the vortex or paseo paseo

I flew from Newark to Atlanta to meet my friend Mary 
connect to a flight to Albuquerque 
apparently ABQ is considered an international airport 
 you cant get there from here 
 a connection
 I think its better to have two short-ish flights
 than one really long one
okay moving along
when we picked up our rental car 
there was a shortage of compact cars
 to save time
 the agent 'borrowed' one from another company
3 companies are owned by the same megacompany
 we got a Chevy 
oy and vey 
no pick up 
would be an 
nevertheless it got us where we wanted to go

We were driving along on 25
 (not sure if it was a route or an interstate) 
when we spied our first sign of New Mexico's
 a dust devil
 it was so weird
no photo because
 (a) camera was still packed in carry on 
(b) we'd gotten some momentum up and didnt want to lose it

we did stop at Santa Domingo Pueblo 
where the local Indians sell crafts and tamales
I got some of both
 a touch of the 'Santa Domingo Cleanse'
a distant relation of Montezuma's Revenge

The exit we were to take off 25 was closed for repairs
so we drove to the next exit 
 I believe 
we entered 
every left was actually a right
every right actually a left
all roads
to lead to 
Paseo de Peralta
 (I renamed it Paseo Paseo because it kept repeating)
after some U turns we drove into Santa Fe

as soon as we drove past these
 I yelled 
Mary did
 I hopped out to get my first shots

Santa Fe Railyards are now a hub for both the
Santa Fe Southern Railway
lots of shops 
the weekend Farmer's Market

(this train photo is for Suldog)

this is our hotel
The Chimayo
on Washington Street

this is the lobby

this is the walkway to the little casitas and loft rooms

we had a loft room

 it had a sweet little terracita
(with two small tables and 6 chairs)

after we unpacked
we headed out to get the lay of the land
St Francis Cathedral

where we stopped to rest
do many birds and flying insects
(I missed a great shot of a hummingbird because I was so astonished to see one I froze!)

after more walking window shopping we looked in on La Casa Sena
it looked so nice we did some more wandering before returning for some refreshing drinks and some delicious 'small bites'
(that's the vegetarian sampler)

While we were relaxing 
Mary leaned back 
thinking her chair was going to tip
 she grabbed the table
 it started to topple over 
I grabbed it on my end
 saving my camera and wine 
 her margarita went sloshing 
 three men were there righting the table
 cleaning up the spill 
 laughing with us
 that's how we came to meet Richard and his two partners
 were invited to attend Thursday evening's Diva Night 

our plan for that evening 
to drive out to the 
Opera House 
 get some sunset photos
 those early clouds boded well for a colorful sunset

well, the best laid plans dont always work out
waiting for the sun to begin to set we decided to grab an hour's nap
no we didnt over sleep
we got up refreshed 
drove out to the Opera House and got lost
turned around again
by the time
we got to the Opera House
 the gates were locked
the sky was black

back at the hotel 
I decided to call it a day
the bed was so inviting I quickly fell asleep
Mary was hungry so she went in search of food

Bright and sunny and cool 
that was how
a large inexpensive delicious breakfast at 
The Burrito Co. 
(just 2 doors away from our hotel)

the light
Santa Fe
 is amazing
 I totally understand 
 it is a mecca for artists

we did a lot on Thursday
we shopped 

bought amazing chocolate 
made from recipes hundreds of years old

got to visit San Meridith's gallery 
 on West San Francisco
San is a blogger 
so she hasnt blogged
 in a while
 I think these are a good excuse
she used to do only abstracts now she's into sunsets

 I knew San wasnt going to be there
we emailed before I left NYC 
 I decided to stop by and peek in the window 
I got to do that 
I got to meet her son Oakley
 who I felt as if I knew from San's blogging 

outside the gallery Mary spotted this license plate

we also browsed the Indian 'market' that is across from the main plaza

we wandered Canyon Roads many art galleries 

all before
 heading back to the hotel
 freshening up for 
Diva Night

that's me with Bella Gigantia (aka Richard)

 Diva Night 
which was such fun 
every one of the performers had Broadway quality voices 
we went to a park that overlooks the city
(at Oakley's recommendation)
and got the sunset shots we were after
then we decided to do a little driving 
we ended up
having dinner

the sunset

just to prove
 this place is 
I got a moon shot! 
 Toonman said to title this 
Shine on Sliver Moon

we breakfasted 
did a little more shopping 
heading back to Albuquerque 
flying home

I spotted these tee shirts at a small shop just past Burrito Co.

here it is being modeled by Toonman

to wrap up the trip 
here's Kokopelli
go on 
say it

I love Kokopelli
love saying Kokopelli

I took a lot of photos
 this recap
 in as short a form
 as I could manage
 check out 
for all the photos 
over the next week or two

I bet you need to stretch after all that
go ahead
I understand
thanks for wading through the verbosity!