|View from my hotel window at sunrise.|
|Balloons from my hotel window.|
|There was an amazing Native American drum circle going on in the gazebo on the plaza.|
On the way out of Albuquerque, we decided to take the Turquoise Trail and stop at a little place called Tinkertown. This is a great example of kitschy roadside Americana and outsider art. This one guy just took his hobby to the extreme and made this entire world out of found objects, hand-carved figures and lots and lots of glass bottles.
|This is Lady Esmerelda. She came from an amusement park in Chicago and she still works! Ania and I had the pleasure of getting our fortunes told by her for only a quarter!|
|This is just part of a huge "Main Street" scene that includes hand-carved figures and some found objects.|
|There are buttons that visitors can push to make some of the figures move. When you push one button, this chef chases this chicken around and around with his cleaver.|
|No main street would be complete without the photographer's studio! It's hard to see, but it even includes a crying baby!|
|A huge collection of wedding cake toppers.|
|An outdoor area in the museum.|
|Wonder Woman looking over the Seven Dwarfs.|
|I wonder who I was thinking of here...|
|Oh, Georgia O. The written caption under the photo says "I can mix with any crowd if I need to!"|
|A sign next to "Otto, the Automatic One Man Band".|
|Brilliant quote from Mark Twain.|
|Good Old 66|
|Me at Tinkertown.|
|There was a station set up with paper, pencils and crayons for people to write wishes on and stick them in the bottles. You can see some of the rolled up paper in the bottles here.|
|This note starts with "I wish..."|
|Ania and her camera, just like the good old days.|
|The Museum continued outside, too.|
|With tons of hummingbirds! I actually caught this one landed on a branch.|
|You wouldn't know it, but I'm accidentally sitting a little too close to a cactus here! I had to change my pants because there were cactus needles stuck in the back pocket of my jeans after I got up from getting this photo taken!|
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Shed, touted as being one of the best restaurants in Santa Fe, and put our names in for a table with an hour-long wait. While we were waiting, we wandered into this little courtyard with these amazing lilacs in bloom.
The wait for The Shed was well worth it! Ania's husband Ken had recommended the Prickly Pear Margarita, so that's what I got to drink with my dinner. I'm so happy that Ania really likes Mexican/New Mexican food as much as I do. We were happy to eat our way through Santa Fe.
We then checked in to our hotel, El Rey Inn, and enjoyed a good night's sleep after a long day for both of us. And we had big plans for Sunday, too!