Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Western Vacation - Day 4: More Wandering in Santa Fe, Then Off to Colorado Springs

The fourth day of our vacation was just as full of things to do as all the rest of them. We started off with breakfast in the garden of the hotel where there is actually a tee pee that you can reserve for dinners of twelve or less. The hotel is owned by a local group of Native Americans and the inside of the tee pee is decorated with paintings by a man from the Picuris Pueblo.

After breakfast we took a dip in the hot tub and pool, and then it was on to more shopping and sightseeing. The first stop on our journey was the San Miguel Church, which is the oldest church structure in the U.S. The original adobe walls were built by the Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico under the direction of Franciscan Padres ca 1610..... copied from the sign.

Then we shopped around for a bit and had lunch. I bought some local yarn from New Mexican alpacas. I hope to make a lace scarf out of it, for myself. Another knit-related item I purchased - a cute little bunch of finger puppets!!! They were irresistible! I'm being serious, I just had to buy them. In the plaza we perused the items at the Indian market, where people came from nearby pueblos to sell their wares.

Let's see... what else.... I kissed a buffalo... within hours of eating a buffalo burger. We wandered around a bit more, and then we headed out for Colorado Springs to make our way back home.

In Colorado we spent the evening with Lacey, Annie, and Josh. Annie prepared a lovely dinner and we all played a funny board game together. And most importantly, we got to meet Charlie, Josh and Annie's dog! Charlie is a one year old black lab who likes to play fetch with a basketball. She's adorable and loves to play. Annie put us up in their newly furnished guest room.

Charlie Sue Easterling

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