We meet up with Huckleberry again!!!!

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, August 20, 2007

Beautiful day and we set off for Santa Fe down Hwy 160 which is very pretty.

We enjoyed the scenery and reached Charma where a visit to the Tourist Info indicated that pools and WiFi didn't exist in the hotels in town. We had lunch in "High Country Restaurant" which is a wood-sided place looking very run-down.

We went in the bar and it was a MJ-type of place, kinda dirty and dark but a great selection of beers. We sat at the bar and after a while a stropy-barmaid arrived and we managed to get some drinks out of her. The restaurant next door was busy and she wanted to get back...but we loved the attitude.

We had a great chicken salad and excellent IPA and MJ definitely wants to go back one day, we enjoyed the juke-box and food. The view was excellent - a pine-covered hill climbing from the other side of the road. We found an excellent radio station that plays 1940's radio plays - today was crime stories. It was 20 minute plays that seem so clichéd now - but it was great to listen.

We pressed on in nice weather and after a while found some excellent buttes to photograph - very New Mexico. We'd planned to stay in Espanola - but it was a dump, we'd been driving for 4 hours so thought we'd check the room rates out - assuming they'd be circa $50. Days Inn and Comfort Inn both wanted $75 plus tax for some pretty crummy places and we declined. We drove on wondering who they thought would pay that to stay in a run-down Nowhere Ville.

We'd heard from the Tourist Info lady that there was an Indian festival in Santa Fe and as we drove into downtown we could confirm that - some streets we blocked off and there were tourists everywhere. We feared the worse but managed to find the street we knew BW was on and drove down it out of town. There were loads of hotels and they all seemed to have vacancies. The scenery and architecture is quite different here and makes a change - albeit that nothing ain't gonna to beat Colorado.

We found BW and got a reasonable rate and breathed a huge sigh of relief - we need this grade of hotel for a few days R&R. Went for a swim and a sunbathe in 87F followed but a G&T in the room.

We asked the receptionist where we could get a good Mexican and he sent us three blocks down to the Blue Something, we get there and sit down and blown me down who turns up but our old friends from Louisiana. We joined them for a meal and an excellent chat - they had been over to Four Corners and come into Santa Fe via the Sand Dunes to the north - so a completely different trip. Then amazingly they had booked into the same hotel as us and been directed to the same restaurant.

We went back to the hotel in convoy and then chatted on into the night in their suite (they seem to have plenty of money - much of it thru excellent stock market purchases on the advise of a friendly CPA they have known for years). If there was any doubt about going to see them it has now gone - we're fated to keeping bumping into them!!
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