McDowell Trip 2006

The McDowell Trip cross country. Enjoy our trip with us as we finally make our "Western" trip.

Location: Syracuse, New York, United States

I am an Eagle Scout having been a member of the Scouting fraternity for over 30 years man and boy. Now that I have graduated from SU I am preparing to become more active in the fall. I am a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and I have recently become the Presbytery Resource Person for the Theological Education Fund of the Presbyterian Church USA. As part of my college training I designed websites for both my church and the local Presbytery. I have been married for 36 years to a warm, loving, special lady named Charlotte and we have two great children, Margie and Francis, and one grandchild, Alex, who all live in the Syracuse area. Francis is getting married in October and Margie is dating a great guy named Mike.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Santa Fe, NM

Hi All, We are still doing fine. Yesterday's date is on the blog for Sunday and Monday because I re-posted it with the pics that were missing. About yesterday, we drove from Cortez to Santa Fe. It wasn't a bad drive at all considering that we were on secondary roads all day. We were driving through mostly rolling hills that were in the mountains between Cortez and Santa Fe. We didn't gain or lose much in the way of elevation over the trip. There were several construction areas that we had to work our way through. One was the dreaded one way at a time thing but that wasn't really all that long a wait. After we got into Santa Fe and unloaded the car we had dinner at an Applebee's that was down the street, after dinner we rested for a short while and then had a swim before heading off to bed.
This morning we got up, ate breakfast, and headed for The Plaza (not the square) downtown. We found a place to park one street over and wandered through the gallery that was between the parking lot and The Plaza. We stopped in several of the stores there and picked up some things. I bought a new buckle with a bear on it for me. After we got out on the other side of the building we found The Plaza. This is a small square in the middle of Santa Fe with stores and galleries all around it. All of these buildings have covered areas in front of them. We wandered in and out of several stores and galleries. By this time we were getting hungry. We decided to go to the Subway shop that we had seen as a best case scenario since neither of us felt like experimenting or eating too much. We then headed for the tour bus location and took a great tour in a small open sided tour bus. The driver's patter was cleverly and well done. We saw more of the area than we would have any other way. After the tour was over we backtracked to several shops we had seen earlier but hadn't gone in. We then went over to an area where the Native Americans had a sales area. They have been selling their art there since early in the last century. We picked up a couple of more things there. The neat thing about this area is that there is no tax and all the money goes directly to the artists involved. In fact, to sell in that area either the actual artist or a member of their immediate family must be selling the work. After that we returned to the car and headed back to the motel. Char hasn't been feeling well the last few days. We suspect that the altitude isn't agreeing with her.
There will be no pictures today as the part of the blog that controls that isn't cooperating.
Tomorrow we will be starting our run east for Augusta. We will be in Weatherford, OK tomorrow and then North Little Rock, AR the next night.


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