With the tanks emptied, we were finally on our way to Santa Fe for the night. Actually, we ended up spending several nights at the Elks Club in Santa Fe. We woke up to snow the first morning, but by mid morning, the sun came out and we went exploring.
Looking east from the Elks parking lot:
The old downtown area is a shoppers mecca with lots of specialty stores. We parked the car and walked the area. (parking is hard to find and expensive). Last year when I was in Prescott I purchased some aged balsamic vinegar and I've used up most of it and have been looking for more. Aged balsamic vinegar is sweeter and not as acidic as the stuff you buy in the grocery store and it is as costly as buying a nice bottle of wine, thus not to be used for cooking and is great for salads. The Oleaceae in Santa Fe has a huge selection of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and it was hard to decide which one to buy. I was successful in finding what I wanted so I can cross that one off the list.
This is the beautiful old St. Francis Cathedral. Some of the churches actually had an entrance fee to go in, but this one did not.
Some fun wind sculptures in the main square. There was also a market going on.
One day we ventured down to the Rail Yard, which is not far from the old town. You can catch the Roadrunner Train which is a commuter train and makes frequent stops on the way to Albuquerque. It makes several runs a day and when I saw it, it was pretty full of commuters. Parking is a real challenge and very expensive so I can understand why people park and ride.
There is also a very nice bicycle path which traverses Santa Fe. You can catch it near the Rail Yard. We caught the bike bath and road for a long ways until....we hit some hills. Joel doesn't "do" hills. On the way back we stopped at the local Brewery for a brew for Joel's reward. :)
The weather in Santa Fe has been absolutely gorgeous but it is time to move on.