6/19 Tuesday

After breakfast in the motel, we headed over to Museum Hill to visit the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The “Here now and Always” exhibit was very interesting. It had relics of native Americans back as far as 10,000 BCE. The plaza between the museums on Museum Hill was very pretty. The desert flowering plants were especially attractive. There was also a cafe and a labyrinth.

Next we headed downtown for lunch and shopping. We ate at Tia Sophia’s Restaurant. Teagan had tostatas and I had green chile stew. Both came with sopapillas. Teagan’s tostatas were pretty good, and my stew was even spicier than the stew I had last night at The Shed. But it was really good.

We walked through the shops in the Plaza Mercado. Other than the Santa Fe School of Cooking, there wasn’t much there of interest to us. Next we visited the Chile Store which was interesting. Teagan bought a green chile cinnamon hot chocolate mix. Then we went through an arcade close to the Plaza, which was a collection of shops. There were many clothes and jewelry stores that were interesting. Teagan got a really inexpensive bracelet.

We walked across the Plaza to the merchants that occupy the area in front the Palace of the Governors. This area is reserved for Native American crafts made by locals. Teagan got a pony tail holder with a Native American design on it there.

After we finished with the Plaza area, we drove over to Canyon Rd. where dozens of art galleries are located. We visited several of them. They were very impressive. One had incredible glass creations. Another had a sculpture garden that we enjoyed. Some had Native American art and relics. Others had contemporary art and western art. It would have taken days to visit all of the galleries, so we just hit the highlights.

After that we headed up to Upper Canyon Rd. to find a hiking trail. We went for a short hike on the land that used to hold the Santa Fe water supply. At some point, the dam holding the water was removed and the land reclaimed and held as a nature preserve.

After the hike, we drove around the canyon and up higher in the hills to see some of the neighborhoods and the views. Then we headed back toward the motel.

Along the way, we decided to eat supper at the Santa Fe Bar and Grill. Teagan got the shrimp soft tacos with guacamole and mango salsa. I got tortilla soup with Caesar salad. Teagan’s dish was good, but not spicy like the other meals she has had here. The tortilla soup was excellent, but the Caesar salad was just average. Moral: don’t order Caesar salad in a restaurant known for New Mexican cuisine.

After supper, we picked up supplies for our long drive tomorrow and returned to the motel. Tomorrow we head out for the Grand Canyon. Along the way, we plan to stop at the Petrified Forest National Park for a quick visit, and a drive by the Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ.

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