Four Corners – Maria and Lipbone

30 Jul

There are miracles in this world. That was proven when I convinced my family to go on a road trip. They had never been on an excursion that called for nights in different hotel rooms and days driving through different landscapes, which is exactly the kind of traveling that I was raised on.

When our trip to Europe was cancelled, we knew that something had to be done. Going an entire summer without traveling was not an option. We debated. We studied. We debated some more. Then, we put together an adventure through the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. It is part of the country that I wanted my family to see, and the next several posts will chronicle our journey.

Before daybreak, we made our way to the airport for a typical flight on Southwest Airlines. Except, our layover was not at a typical airport. We spent a few hours at Love Field, the place where John F. Kennedy started his tour of Dallas in 1963. A few hours later, Love Field witnessed the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson as president of the United States.

Our second plane landed in Albuquerque. We got off the plane; got our luggage; and got our rental car. As we pulled out of the parking lot, my wife read that Southwest had a system failure and people were stranded all over the place. Our timing was perfect.

We drove to Santa Fe, where the Inn and Spa at Loretto awaited. However, that was not the only place on the agenda. When we started talking about the trip, my wife and I knew that we would definitely go to one place in particular.

Maria’s – the best New Mexican cuisine in Santa Fe. We wanted to make sure that the teenagers on the trip got some real food.image-24

After the meal, we went back to the hotel and to the first of thousands of pictures of the teenagers.image-23

I think we broke a record for pictures. My stepdaughter’s friend sent a ton of pictures to her mom. Then, her mom said she wanted some pictures of the scenery, too.

Taking the picture must have been tiring because my wife went to the room. I, on the other hand, took the girls to the plaza. They needed to see the real Santa Fe. I did not expect to walk onto a plaza filled with people dancing and listening to the music of Lipbone Redding.image-22

Eventually, we made our way around the plaza and to more spots to take selfies. The next day would start our real adventure.


7 Responses to “Four Corners – Maria and Lipbone”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong July 30, 2016 at 23:51 #

    That was always my favorite kind of traveling when we were younger. Harder now with creaky old bones and bad backs, but it was always the best way to really see a part of the country — or any country.

    • Rick July 30, 2016 at 23:59 #

      Yep. People miss a lot by staying in one place. A bunch of interesting stuff in between.

  2. Shutterbugshea July 31, 2016 at 01:20 #

    Can’t wait to see more !! I love New Mexico!! Enjoy!!!

    • Rick August 1, 2016 at 00:27 #

      It’s coming soon.

  3. sittingpugs August 2, 2016 at 02:16 #

    So glad to see you’ve got a contingency plan — even if it was organically pulled together. That burrito looks amazing. Looking forward to your next post!

    • Rick August 2, 2016 at 02:30 #

      Thanks. It was delicious.


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