So yesterday was when we started seeing the landscape really changing. This was one of the reasons we wanted to go on this trip: the Southwest is beautiful; it doesn't look like any other part of America. There are times it doesn't look like it is part of this Earth. I just checked my phone (which is taking better pix than my digital SLR at this point), this is the only one that shows it slightly. We'll have to take some more as we hang out around here.
((Not my best picture))
HOWEVER, as I said this to kids "Guys! Look around! This doesn't look like any place on earth!!" Christopher responded, "Yes, it does! It looks like this! It looks like THIS place on earth!" Bright kid that one.
So we arrived in Santa Fe, coming up through amazing views--OF WHICH I TOOK NO PICTURES! ARGH!!--and entered the city. Staying at an economic hotel a few miles from The Plaza. Yeah. We are cheap. In any case, we hopped back in the car, and scooted up to The Plaza, because we saw they were having The Traditional Spanish Market. LITTLE DID WE KNOW, it was a once in a year event. There was a section of traditional arts (from families who had been doing art work that started in New Mexico *500+ years ago*) and more contemporary arts.
Luckily, we stumbled first onto the booth of Sean Wells, who along with her brother is a fifth generation artist, both of whom are educators, both of whom have public access cable channels, and both do some really cool work!! Show her some love and click on her site! She told us about this history of Spanish art in New Mexico, explained the significance of her and her brother's art in that context, and generally welcome us to the market. She focused on retablo art while her brother does We bought a punched tin mirror from her brother, who also made ornaments for each of our children. Two of the ornaments are ponies, and Bridget notes that he added Cutie Marks to them. Can't escape My Little Pony at any place.
After exploring the Market, we had dinner at a rooftop restaurant.
We are happy to be here. Conor agrees that Santa Fe is beautiful
The kids love Santa Fe.
Despite falling asleep for 13 hours last night, this is an AMAZING trip. All in all, it's great. We are having fun as a family. We are seeing things that we could never see in NC. It's a once in a lifetime trip and we are loving it.
If you are finding this in any way appealing: DO IT. Just get in your car and go. So far, the trip is a five person, two thumbs up.