Do you know the way to Santa Fe?

Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wooooo! Alright!! We've got an easy day today! Only an hour drive to Santa Fe... and then a whole day outta the car :) That's what I'm talkin' about.

First, I had to say bye to Jenny... so we parted after breakfast and said our goodbyes at the belgium waffle maker. so apropos.

Then it was time to load the bags (my mom's (she's replacing Jenny from this point on) and mine) and take off. Ohhhhhh except SOMEONE ( I won't mention any names) decided to bring the world's largest suitcase AND an additional small bag with her..... and they wouldn't fit in the car. Good Jesus. I pushed and pulled and juggled a few bags while mumbling a few very unfriendly things under my breath, and eventually got all the crap in the back of the car. AND WE'RE OFF!

So we're on the interstate heading toward Santa Fe and my poor car is crying trying to get up the hills with all my junk in the back. She's like a poor pack mule with too much stuff loaded in her packs. I'm pretty sure if she could talk, she'd be swearing at me right now. Anyway.... we decide that we've got to unload some stuff or we'll never make it through the mountain passes on the way to portland. Luckily enough, I've got that smart GPS friend who whispered directions to the nearest post office in Santa Fe in my ear. So we had barely arrived in this beautiful city, and we're enjoying the unique sights and sounds of the local post office.... God, only me. After a ridiculous charade of loading and unloading and taping and carrying and mailing boxes, we got back in the car to really go see Santa Fe. Day off... huh.

Wooooo OKAY! Santa Fe! Yeah! We're here! and it's awesome!!!! We headed straight downtown for the plaza and walked around all of the little shops to check out the local craftsman and artists' work. Then we headed to the Cathedral of the basilica of St. Francis, which had some pretty stunning architecture, especially the stained glass windows! Oh and p.s. while we were there Jesus enacted the eleventh commandment, which is thou shalt not mess around with the organ console of the St. Francis cathedral.... we followed that up by browsing around the local moccasin selection (YES! I might need some moccasins.... OR maybe I just think they're cute... but who doesn't?)

After all of that wandering, we went to the Loretto Chapel on Old Santa Fe Trail. Pretty cool..... basically, there is a spiral staircase in the chapel that goes from the naive to the choir room.... BUT the staircase was built with no glue, no nails, no center supporting columns, no bannister.... the 33 stairs essentially float in mid air. They're not even bolted to the wall at any point. Incredible! and people walked on them for about 100 years. So crazy... no one can figure it out! It was even apparently on Unsolved Mysteries... weird. I think it's just purely perfect craftsmanship that kept them from collapsing on each other... who knows?

After the Chapel, we played around with some of the statues around town, and grabbed some dinner at the bluecorn cafe. Mmmmmm..... p.s. the sopapilla with some calabacitas is scrumptious. OR you can get a green chile burger with a pint of the local microbrew.... also pretty tasty. I'm just sayin'.

Tomorrow we're heading to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, so we'll be updating you on some of natures most awesome creations... stay tuned......

Until then, chew on this lovely little quote of the day from yesterday: (one final quote from Jenny)

"This place is crazy! I wouldn't want to live here... it's like everything is a pueblo... or a trailer that they covered in clay to look like a pueblo. Huh, pueblo house on the right, pueblo school, pueblo hospital, pueblo hotel......" (in reference to Albuquerque).

Night kids.
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