santa fe days 3 and 4

On Saturday, our third day in Santa Fe, we drove about 45 minutes out of town to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  (I’ll be referring to it as Tent Rocks, though.)  While I was in the shower that morning, I wondered if I should bring cash for the entrance fee at Tent Rocks, but just forgot.  Sure enough, we got to the gate and they rejected our credit card.  So, note to all of you future Tent Rocks visitors: bring some cash with you.  It’s only $5 per car, and there’s a gas station with an ATM about five minutes down the road, but we could have avoided a handful of fees by just bringing cash with us.

Tent Rocks is so neat.  I don’t know how it was formed, I don’t know why the rocks are the way they are, and I don’t know why the rangers at the gate don’t accept credit cards, but that’s okay.  My apologies for including more pictures than I can count, but as you’ll see, it was hard to resist…

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We combined the Cave Loop Trail and the Canyon Trail, and were hiking for a little less than three hours, although the total distance was only around 3 miles, we definitely took our time.  The weather was just right, and being that we were there in the spring, the crowds were definitely manageable.

We had a late lunch at Bumble Bee, and walked to Canyon Road in the afternoon, where we spent two hours wandering through galleries.  We enjoyed all of the paintings and sculptures and photographs, but got a little a tired by the end.  One highlight was seeing sculptures by my high school art teacher being sold at one of the galleries!  We also stopped for pictures at a few places we’d admired over the past couple of days and walked around the Santa Fe National Cemetery – a sobering, beautiful place.

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For dinner, we went to Thai Vegan, an Asian restaurant that offers only vegan food (two things that could probably be assumed from the name, but it never hurts to clarify).  The food was good, but the ambiance could probably be improved and the number of Hindu idols reduced just a tad.  On our way back to the hotel at night, we stopped at Trader Joe’s for some cookies that have been sold out every time we look for them at our TJ’s.

Sunday morning was snowy – not our favorite to see at the end of April, but we were just thankful it was on our last day and not on a day we wanted to be outside.  We packed up the car and went for breakfast at Annapurna’s (told you we wouldn’t be able to stay away!) where I had some banana cardamom pancakes that were just too good.  I’d gladly eat them once a week.

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Our drive home was rainy but largely uneventful as we took I-25 straight from Santa Fe to our apartment in north Colorado Springs.

I’m so glad we finally took a trip to Santa Fe.  Our route down, while a bit longer than necessary, was fun with stops at the Rio Grande Gorge and in Taos, and I felt like even though we were only in Santa Fe for a couple of days, we got a good taste for the town and it’s beauty.  There are many museums and hiking trails I would have liked to check out, but due to time and weather constraints, we just couldn’t do them all – now we have something to do the next time we go!

 

 

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one direction + valentine’s day + target = some sort of trifecta

It seems that time has gotten away from me again.

(That happens when you watch a One Direction movie and/or go to Target.)

Well, as all of America knows, Friday was Valentine’s Day.  Danny upped the ante and started the celebrations a day early by picking up flowers and having them waiting for me when I got home from work at lunchtime.  We decided not to exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, so Danny bought flowers, put together our wedding video (kind of a big deal), and buy my favorite chocolate.  Oh and MAKING a card.  Which left me looking like a fool for just getting a card at Natural Grocers the day before.

Once the glory of Valentine’s Day had passed, we carried on with life and on Saturday we did normal things like go to work.  Thankfully Danny’s parents had invited us for spaghetti that evening, so Danny didn’t have to worry about cooking two nights in a row.  We also got to watch the Olympics with them, which made me realize that I am missing out by forgetting to watch the Olympics after the opening ceremony.

Sunday found us going to church, eating burrito bowls for lunch, and then fulfilling a long-awaited dream: we watched the One Direction movie, “This is Us.”  Now, I have watched various concert-type movies, including but not limited to: Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.  (Obviously neither of those are recent.)  But this one beat all.  For instance, the cameras went home with the fellas.  So you can see their bedrooms and where they worked their first jobs (spoiler alert: Louis worked at Toys R Us and Harry at a bakery).  In case you were looking for a movie review, I’m giving it to you.  The film is heartwarming and funny and just so good.  I mean, it’s not often that I ask to watch the same movie every day until we have to return it to the library.  (Just so that no one stages an intervention, we aren’t going to do that because I returned the movie yesterday.  I knew how hard it was to wait three months on the holds list for it, so I felt like it was only right to keep it for as short a time as possible.  So I bought it instead.)  (Just kidding.)  (Or am I?)

Predictably, the rest of the afternoon all I wanted to do was convince others to watch it.  So I texted my friend Dog things like, “HARRY IS IN IT” and “MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.”  Obviously, she took my advice, because yesterday she wrote this.  After reading her post, I knew that I was really doing my part to make the world a better place.

Speaking of yesterday, I celebrated the presidents of our nation by going to a library-wide training day.  And by training I mean eating snacks, watching YouTube videos, and wondering why we don’t have trainings more often.  By mid-afternoon, all of us library workers were released and I went straight to Ikea, because, PRESIDENT’S DAY SALE.  Unfortunately, it was like they knew I was coming and posted a sign at the entrance that said SOLD OUT.  As in, the pillows that were on an incredible sale for $4.99 and were the whole reason I wanted to go to Ikea were sold out.  I let out a deep breath and remembered that Ikea is good for other things like frames and house plants too.

The real highlight, though, was that my friend Kara was with me, so I couldn’t possibly stay sad for too long. She is really fun and always laughing, and she also likes One Direction, so that means we have a lot in common.  She is a teacher and thus had yesterday off, so I found it so sweet that she wanted to spend three hours on her day off with me!

I asked Kara if we could go to Anthropologie, and she said yes.  (She is a really good friend.)  While there, I realized that half-store-wide sales are not standard for them (that’s what was going on when I first fell in love), as there was just a little room in the back relegated to sale items.  Not impressed.  Our time there was quick once I decided that I wasn’t up for spending $88 on a shirt or $908 on a headband.

We also did what all the cool kids in Denver are doing these days: check out Trader Joe’s.

(If you are a TJ’s fanatic, please do not hurt me.  The following is just my opinion.)

Trader Joe’s opened their first three Colorado locations last Friday and it has been a BIG DEAL.  I was prepared to be impressed and start petitioning for a TJ’s to come to Colorado Springs, however, neither happened.  It was a standard, if not small, grocery store that charges standard prices for standard foods.  It leans more towards Sprouts than King Soopers and has a cult following that your average King Soopers or Safeway definitely does not (and will never) have.  I don’t know, maybe it was the hordes of people or the fact that to get there I had to drive through Denver (never a plus), but I left wondering what all the hype was about.

After the TJ’s letdown, Kara and I said good-bye and I headed home, but not before stopping at Target for a few essentials.  I was looking for contact solution and a loofah, but ended up with a few other things and the very clear conclusion that I should not be allowed to go to Target unattended.  I may or may not have come home with a door mat, two pillows, two heart-shaped dishes, a Valentine’s banner, a heart-shaped wreath, and five jumbo-sized cans of pumpkin.  And contact solution and a loofah, of course.  I texted Danny about the Valentine’s clearance sale (70% OFF!) that was going on at Target in an attempt to gain approval for the purchases I was hoping to make.  He replied that maybe we did not need all the things I mentioned.  (I think that when I read maybe, I heard yes.  That is the only way to explain all of the Valentine’s paraphernalia we now possess.)  And in my defense, I did leave the lanterns and One Direction valentines in the shelf for another lucky customer.

After all that shopping, it sound like it is high time I go back to work.  Which is just what I am going to do.