A Tale of Three Towns …

Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, three sisters of New Mexico. If you ask locals in Santa Fe about Taos, they will tell you that Taos is a Santa Fe want-to-be. If you ask locals in Taos about Santa Fe, they will tell you that Santa Fe is too commercial. If you ask locals in Albuquerque about both Taos and Santa Fe, they will tell you that they are both artsy resorts and Albuquerque is the genuine article. But, truthfully, all three are somewhat duplicated and competing for the same turf of tourism, trinkets and tradition. And Santa Fe is clearly the “prettier sister“. The colors seem richer, the art finer, the jewelry more inspirational, the people nicer, the architecture more interesting and the food delicious. Corny to think … “the grass was greener, the days were sunnier…” but it sure seemed that way in Santa Fe. Slowly your shoulders relaxed, your mind cleared, your countenance sweetened.

Albuquerque was really a hop, skip and jump after Santa Fe. Hopped in the car for the short drive, skipped most of the town in order to jump into an hot air balloon ride at dawn tomorrow.  Arriving mid afternoon, we took in Old Town’s shopping area and not much else. I did call my buddy Kevin and related that “we are walking in sunshine, savoring the scenery, inhaling the aroma and listening to local music“. Let’s just say his quick response was more direct than CEE-LO’s current hit, “Forget You“(!) It was sort of the perfect reply. What’s the point of having sunny fun if your friends can’t be envious? But, I was happy for a short ride and a relaxed day before what is going to be a long gallop to Flagstaff after the balloon ride to prime us for Page, AZ, and the Antelope Canyon.


About Gerre

I am a person in transition. Sold my NJ home and heading for my new place in AZ. My "do over" as my friend Dee calls it. Life is about transitions. This is my latest.
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2 Responses to A Tale of Three Towns …

  1. Pat Dodson says:

    Beautiful photos. Looks like another world. Glad you decided on the balloon ride. Can’t wait to see it. Have fun, like you have to be told!

  2. Henry says:

    “Grass is Greener” ?? most of the stuff in your recent photos looks dry enough to “roll n smoke”. I’ll have Mike and Darlene cut a chunk of sod out of their lawn, box it and mail it to you so it will refresh your memory of what a “real lawn looks like”. Just messing with you, travel log was great, maybe you should become a writer ” The Bald Jakie Collins”. Good luck on the rest of your journey.

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