Susan had never been to Moab before so she walked to window shop along the main street on the way to Jailhouse Cafe. Yes, the building where we had breakfast was once a jailhouse.
I drove and met her at the cafe at 7 am. We each enjoyed a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Susan said it was the most expensive breakfast she ever had. She ordered a breakfast skillet with eggs, potatoes, cheese and a side of their thick-cut bacon. I had scrambled eggs, potatoes and toast ($10.49) with a side of bacon ($3.49). I couldn't finish all my bacon, so gave the rest to Susan. She couldn't finish her breakfast, but did take her left-over bacon. The bacon came in handy the next day when she put it on her tuna sandwich.
Arches National Park: so near and yet so far. We didn't set foot in the park because we had a schedule to keep. Heading south, we made a ten-minute stop at Wilson Arch on the side of the highway.
|RV park in Moab|
|Scenery leaving Moab|
|Wilson Arch history|
|View across road from Wilson Arch|
|Wilson Arch, early morning light.|
|Susan M. at Wilson Arch|
Check-in at our motel was next. The historic Silver Saddle Motel has themed rooms; ours was the Calamity Jane room.
|Susan's car in front of our room.|
|Nice landscaping at the motel.|
The room was much smaller than we thought it would be with only a double bed. (Susan had planned ahead and had an air mattress and sheets with her. She set it up on the floor by the door to the room when it was time for bed.)
Next door was Jackalope Furniture. Susan wanted to take a look around. They had furniture, lawn decorations, old doors, and garden pots. I had fun walking around taking photos.
|Jackalope Furniture store|
|Doors of all kinds|
|Stagecoach with yard decor|
|Birdhouses and birdbaths|
We headed to the Visitor Center to start our Santa Fe Capital Adventure 5K Volkswalk. Our very first stop was the New Mexico Capitol Building, also known as The Roundhouse.
|State Capitol Building, AKA The Roundhouse|
|Looking up at the rotunda ceiling|
|Sculpture in behind the capital|
|Another sculpture on the capital grounds.|
|Bataan Veteran's Memorial|
|Puma sculpture in Hotel Loretto's courtyard|
|Susan M. walking the Santa Fe Trail.|
|Hotel La Fonda, oldest hotel in Santa Fe, |
a former Harvey House on the Santa Fe Railway
|Cool shop sign|
|San Francisco St.|
|Burro sculpture at Burro Alley|
With Burro Alley behind us, we proceeded to Peralta Park, passing the statue of Don Pedro de Peralta, the founder of Santa Fe.
|Don Pedro de Peralta statue|
|Park-like grounds of the U.S. Federal Courthouse|
|Santa Fe's U.S. Federal Courthouse|
|Santa Fe's Travel Bug business|
|Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi|
From here, we headed back to our start point at the Visitor's Center. I took a few more photos on the way back...
|Mural at Del Charro restaurant|
|Del Charro looked like a fun spot to eat and drink.|
|Beautiful horse sculptures at an upstairs outdoor cafe|
|San Miguel Church|
We finished our walk 1/2 block later at the Santa Fe Visitor's Center. Our Volksmarches of state capitals were over for this trip. The only capital we didn't walk was Salem, Oregon. Each of us plan to be back in Oregon at some point; we can do our Salem walks then.
After freshening up at the motel, we walked two very long blocks to Tortilla Flats Mexican restaurant to have dinner and celebrate all the walks we did. Susan M. had a Classic Margarita and quesadilla; I had a Santa Fe Sunset and guacamole salad.
|Me with a Santa Fe Sunset|
|Guacamole salad loaded with cilantro and tomatoes|
We walked back to the hotel after sunset which made the air very nice. Each of us relaxed and got ready for bed, slept, and were up at 6 a.m., on the road by 6:50 a.m.
Travel Bug out.