Our Missionary Position and Colon Blow

Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2009

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Please assure Christian Bale that Santa Fe is still here, although I was never sure why he wanted to leave New York and all of the singing and dancing.

We kicked off our time in Santa Fe the evening of the 5th with a fantastic meal on a rooftop restaurant called the Coyote Cantina (thank you Jodi's cousin). We began with some jalepeno poppers on crack in shot glasses with various sauces. Delicious, but we haven't yet had a bowel movement that doesn't smell of fiery chilis (sorry for the faint of heart, but if you're faint of heart, we are probably not friends). 

 The Santa Fe Inn was absolutely fantastic, quaint, comfortable and right in the heart of Santa Fe's downtown which we kept trying to find before realizing that we were in downtown and that sky scrapers don't necessarily make a city.

We began our day on the 6th, Catholic style with trips to two missions. The first was the Loretta Chapel run by the Loretta Sisters (nuns, not a snappy African American soul band). The highlight of the chapel are what Joe has taken to call "the magic stairs." The sisters believe that St. Joseph came and built this staircase for them. A man showed up, refused pay, stayed for 6 months and made a staircase up to their choir loft which isn't built in any traditional style. I'll leave you to your own thoughts on this one.

We then headed slightly out of town to the Chimayo Shrine where there is as Joe calls it "magic dirt" that people spread on various medical maladys and are cured. It was a pretty crazy place with lots of crutches, braces, etc. from people who had been cured at the shrine. I must admit that no matter what you think about the truth of these healings, it was an incredibly peaceful and beautiful place.

Back on the road to Santa Fe National Park. After about an hour of prep for a mile hike we hit the trail. I wish I liked nature more, but the hike was relatively painless and we reached a lovely waterfall at the top.

We then headed to 10,000 Waves Spa which is modeled after a Japanese onsen. We had a private bath with a fab jacuzzi and plunge cold pool (who doesn't love being naked outside?!) and then signed in for our Indo Asian massages. 

 I like to try new spa treatments that are specialties to the area that we are in. Joe and I were lead to tables where we were covered from head to toe in heated massage oil, enough to fry us like big non-organic chickens with oversized breasts. We then had a cocoa powder like substance sprinkled on us and rubbed into us to make a mud paste, then wrapped like a taco in an herb wrap. It was exquisite but Joe and I both compared notes afterwards and had the same reaction to Sundown and Robin, our therapists..."oh, you're going to touch me there? That's new." All parts of our bodies are sufficiently buffed.

Back into Santa Fe for more Mexican food for dinner at Tomasitas. We are in love with the sopaipillas (kind of like a fry bread) that are served with honey butter or just plain honey. They are a side dish of every meal and we heartily welcome them at our table. We both had the tamale blue plate special which we are both experiencing again at various points today. 

Santa Fe rocked!

We then headed out to Albuquerque and plopped down for the night at Hotel Blue. Think the hotel from "No Country For Old Men." The room was great, but we are both lucky to have our organs this morning.

More in a consise smart way from Joe tomorrow!


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