Which way to Santa Fe?

Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I am writing this entry reviewing the events from the last two days, so bare with me! Yesterday we had the opportunity to sleep in and not immediately wake up and drive 300 miles, which was quite a nice treat! After having breakfast at the hotel, we decided to start driving south toward Santa Fe. The drive was very nondescript and we encountered our first snafu when we missed our turn in Aztec, New Mexico and accidentally wound up in Farmington, which I immediately knew was not in the right direction! Luckily, we turned around and had next to no trouble finding the turn off the second time around. Once we were heading in the correct direction, we had no problems getting to Santa Fe. 

We arrived in the quaint town a bit after lunch, and although we had a little difficulty finding down town, eventually we made it to our hotel, which was a perfect walking distance to the main plaza. After dropping our stuff off at our room, we immediately walked into the plaza and started shopping! After a few hours of walking around the adorable plaza and precious side streets, we retired back to the hotel until dinner. We wanted to have a really nice southwestern dinner, due to the fact that Santa Fe was such a culturally rich city. After consulting trip advisor we selected a lovely restaurant a quick walk from our hotel. When we showed up we got seated out in the hall way because we did not have a reservation. We didn't mind though, especially because the food was phenomenal! I had mango gazpacho as an appetizer, and then had some red chile pork tamales, which were to die for! My mom had a piece of pork ribeye in a chipotle sauce, that was the best piece of pork either of us had ever had! And for dessert, I opted for the Mexican Chocolate Strudel, which was impeccable! Both of us agreed that we wanted to come back here one day with the rest of the family. The delicious dinner was a perfect end to our day.

This morning we slept in again and had a late breakfast at a little french cafe that was connected to our hotel. From here, we checked out and decided to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. It was a small little art gallery and gave me a nice look at her work. After spending a little over 30 minutes there, we returned to the streets to do a bit more shopping, and then had a big lunch before hitting the road south to Albuquerque. 

In Albuquerque we headed right to our hotel and are relaxing before our big travel day tomorrow. I can say without doubt, the southwest has really taken my breathe away and I cannot wait to move here next year. It should be quite the change from western Washington.
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