Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
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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,
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.
Where I stayed