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Old 08-11-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Here I am, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Explored Santa Fe yesterday.
My astrology "chart" says Santa Fe is where I'm supposed to be living for greatest happiness, lol. I think the dry climate, the landscape, and the artistic community would suit me well. Not in this lifetime, though. Have a great time.

 
Old 08-11-2014, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Here I am, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Explored Santa Fe yesterday.
How did you like Santa Fe? At one time I seriously thought about moving there but really couldn't afford the real estate. I spent a few days looking around though and really enjoyed it. I found the history, the art and the people most interesting.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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How did you like Santa Fe? At one time I seriously thought about moving there but really couldn't afford the real estate. I spent a few days looking around though and really enjoyed it. I found the history, the art and the people most interesting.
I spent only one day and one night there - visited the Museum of New Mexico History (probably have that name slightly wrong), two historic churches, and attended a fabulous flamenco dinner performance.

Given that rather limited exposure, I was somewhat disappointed by Santa Fe. I suppose it has a lot to do with what one's expectations were prior to going there; perhaps I had heard too many rapturous things.

There are scads of private art galleries, if one is interested in that sort of thing. There is lots of native American art and crafts for sale, none of which hold any particular interest for me personally.

The physical setting of the city is rather bland, which surprised me given the fact that it is only 87 miles from Taos and is located at 7,000 feet altitude.

I'm not sorry I went there, and I enjoyed the things I did and saw. I know lots of people love Santa Fe, and I don't mean to offend them. However, you asked and I am giving my honest personal reaction.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I spent only one day and one night there - visited the Museum of New Mexico History (probably have that name slightly wrong), two historic churches, and attended a fabulous flamenco dinner performance.

Given that rather limited exposure, I was somewhat disappointed by Santa Fe. I suppose it has a lot to do with what one's expectations were prior to going there; perhaps I had heard too many rapturous things.

There are scads of private art galleries, if one is interested in that sort of thing. There is lots of native American art and crafts for sale, none of which hold any particular interest for me personally.

The physical setting of the city is rather bland, which surprised me given the fact that it is only 87 miles from Taos and is located at 7,000 feet altitude.

I'm not sorry I went there, and I enjoyed the things I did and saw. I know lots of people love Santa Fe, and I don't mean to offend them. However, you asked and I am giving my honest personal reaction.
I think the "rapturous" things I heard had me expecting more than is there, as well.

And I agree - the physical setting is pretty bland. I think one would have to visit in homes, perhaps, to find the charm that otherwise is not on the surface. I would think an evening sitting in someone's desert garden, with a toasty fire crackling and watching the stars after a lovely meal, would have given me a totally different perspective on Santa Fe!

Sounds like a wonderful trip! Good to hear from you!
 
Old 08-11-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I try to avoid news broadcasts, but actually - I saw a post here in C-D that Robin Williams ended his life today.

Just so sad. Depression is a terrible illness -- a dark black hole of hopelessness. So sorry he was in that place. He will be missed.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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AJ Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen!!!!!!!!!
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Who at where????
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LOLOLOL methinks ye are not a Nascar fan LOLOL
Wow, when I hear Watkins Glen I think motorcycle racing, guess cause my family went there a few times when I was a young kid, one of my older brothers did some racing there, probably in the late 50s.

Escort Rider - sorry to hear that Santa Fe did not live up to it's rep for you. I hope that you have found most of your travels to be most enjoyable and that the vehicle you are traveling in is more comfortable than my Suburban felt on my short trip to NC on Sunday.

Terrible weather, fog, drizzle, short burst of torrential downpour, back to drizzle, then dry for a few miles, then back to fog made the conditions non-conducive to a pleasurable drive. It required that I alter the wiper settings so many times and my eyes tired quickly with the effort to focus through the fog. But I am still glad I made it and had a chance to say "Hello and Goodbye" to my young biking friend. After she finishes the first semester of her junior year abroad in South Africa she may come home for a brief visit before she heads off to South America (not sure which country yet) for the second semester. I won't be surprised if she does some sort of summer internship in Asia before coming back to the states for her final year at UNC, Chapel Hill.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
I spent only one day and one night there - visited the Museum of New Mexico History (probably have that name slightly wrong), two historic churches, and attended a fabulous flamenco dinner performance.

Given that rather limited exposure, I was somewhat disappointed by Santa Fe. I suppose it has a lot to do with what one's expectations were prior to going there; perhaps I had heard too many rapturous things.

There are scads of private art galleries, if one is interested in that sort of thing. There is lots of native American art and crafts for sale, none of which hold any particular interest for me personally.

The physical setting of the city is rather bland, which surprised me given the fact that it is only 87 miles from Taos and is located at 7,000 feet altitude.

I'm not sorry I went there, and I enjoyed the things I did and saw. I know lots of people love Santa Fe, and I don't mean to offend them. However, you asked and I am giving my honest personal reaction.
I think you did the typical touristy things, as I did. I wasn't totally enamored with Santa Fe but, like most, had heard so much about it I wanted to see it. I did enjoy my visit there, and have been back once, but probably won't go again. I can find much more interesting places right here in AZ.

One reason I wanted to move there is that they have that tourist train trip. At the time I was working for one here in AZ and thought it would be a nice "adventure". It didn't take me long to change my mind though.

I DO love Native American art and jewelry but mostly just to look at. Can't afford to buy the stuff.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I think the "rapturous" things I heard had me expecting more than is there, as well.

And I agree - the physical setting is pretty bland. I think one would have to visit in homes, perhaps, to find the charm that otherwise is not on the surface. I would think an evening sitting in someone's desert garden, with a toasty fire crackling and watching the stars after a lovely meal, would have given me a totally different perspective on Santa Fe!

Sounds like a wonderful trip! Good to hear from you!
I think one of the things that helped me enjoy Santa Fe was staying in a B&B rather than an overpriced motel. The owners were lovely people, had good suggestions for things to do and see and were just super. I had my own little "casita" which was really nice and a private patio to enjoy.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I try to avoid news broadcasts, but actually - I saw a post here in C-D that Robin Williams ended his life today.

Just so sad. Depression is a terrible illness -- a dark black hole of hopelessness. So sorry he was in that place. He will be missed.
Ani: I too was shocked and near tears hearing this awful news. Depression is an illness I have encountered and thankfully found the right help for many years ago, thanks to a wonderful psychiatrist who meant everything to me, because he saved my life. When something like the death of RW happens, it makes me stop and think how lucky I am to have found a "cure". For people who have never suffered from this, you just have no idea how awful it can be.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Isn't there some weird mold in the sand out there that plays heck with people's allergies? (AZ,NM)

And how does your chart come up with your ideal locale? Never heard of that able to be charted.

My dad was a flagger in the SCCA back in the '70's when they raced Formula One at WG. Yep, he was there when they burned the bus in the bog

So shocked about RW; ironic how you would think someone like that had nary a care in the world, and even if they did money could solve the problem. Horrible.
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