We flew from San Diego to Dallas and picked up the new Avalon Hybrid to drive back to San Diego. I have to admit I am pretty anal about packing and what goes where so of course when we started putting our luggage in the car I had a method for where things went since one bag had some food and photography gear. The Avalon had more than enough space for me to arrange things for easy access and for me to recline in the passenger seat when not driving.
|Oklahoma City National Memorial|
|Cadillac Ranch Amarillo, TX|
|Santa Fe Sage Inn Santa Fe, NM|
Great choices for dairy and gluten free in Santa Fe, NM
Revolution Bakery with raspberry lemon vegan and gluten free scones OMG!
|Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Raspberry Scone|
Tune Up Cafe's green chili stew. Anything with green chili is a must have while in Santa Fe.
Cowgirl BBQ has a great green chili burger called the mother that I had with the cheese taken off and on a gluten free bun with the best truffle fries ever!
|The Mother Burger Cowgirls BBQ Santa Fe, NM|
Kakawa Chocolate House has amazing drinking chocolates that are are made with almond milk and the best chocolate in the world!
|Kakawa Chocolate House Dairy Free Treats For Me!|
The architecture in Santa Fe is amazing with all the adobes. The plaza was very picturesque and had lots of merchants selling their creative and beautiful jewelry pieces. If you walk around downtown you will notice art everywhere and Santa Fe has some of the best art galleries anywhere! My favorite was the Patina Gallery with their beautiful jewelry and sculptures.
|James And I On The Plaza In Santa Fe, NM|
After Santa Fe we were headed north to Mesa Verde National Park to see the cliff dwellings. Not far over the border we came to the small town of Pagosa Springs. This small town has the deepest hot springs in the world and you are able to take advantage of the water from these springs and a couple places for a fee. James and I had not planed on stopping but I always have my swimsuit ready for these types of occasions. We went into The Springs Resort and Spa where we could enjoy 24 hot springs along the San Juan River. I WILL BE BACK! The Springs were so wonderful who would not want to go?
|Heaven On Earth Pagosa Springs, CO|
After our two hour glorious delay we continued to Mesa Verde where it started to snow. I do not know why I did not think it would snow we were about 8,000 feet. I was a little nervous since I had not been in snow for over three years but the Avalon handled the weather without a hitch.
Stay tuned for second article that details Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and Sedona!