF) and “Sadie Hawkins Dance” (RK). These were two of mine and my brother’s favorite bands growing up, so I thought I would not only visit them but take him and Laura to their concert. I had no idea they would be in NM, I just googled Switchfoot’s tour dates and conveniently enough, they were on tour with Relient K, playing close to my brother’s birthday AND close to where he lived–JACKPOT!!
The concert was so much fun and brought back a lot of memories of riding to and from school with my brother in his truck listening to these bands.
Before we went to the concert, we all stopped in “Old Town Albuquerque” to do some shopping, eating. Laura had also wanted me to take their fall pictures for Christmas cards, and she decided this was the perfect place to do so–and I’m so glad we did!
This downtown area was so neat, festive, and it looked much more like fall there than it does currently in Texas–I was especially overjoyed with all of the colorful trees!
If you have ever walked downtown Albuquerque, there’s one thing that you can’t miss—Red Chili Ristra’s and Chile Wreaths! According to the New Mexican tradition, Ristra’s (which is the string of Chile) are used for decoration to hang along your fence or above your door and are said to bring good luck and good health; also hospitality. The Ristra was created to dry and preserve Chile pods for future uses of cooking. After each Fall when the Chile harvest is over, bright red Ristras are seen everywhere in New Mexico. You can read more about it’s tradition and history here.
Here is a look of Tyler and Laura’s Fall Session with Chili Ristra’s and more! Enjoy!:)