Road Trip Apr 3 & 4

April 5th, 2010
Los Colores- Orlando's in Taos

Los Colores- Orlando's in Taos

Ok, when I last left you, I had arrived in Taos, NM- barely. I’d really been looking forward to Taos, and a lot of friends whose opinions I trust love it.

Maybe it was the weather (really nasty cold windy) or me (really cold exhausted road-weary- possibly nasty), but it was kind of a let down. The first morning, when I was almost human again, I jumped (ok levered myself) into the car & took a tour around town @ about 7, before the traffic got heavy. Kind of marked a few places to visit when things opened.

I hadn’t had anything to eat for way too long, so I had brunch @ Orlando’s, which I can highly recommend if you like New Mexican food. Which is quite different from Mexican food. Their posole had a lot more hominy, and everything was muy picante (HOT!) which is how I like it.

Anyway, I went to a few little shops but one, I was tired and two, it’s kind of stupid to buy things when you’re living out of suitcases & will be for quite a while. So really the only impact I made in Taos was 2 nights in a hotel, a meal and a car wash. Sorry, guys.

Easter Sunday, I drove to Sedona. It was mainly me and the semis. And as I drove down the Oak Creek Canyon road (this is after 8 hrs of driving or so), I really did feel all the strain just leave me. I felt as if I’d just gotten out of bed. So I stopped the car & took a little walk.

You know how I feel about red rock. (If you don’t, go back & read about Moab.) Today I’m going to poke around. Take care of some business (laundry, oil change.) But mainly poke around. Take a look at the Chamber of Commerce site. Where else does Metaphysical & Spiritual Services have its own listing?

Just added a few quick pictures. The light was weird, so this doesn’t do Sedona justice @ all.

Road Trip- April 1&2

April 3rd, 2010
Road to Taos

Road to Taos

Well, I’ve made it to Taos.

After Austin, I took a windy road tour of the TX hill country. Totally loved it, esp the stone ranch houses. There were a lot in Stephenville, TX & also what looked like an excellent bbq place. On my list for a return visit! I think I’m visiting this area in the prime season, though. There’s lots of greenery & it’s warm (80’s) but not too hot. I’m told that both of those will change soon.

So… I stayed in Plainview & headed for Taos. Didn’t care much for that country… very flat & really looked like a tornado waiting to happen (to me.) And then somehow the day got very weird. I’m sure this will make a funny story- maybe in 10 yrs.

But it seemed that I was never going to get here. There was a storm (we’re talking wind that picks up gravel & pelts the car, snow flurries, even a whiteout for a few minutes.) And then I rolled into Santa Fe, exhausted (when the wind is gusting like that, it’s both hands on the steering wheel. No sips of water, lip gloss application, nothing.) And the sky cleared, and it was all over.

So I decided to head on toward Taos. Met with MORE adversity (of the traffic slow-down kind)… and finally rolled in about 6:30 to collapse.

After a good night’s sleep I explored a little by car in the early morning (it was 28 degrees, for crying out loud!) and saw some places to visit. My “special” leg is being extra-special, so I’ll probably not do a whole lot before leaving tomorrow am (for Sedona, AZ). But I plan to get some green chile & some posole, and maybe try an oxygen bar? And Max desperately needs a wash, as you can imagine.

Hasta luego!

TGIF #25

April 2nd, 2010
Barbie as the Girl with the Pearl Earring

Barbie as the Girl with the Pearl Earring

From the Inspiration Journal:

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,
Listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me–
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.

-Shel Silverstein

Friday fun:

Roadtrip- Mar 31

April 1st, 2010
San Antonio Riverwalk Stage

San Antonio Riverwalk Stage

Today I keep thinking of that song by Fountains of Wayne: Seatbacks and Traytables.  “An X on the calendar square- new city, same stuff.” I’m starting to feel that I’m moving too fast.

Yesterday I walked the Riverwalk in San Antonio for a while. Absolutely beautiful. No, I didn’t go to the Alamo. But walking back, I noticed that my hotel was @ the crossroads of Houston, Starr and Bowie. And down the street was the Crockett hotel. Yep, that’s Texas.

Then off to Austin. I stopped first @ Wholefoods in the warehouse district. MY GOODNESS. I totally love Austin. I could stay for a few months. I just love the spirit & energy (and music & food) here. This is a Sara-ish sort of place. And it was in the 80’s already. (I do like heat- a lot!) This is one of the places I’d like to re-visit.

So now I’m holed up in my hotel. Did my laundry (I have to say, that was a wonderful thing.) And downloaded some new tunes & burned some CDs. Now I’m packing it all up to head toward Santa Fe. It’ll take 2 days, so I’ll just drive ’til I get tired & then pull in.

Oh, are you keeping up w/my pix?

Hasta luego!