Last Sunday, my daughter posted on Facebook that she was headed to Santa Fe on the Railrunner with a plan to spend her last day of summer being a total tourist before classes began at UNM. I posted back “May I join you? Lunch, maybe?” And before she could reply in the affirmative, I was on the road.
Yes, it’s a 2 hour and 45 minute drive. Yes, I probably needed to spend a day pulling grassburrs out of the flower beds. Yes, I probably could have saved the gas money for a longer trip elsewhere.
But some days you just have to get in the car and drive somewhere. While looking forward to lunch of roasted garlic spinach enchiladas at the Guadalupe Cafe (422 Old Santa Fe Trail).
It was an overcast day on the road. These are photos I took through my windshield. The sky was amazing.
I pulled into the State Land Office parking lot at 1:15 (free parking on Sundays at the corner of Alameda and Old Santa Fe Trail) and headed up the street to meet Johanna and Bryan.
Great food, and then an hour at the New Mexico History Museum, and then 20 minutes wandering around the O’Keefe Museum gift shop, and then an hour at the new Ore House location (thanks for the margarita, Bryan) and then a half hour shopping for new skirt in a funky shop off the plaza, and then (of course!) a java chip ice cream cone from Haagen Dasz, and then the walk back to my car.
It started to sprinkle just as I got to the parking lot, which was thrilling given the dry summer we’ve had in Quay County. And I was home by 8 p.m.
I love a Sunday afternoon in Santa Fe. Regardless of how many times I go there to visit, I always see something new.
Get in your car and go somewhere in New Mexico. Right now. It’s always an adventure of sorts. I guarantee that if you keep your eyes open, you’ll see something new. In fact, I think I’ll try it again today. . .I’ll let you know how that works out.