Saturday Night In Santa Fe

Trip Start Jul 31, 2013
Trip End Sep 06, 2013

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Rancheros de Santa Fe
What I did
Downtown Santa Fe

Flag of United States  , Kansas
Saturday, August 17, 2013

  On our way to Santa Fe this morning we had to do a bit of grocery shopping in Durango.  We got split up into groups to cover all the meals for the next few days.  Fred, me & Billy Bob were on stuff for breakfast.  We have a fairly good idea what most of us like for breakfast, the general consensus is that the Americans can't eat anything for breakfast unless it's dripping in syrup.  I think Nick is having withdrawal symptoms, as we don't eat enough shit.  He buys the most weird flavoured crisps, which we have all banned him from buying for us, as they are so artifically flavoured.  Tonight is Sophie's birthday, the third one to celebrate a birthday on this trip.  We have a little surprise for her, we are going to present her with a cupcake instead of a real birthday cake.  Nick is going to tell her that we have gone over budget and a cupcake was all we could afford.

On the way to Santa Fe we stopped off at the site of an abandoned aztec ruin.  No one knows exactly why they all upped and left, but the site indicates a well organised society this site is of Chaco architecture and was built somewhere between 850 and 1130.  They were quite small people no taller than 5ft 4ins.

  Tonight is our first real taste of Mexican food in a real Mexican Cantina.  While we were waiting for our table we thought it might be polite to sample the local drink.  The girls all went for the frozen Margarita swirl, a kind of strawberry & cream concoction.  It nearly blew my socks off but tasted divine.
 All our meals were pretty good, and almost the legendary large portions we had been expecting since landing in America.  When everyone had finished their meal it was time to bring on the cupcake and sing happy birthday to Sophie.  I would like to add that Sophie does have at least one mini melt down a day, and it was quite possible that this could spark her off and that she might come out with one of her favourite quotes "This is bollocks this".  When the waitress bought the cupcake to the table you could see the confusion on Sophie's face.  Nick gave his spiel about the tight budget, then handed her a knife and told her to do her best to cut it into 10 pieces.  Bless her cotton socks, she tried very hard to conceal her disappointment, but did get a bit flustered trying to serve out equal portions of her very tiny cake.  Meanwhile the rest of us were trying desperately hard not to laugh.  Nick gave the waitress the nod to bring over the proper cake complete with glowing candles and for the second time that night we sang happy birthday to Sophie.  She did admit later that she thought it was a bit off that she had only got a cupcake whilst Fred & Mariam had had real birthday cakes.
 We didn't see that much of Santa Fey but it appeared to have a very strong Mexican influence.  What was a bit strange was the amount of people who turned out to see the train arrive at the Santa Fey station.  Obviously the thing to do on a Saturday night in Santa Fey. 

 18/8/13 Carlsbad Caverns.  We have been travelling at an average elevation of 6,000ft since leaving Vegas.  Our drive today is 280 miles we have to get to Carlsbad Cavern by 3.30pm to do the last tour of the bat caves.  The temperature is 94F pretty hot Nick's special treat for today is a stop off in Roswell.  Roswell is famous for supposedly being the site where an alien spaceship crashed back in the fifties.  You can't buy anything in Roswell that doesn't have a little green man on it.  It was fun reading all the old newspaper cuttings.  The jury is still out on whether it did or did not happen.
 The Carlsbad cave is quite spectacular and most certainly the biggest cave I've ever been in.  It's 800 ft to the bottom of the cave and the temperature is a constant 56F.  There is plenty to admire about Mother Natures work as you wind your way in and out the various rooms.  I think we were all grateful for a ride back up to the surface in the elevator.
 We had a couple of hours to kill before viewing the bats leaving their cave for a night of feeding.We are all a bit nervy about our campsite tonight as we have been warned to make sure we zip up our tents to keep the tarantula's out.  Nice!  
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Caz on

So you're calling the 5'4" people small!!

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