The Southwest

Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2550 miles on odometer
Was happy to leave Amarillo.  It is a sad little town.  I felt especially bad for the woman who was checking into the hotel explaining that her boyfriend held a knife to her, and then she and her kids were kicked out.  Wouldn't you WANT to leave rather than get kicked out???  But, she needed a place to stay so that is how our paths crossed at the Motel 6.  I hope she is ok. 

I made my way to Santa Fe.  The terrain was interesting.  Went from completely flat to the mesas.  It was quite beautiful.  There was one road where I barely saw anyone, maybe 3 cars in 1 hour.  It was a little scary at first, thinking "What if something happened, I am stranded with no cell phone or passer bys."  But that quickly passed and it was quite invigorating to feel somewhat off the radar.  It also looks quite drap at first glance.  Then you start to notice all of the colors the landscape has.  The photos do no justice. 

Santa fe is COLD!  It had snowed the night before and there was still some on the ground.  I was thinking of going to the Museum of native Americam Culture (or something like that) but decided against it.  I didn't want to pay the high fee, and also compromise the native american community by going.  I was not sure if the proceeds go back to the community or if stuffy white men pocket the money.  I'd rather see it first hand.  So I am going to go to a reservation/pueblo today. 

I went down to the plaza area, which is filled with touristy stores and trinkets from Mexico.  Some were neat but [PHOTO_ID_L=bowls.jpg
others were junk.  There is an area in front of the Governors Palace where the native americans line up and sell their own stuff.  No middle man.  I ended up purchasing the most beautiful ring in the world.  I wasn't going to, and I put it back and continued walking.  But it kept calling my name so I went back and treated myself to the one and only gift along this trip.  I'll take a picture and post it next entry.  I ate at a local restaurat called The Shed that served New Mexican food.  I just had a taco.  I wandered into a store that sold a bunch of tiles.  The merchant was a French man, very nice.  We talked about the rest of my trip and he gave me some suggestions, and confirmed that I should go to southern Utah.  he also was totaly impressed with what i plan to do in oregon and said I am going to be a huge success.  Let's hope he is right :)  

I left and headed up to Taos to stay in a hostel called the Abominable Snowmansion - funny!  It is a funky hostel with a lot of character.  The people were very nice.  I was exhausted so I went to bed pretty early.  I had a dorm room all to myself :) And no loud bass!  I slept well.  I am now sitting in a cafe/local artist shop called the Seco Pearl using their internet and sipping on tea.  They have some awesome handmade, recycled things.  I have not really firmed up my route today.  Once you get into the Grand Canyon/Southern Utah area the roads are few and far between, making the connections harder.  So, I guess I will truly see where the wind takes me. 
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