What a week! We landed in Santa Fe last Friday and the days have flown by! I got caught up on a lot of blog writing over a couple of days in Las Cruces so I have been out and about more with Mr. Misadventures and I am exhausted but in a good way!
Food, glorious food! We have a Trader Joe’s, two Whole Foods and the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, and we can once again bbq since the lovely RV park we are staying in is, well, lovely (more on that coming later).
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Then, of course, there are lots of fabulous restaurant options. We are on a budget for the year so I have to be selective, but I did manage to get in a green chile cheeseburger and enchiladas Christmas style with both red and green sauce – delicious. I have had several local beers as well, they sure can brew here!
P.S. I definitely think I am leaning green, but shhh, don’t tell the red team.
I will be writing a whole post on things to do in this area, but we have been all over! The Rio Grande Gorge area, Taos, downtown Santa Fe, churches, several Indian reservations, tons of places. The people are really nice here. I mean really nice, kind of weirds me out, just kidding, not really.
I few highlights. After striking out trying to see the Big Horn sheep in Borrego Springs, we stumbled about four rebellious teenagers on a back dirt road above the Rio Grande. Look at these guys, don’t they have an attitude or what?
We kept our eyes out for bigger guys but never ran into any. However, since we sat there a full 10 minutes playing who is going to look away first with these guys, I was pretty satisfied.
I love the adobe-style homes here, they are so beautiful in their simplicity. They blend in with their environment, while still having personality, usually with a burst of color on the door. [That door is supposed to have a super pop of red, but I am still having issues with WP killing my photos!]
I just have to make a few observations about this area. Maybe they won’t be interesting to you, but I’ve got to tell someone! First off, I think the reason that the U.S. Postal service is bankrupt is because of New Mexico. I kid you not, there are full post office everywhere. If a village (and that is stretching the word) has say more than two buildings there is a post office. I have never seen anything like it! I think if they close 50% of the post offices in New Mexico they might get some budget back!
Dogs. Everyone has them. Or five. And they also seem to be just outside dogs. I feel bad because we have driven by places with temperatures in the 40’s and there they are outside guarding the property, I guess they are used to it. This situation makes pulling over on the side of the road to orient yourself or switch drivers a little difficult. As soon as you do, you are surrounded by barking dogs. It’s pretty nutty!
There, I’m done, I just had to remark on those two items!
One thing we have been really enjoying is the price of gas. And given all the Indian reservations/casinos around here, we are paying anywhere from $1.35 to $1.55. Even in town, it is $1.59-$1.75. It kills me that we were paying $2.65-$3.39 in California! I hope gas prices continue to stay low, it is great for the roadtrip budget!
On Sunday we head to the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. The what?! Oh that Mr. Misadventures, he does love his badland photos. I have no idea what we are getting ourselves into, but I am sure it will be something to write about!
That’s it for this week! Happy escaping! Follow me on Instagram for real-time activities from the wilderness!
Trip details and expenses on this leg of our trip:
> 282 miles
> San Felipe Travel Plaza diesel fuel 37.344 gallons X $1.709 = $63.82
> TOTAL Expenses: $63.82
> RV Park: Santa Fe Skies RV Park
That’s it for this week! Happy escaping! Follow me on Instagram for real-time activities from Kirtland!
What have you been up to this week?