Santa Fe Trail

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This picture is totally gratuitous, but I couldn’t resist because this woman is biking with a dog in her backpack!

After three days of driving, eating, and one too many beers, we decided yoga was in order. We went to Yoga Source, which has two studios. We went to the brand new one on Guadalupe and took an Iyengar class, which neither of us had done before. It was both energizing and really helped us stretch out our car-weary selves.

From there we headed to Santa Fe classic Cafe Pasqual’s for New Mexican breakfast (for me) and lunch (for Steven). I couldn’t decide between my all-time favorite huevos rancheros and the corn cakes, so I got a cake on the side with the eggs. I love the Santa Fe chile heat. Steven had a chicken sandwich with a New Mexican twist and apple-fennel salad plus some corn cake. You really can’t go wrong there.

Since we were in the plaza, we decided to walk around, but I hadn’t been in Santa Fe for _____ (I don’t want to say, it’s depressing) years and it is really really touristy in the plaza. We walked up and down a few blocks and then, since neither of us is really a shopper, we headed for Canyon Road and the galleries. But again, yeah, wimg_20180618_161640544.jpge’re really not buying anything sooooo, we decided on a hike. Unfortunately some of the wilderness areas are closed because of fire danger, so we went to the Dale Ball Trails. This encompasses a series of short trails in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo that you can cobble together into as long and arduous a hike as you would like.The trail is well marked with maps at every fork, so you can make decisions about how far you want to go. It was hot and there is really no cover, but it felt great to stretch our legs and be on hills. Plus, we did get some beautiful views.

For dinner, we walked from our AirBnB to the Tune-Up Cafe for Savadoran inspired deliciousness on the outdoor patio.

Grandiose Plans

grand-canyon-2299751__340While Sue is getting ready for her trip to London, I will be gearing up for our next journey – a road trip to the Grand Canyon & then whitewater rafting in Utah.  We had scheduled this trip before we won the one to Hawaii; we don’t usually have two trips in consecutive months, just lucky this year. (So very lucky!) Our plan is to put the top down on the convertible and drive from Chicago to Santa Fe (with a stop somewhere around Tulsa), on to the Grand Canyon and then to Moab, Utah.  I have never been to the Southwest or whitewater rafting and I am really excited.  We originally planned to go for two weeks, but as we saw in Hawaii, I always want to extend the trip.  We are currently at 16 days, but I am thinking…maybe just one or two more (perhaps a stop in Denver on the way home?) (Mom mom used to say I had big eyes because I always put too much food on my plate. Steven has big vacation eyes.) …We will see.

All suggestions welcome. We are game for adventures.