Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.
Octagonal Bank of New Zealand banker's desk carved from Australian red cedar, Dunedin, circa 1883.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

2S2G* - Moab, Utah to Santa Fe, NM - Day 13, Wed., Jun. 25

*2S2G = Two Susans to Go

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
From here, we drove and drove and drove toward Santa Fe with a scheduled arrival time well before 5:00 p.m. (which is when the Visitor Center -- our walk start point -- closed). We made it to town at 3:00 p.m., checked in for our walk at the Visitor Center, then looked for a nursery Susan had been to before. She was hoping to find a small plant or two to take home for her garden. We found where the nursery had been, but it was closed. All their plants are now mail order. She was disappointed.

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
The Jackalope
Birdhouses and birdbaths
Yard art
After about ten minutes I had a text from Susan asking where was I. She was waiting at the car.

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.
We crossed the street to the Bataan Veteran's Memorial with its eternal flame.

Bataan Veteran's Memorial
We then passed the Hotel Loretto and Loretto Chapel. Unfortunately, the Loretto Chapel had closed a few minutes earlier so we didn't get to go inside to see the "miraculous" staircase.

Hotel Loretto
Puma sculpture in Hotel Loretto's courtyard
Susan M. walking the Santa Fe Trail.
Loretto Chapel
Hotel La Fonda, oldest hotel in Santa Fe,
a former Harvey House on the Santa Fe Railway
Cool shop sign
Below is San Francisco St. where Santa Fe's Plaza is located. The historic plaza was the end of the 1,800-mile Camino Real (Royal Road) from Mexico City, and the end of the 800-mile Santa Fe Trail from Missouri. It was also the beginning of the 1,120-mile Old Spanish Trail terminating at the Los Angeles Plaza.
San Francisco St.
Burro sculpture at Burro Alley

In former times, firewood vendors would use burros to haul firewood to this alley where buyers would come to purchase the wood. Across the street from the burro sculpture is a plaque about Billy the Kid.

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
Down the block we entered the grounds of the Greek Revival style U.S. Federal Courthouse.

Park-like grounds of the U.S. Federal Courthouse
Santa Fe's U.S. Federal Courthouse
You never know what you'll find when walking. I found a business with my blog name (except for the Susan part).

Santa Fe's Travel Bug business
After a few more blocks and some confusion about the Volksmarch directions, we found The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Our walk then took us through Cathedral Park, Sena Plaza, under the portal of the Palace of the Governors established in 1610 (this building served as the seat of government under Spanish, Pueblo Indian [following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680], Mexican and U.S. territorial rule). The Palace of the Governors now houses historic collections of the Museum of New Mexico.

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
 Below is the 400-year-old San Miguel Church, the oldest church in the U.S.

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
Having never heard of a guacamole salad, I thought I'd give it a try. Here's what it looks like...

Guacamole salad loaded with cilantro and tomatoes
Guacamole salad
You have to REALLY like guacamole to down all this! I do like guacamole, but I had to admit this was too much guacamole for me!

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.


  1. Your visit to Moab reminds me of visitors I saw while I was there this spring. A couple in a fancy jeep came rolling up to a view point....the driver slowed slightly as the gal hanging out the window snapped a picture. You will definitely will need more time to do justice for Moab!!

  2. Loved the Travel Bug photo. Do you deliver those espressos/lattes? Enjoyed the pictures of the Arches. We will get to Zion this year, but Arches is on my bucket list. Have thoroughly enjoyed "participating from home" on your capitol tours!

  3. Great photos! I'm afraid I had the same experience at Moab. We traveled thru on our way to our son's college graduation. I got great photos but wish I had jusy a little more time there.

    Love your blog!

  4. There's never enough time for Moab.....personally I intend to spend at least two months straight there next time we go back!


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