Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at the El Dorado hotel. They put out a buffet that was the best I've had. The bar is high for food here in Santa Fe. Everything was made from scratch right there in the hotel, and I know they have a pastry chef, from the unbelievable desserts.
El Dorado lobby from the dining room
Kim pondering "prime rib or turkey? Both!"

 After we get home, it's time to start putting up Christmas stuff
I have to put on my Santa's Helper hat, and help.
 I help a bit, and stuff gets done. This is the village of the 60 foot tall Victorian woman.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Santa Fe First Impressions

We've been in Santa Fe for a couple of weeks now. Here's what I've discovered.

The place is stunningly beautiful. Really. These pictures do not do New Mexico justice. This place is simultaneously a landscape photographer's bane and playground.

Santa Fe drivers are not really drivers, in the sense that you and I might know them. They are utterly unto themselves, and completely unmindful of the fact that there are other drivers using the road. Like driving with 5 year olds. The only other place I've driven that is this bad is eastern Long Island, or Boston. If you driven in either of those places you know how we live here.

The downtown is filled with great restaurants, and shops selling all manner of jewelery and art. The food scene here is varied, but the central theme is big city quality 5 star restaurants. We started our food odyssey at Zia's and it was outrageously good. I had crab cakes, of all things, and they were very good. Next big deal restaurant stop is the El Dorado hotel in downtown for Thanksgiving. Lobster bisque and prime rib for me, turkey for Kim, but I bet she tries the lobster bisque and the smoked salmon.

We live north of Santa Fe in Pueblo Pojoaque, a Pueblo Indian reservation. We have more casinos (3) than grocery stores (1), drugstores (1), and everything else (0) here in Pojoaque. I expect there are lots of things in Pojoaque that I know nothing about. There are 321 Pojoaque Indians here. I don't know any of them yet. We have a sports bar, and we watched the Raven's game there last week. If you drive past the sports bar, there is just desert.

Lots of sun here, but still four seasons, and we want them all.

Still looking for a source of quahogs, might have to travel to Albequerque for them. Once I can make stuffed quahogs, life will be perfect.

Some random photos.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Trip from Boise to Santa Fe

Mexican food in Cortez, Montezuma County in qouthe western Colorado. 11/3/2010

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Fear and Loathing at 7200 Feet

We left Salt Lake City this morning heading for Cortez Co.Headed south to route 6, then took a left to summit the might Rocky Mountains. Did a good day, and we'll be in Santa Fe tomorrow. It takes tenacity, verve and a steady will to drive over the Rockies. We got to 7200 feet pretty quick. Here's what we saw.

People live up on the summit, at 7200 feet. It's remote.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Fear and Loathing In Salt Lake City

Day one, drive from Boise to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City, on a cursory inspection looks to me to be noisy, crowded and  ugly. Maybe there are some nice parts of town, I don't know. We blew in, got a hotel, got some food, and settled in to watch the election returns.

More mountain driving tomorrow.
Packed to the gills

Weapons and hats

Quick break

Approaches to Salt Lake City
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Monday, November 01, 2010

Fear and Loathing in Boise

We packed out today. United showed up first thing in the morning and took four hours to put all our stuff on the truck. About a week from now it will all be in Santa Fe, NM. This is the second time we've used them, they cost a bit more but it ends up costing what they quote you, or less, never more.

All we have left now are a laptop, a little TV, two lawn chairs (leave behind), clothes, weapons and ammunition (can't ship ammo with the movers), and one car. I'll buy another Miata in NM.

We leave tomorrow for our three day drive to Santa Fe.

When we changed Kim's address at her bank the teller thought New Mexico was a town in Arizona. Really. "New Mexico, that's in Arizona isn't it?"

Next stop: Salt Lake City.

A big honking tractor trailer

There's our stuff up front

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