Day 6 & 7: Santa Fe

Trip Start Jul 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 27, 2008

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Here we are in Santa Fe and loving it. We really enjoyed Taos and thought that Santa Fe might be all big-sister  and grown-upish in comparison, but it's great. We spent the afternoon yesterday wandering the plaza area until we succumbed to the kids pleas for something more interesting. Like an ice-cream. Parking is at a premium in the center of town - we did numerous circles of the downtown district looking for something, anything, but between the Sunday afternoon crowd getting their arty fix, the leftover revellers from 4th July weekend, and the fact that our rooftop Thule box prohibits us from entering any of the car parks, - by the time we struck lucky with a metered street park, we felt like we knew the city backwards.
Sunday was our first night in the tent (on this trip) and by the time we set up - that would actually be Matt, who somehow managed to put both the tent & fly up in the time it took me to take the kids to the bathroom and find dinner in one of our 4 plastic buckets- it was raining. Not that it mattered. The kids were having a blast at the playground so Matt fired up the grill and made a tasty pasta dish (still in the rain) and we managed to eat just in time to make the 7pm showing of Cars with free popcorn in the Games Room.
Monday wasn't the best day to have at leisure in Santa Fe. The Los Alomos museum (site of where the Atomic Bomb was conceived) was closed, as was the SF Children's Museum, our first two choices for the day. We thought we'd check out the Santa Fe Opera, an open air achitectural feat but when we got there we were told that tours were at 9am (we were having cereal at the campsite) and as she glared at the kids mentioned that we could only bring children if they were 6 and older - although I swear she secretly muttered 16. So we wandered around outside aimlessly and admired the plastic bottle installation style artwork that adorned the lightposts. Next stop lunch - The Cowgirl Hall of Fame, another LP recommendation, but this time a winner all round. The staff were wonderfully attired and the food was great, but best of all we were led to the Kid's area which housed a playground. Worked well for everybody and I had time to wander through 2 shops before the kids caught up with me. We spent the afternoon at the Georgia O'Keeffe museum which was holding a combined exhibit of her works and those of Ansell Adams, many of his photos were of places we have been which was of (very) mild interest to the kids. I thought Daniel in particular might have shown more interest - he announced yesterday he is going to be a photographer when he grows up which was triggered by the kids having been given a shared camera for the trip. Dan has taken most of the photos - today he managed to snap 240 to my 10 and Matt's 50, some of which have made it to the blog, but many showing body parts we are trying to remind him are not usually displayed on Family rated sites. So we are about to camp out again under the stars - Matt and the kids are just catching the end of tonights feature film, RV. Tomorrow we set off for Carlsbad Caves before heading to Texas. After a week on the road we all agree Roadtripping suits us and we are happy not to be going 'home' anytime soon!
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