Friday, August 1, 2008

Monday 7-28 and Tuesday 7-29


Mom and I got up early and drove to Santa Fe. She has wanted to go ever since Dan and I went two years ago and brought her back turquoise jewelry. It's a 6 hour drive, but it's a pretty one and we broke it up a little bit.

Our first stop was the Air Force Academy Chapel. It looks scary from the outside, but it is actually quite beautiful from the inside. We also stopped in Raton, NM for a lunch of fresh roasted pine nuts (area specialty) and roadside fruit. When we arrived it Santa Fe it was off to Governor's Palace to see all the Navajo vendors and their jewelry. We also walked around the plaza looking at dozens of shops. Mom picked out two necklaces before it was time to clean up for dinner.

We stayed in a cute B&B just blocks from the center of town. The bedroom even had a fireplace in it! For dinner, we went to The Shed, a locally-renowned restaurant for their southwestern cuisine.

The next morning, it was more shopping and the Georgia O'Keefe museum. We left town before 11:00 to hit the high mountain road to Taos. The drive was gorgeous and there were lots of little shops with local weavings, pottery, and jewelry around the way. Taos was rather sprawling and much more urban than I imagined. We finally got back up to Boulder at 7:30 that night.

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