All I can say is wow!!

Trip Start Aug 05, 2009
Trip End Aug 25, 2009

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ok I covered Oklahoma City and Amarillo, TX in the last blog. There was reallly not much to say about either. We did have a funny experience having lunch in Oklahoma City. Yes! we were in a Denny's (not only is the food cheap, but they also have free Wifi) As we were ordering our food we were on Skype with my parents in Wales, and on my cell phone with Yai Yai in Greece. The waitress could not believe that she was being seen on a computer in Wales. Amarillo, TX was exactly what I thought it would be. The hotel sucked, stinky pool and hot tub, wifi would not work in our room and the most exciting thing to see in the town was ten old cadillacs buried in the ground and covered in spray paint, it is known as Cadillac Ranch. Ok on to Santa Fe, NM. As soon as we entered the town I knew I was going to love it. The adobe buildings are incredible. Our hotel was really nice and having two nights there made the trex to our room well worth it.  Juliet, Ellie and myself went to a really cute mexican for dinner. ( it was within walking diastance thank goodness, as I do not think I could have gotten Ellie back in a car.) We woke up on Friday morning and waited for Debbie's friend Natalie to arrive. We then went to the Plaza which was wonderful. Beautiful shops, churches and people. I photographed three really cool teenages who were skateboarding in the bandstand in the main plaza park. Deb had a frito pie in the original woolworths, (five and dime store). For those of you that do not know what a frito pie is, it is a bag of fritos opened on the side. Into the bag you add beans, meat, and cheese. Deb is a huge lover of the frito and therefore she loved the pie. We walked around the plaza in and out of beautiful stores and galleries. Santa Fe is without a doubt a place I could live in. It is full of interesting, ecclectic, liberal people, lots of artists, beautiful buildings and wonderful weather. After an afternoon of shopping the girls wanted to jump into the pool ( surprise surprise) at about nine oclock Natalie watched the girls for 30 mins while Deb and I went to pick up an indian dinner. I am a big lover of Indian food and the meal we had in Santa Fe was by far one of the best Indian meals I have ever had. Yet another reason for moving to Santa Fe. Today we woke up, packed up and headed out of Santa Fe, for a six hour drive to Denver.The drive was great, beautiful scenery all the way, girls were very good. So here I am now sitting in a beautiful hotel room in the Downtown Denver Hyatt. Got a great room rate for two nights ($98 a night) however, what they do not tell you is that it is $30 for parking, $10 for internet and no free breakfast. So needless to say we have cancelled our second night tomorrow and are heading to a La Quita in Boulder for $89 per night with free parking, free breakfast, and free Wi Fi. Also debbie will not look out of place going to the lobby for a cigarette in her sponge bob PJ's. Goodnight to you all. Enjoy the blog and the photos and if you can leave a comment or two so I know people are reading my blog. Love Joe
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jaypee5 on

Sante fe
You all seem to be having a great time. Photographs are wonderful and we are so happy that parents are cooperating and you are photographing children throughout your trip.

Juliet, you will never forget this trip, dipping and ducking and diving like dragonfly and jaypee to places you have never been before.

Ellie, Remember to just be yourself and when the travelling gets too much put on your tough face and raise that fist and it will not seem so bad.
Love you loads, wish we were there

Nana & Granpa

tules16 on

Please don't go
I would be very very sad if you moved to Santa Fe - just make it a visiting spot - but keep your butt right here in Piscataway - pretty please!
Love reading your blog and seeing where you have been and what you have been doing, we are really enjoying it. We bought a new map of the US and we are going to look at your journey at some point today. Keep on trucking, or mini vanning, having a great time, miss you, stay safe!

sandrabkmd on

Wish I were there!
Hi Joe! Loving your blog and keeping up with your trip. I will have to consult with you when I plan our cross country trip in 2 years (gotta do Disney again first). Sounds like you are all having fun. Looking forward to seeing you all when you get home. PS No moving to Sante Fe -- that would be a very long trip for book club night!

juestedomwil on

Sounds like you're having a fab time seeing some beuatiful places! I'm loving all the pictures!! Miss you all so much xx

mpnapoli1 on

So glad you guys are having such a good time. Hard to believe how the time has flown and you are halfway across the country. Enjoy Denver.... You will love Boulder... Plenty of Liberal, granola eating, tree hugging hippies with not a care in the world. You're getting ready to venture into our world now so enjoy and savor. Thanks for the Pix Msg last night.... Wish we were out there with you.

lknelson on

that sounds delicious...
I read your blog and I am SO making that Frito Pie tomorrow night - it sounds awesome! Lots of potential to be a great Girl Scout campfire dinner...

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