Santa Fe, NM
Chicago Marathon Trip Week 3: Tuesday October 16 – Thursday October 18, 2018
I was sad to leave the warmth and relaxed feel of Savannah but at the same time I was eager to see more of the southern parts of the US. Being somewhat familiar with the work of American artist Georgia O’Keefe I was keen to visit Santa Fe, the town strongly associated with her name.
Not having done much research on this destination I was surprised by how cold it felt when I arrived. Despite being in the desert, it is a city at a relatively high elevation. I was staying a little bit out of town although Santa Fe is fairly compact and really nothing was too far away.
Santa Fe is a perfectly sized city to wander around discovering it’s charms. There are plenty of galleries and museums to visit. The galleries and art spaces along Canyon Road appear to be endless. I loved the colours of the buildings contrasted against the most amazing blue skies. There are great elevated views of the city from a hill which used to be a fort in the 1800’s. I could see a mountain range in the distance. The mountains were calling me but I could not go. Having never driven a car in the US before, I was reluctant to hire one now and head to the hills. Hammer and I will be back next year – there will be plenty of time to experience more of the New Mexico landscape.
You are visiting all my favorite towns! Santa Fe is particularly special to me as my sister lived there for a number of years. I’m glad you had time to wander around in the city. If you ever come back there is an amazing Japanese Spa up the mountain just a bit outside of town called Ten Thousand Waves. They have open-air hot tubs which are just wonderful.
I loved Santa Fe and wished I had a car and more time to explore the surrounds. I almost came to San Antonio as well. Maybe next time.
This may be on interest to you on your CDT hike. https://www.halfwayanywhere.com/trails/continental-divide-trail/cdt-thru-hiker-survey-2018/?fbclid=IwAR0y0m0YBwbB4deq3-6xRx9VnnuiJXC6YHy05jvmUtVFLINBVnzHPj49Y_k
Thank you for the link K Kelly. Lots of useful information.