Santa Fe, NM

This week I went to Santa Fe, NM. I arrived in Santa Fe on Tuesday, the 5th of July, after a 18 hour nonstop drive from Sacramento, CA, most of which I spent reading Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull. After setting up the RV I went to Arroyo Vino for my grandmother Kari’s birthday dinner. I loved and would recommend their delicious steak.

The next day, July 6th, I went to The Santa Fe Plaza, where I poped in to The Maverick’s of Santa Fe, and after went to Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, where I bought a book of African myths, and The Beekeeper Of Aleppo. On the morrow of the previous day, I went tho The International Folk Art Market, and bought a beautiful glass necklace from Carol Lujan, a picture of said necklace is below.

On Friday, I volenteered at IFAM, as a cashier, and met a wonderful fellow named John, who was very kind and has been going to IFAM for a long time. In the evening I went to a party at my friend, and honorary grandmother, Cathy’s, house. The next day I went horseback riding at Broken Saddle Riding Co, in and around the beautiful hills and vallys around Cerrillos, New Mexico. Later that evening, I went to the Saturday night party at IFAM, which was supposed to have free food and drink, but insted had expensive junk food and expensive drink, so that was a dousy. We escaped that situation and headed to Harry’s Roadhouse Grill, which had wonderful Gluten Free Pizza.

On the final day of my trip, I went to the Puye Cliff Dwellings, which was my 2nd time going there, but was still very informative and engaging. One of the things that I learned is that there is no doors to the outside in the pueblo, but instead you accsesed through the roof to the first floor and to get to the second floor you have to go to a different ladder. This strategy was developed mostly for defense, so if an enemy came, the people who lived in the house could pull the ladder to the roof access, and the access to the second level o that to get to the people and their things the invaders would have to stand on top of one another’s shoulders to get to the entrance and when they tried to get to the people hiding in the second level, a warrior would kill them if they tried to come through the hole. In essence, it was extremely hard to attack a well fortified house. I found this fact particularly interesting. Later that night I went to a political fundraiser for Teresa Fernandez, and that was the end of my trip. I am now headed towards Chaco Canyon, and will see you in the next week.

The necklace by Carol Lujan.