New Mexico is a famous state in my family, chiefly because of an incident that occurred on a vacation one summer. There's a patch of road called "Four Corners," where four states converge--Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico--and we were scheduled to stop during our road trip, but some kind of outburst ensued instead. It involved screaming, along with threats to drive straight through if the yelling didn't cease. I may have kicked my brother, I don't remember now. But I was eight and my brother was four, so that might at least give you an idea of what could have happened. In the end, my parents made good on their promise, and we missed Four Corners all together, so I never did set food in New Mexico after all.
I'm unsure when I'll make another attempt, but today Aviva Markowitz takes us on a literary tour of Santa Fe, which is a good substitute. You'll want to bookmark her recommendations for coffee houses (some with roaring fireplaces), huevos rancheros, and independent movie theaters before your next trip to this breathtaking desert landscape.