From Mesa Verde we went to Four Corners.  As I explained in the lengthy post a few days ago, we were quite upset about that.  We took a decent number of pictures of us outside the gate with the sign that announced its Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s closed dates.  The first shot of this update are the three shots which capture our truest emotions.

That night (Thanksgiving) we arrived in Santa Fe.  Friday we went into the downtown area and walked around, ate food, and shopped.  There are several photos of us in this area, above.

Santa Fe was quite an artsy little city.  I was somewhat surprised how artsy the southwest was, having not spent much time there.  My impression of the southwest was one that leaned towards the conservative and the practical, not the artistic.  It made our visit more rewarding.

In the center of the downtown square, there was a monument to white soldiers who fought in several skirmishes against the natives.  The vandalized monument used to read “savage” before the word was scratched out.  The monument had a nearby plaque which explained that the sentiments which existed during the time in which the monument was erected.


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Miles Driven: 9,061

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The gang and I are in Cortez, CO this morning and have a busy day planned!  We’ve discussed what we’re going to do for Thanksgiving dinner, and it seems like a restaurant is the only way to go, unless we make friends in a jiffy.  There have been discussions about volunteering at a soup kitchen or something of that nature, but our new plan could make that difficult.  We have over 350 miles and two destinations to cover today, so it seems unlikely that we’d arrive in our sleeping town (Santa Fe, NM) with any time left to help out.  Here is what we’re planning to do today:


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The Mesa Verde National Park just outside of town is our first stop.  It was listed as the number one thing to do while in Cortez, CO, though we planned on going from the get-go.  It is home to former Native American dwellings and is the first park that we’ll visit for something other than scenic natural views.

Our second stop will be the Four Corners Monument which is the shared border point of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Depending on how many people are there and the resulting queue, we’re hoping to be in four places at once!

After we leave the Four Corners Monument, we’ll be heading southeast towards Santa Fe, NM.  In a brief visit here when I was younger the town seemed very cool—permeable, walkable, and pretty.  I’m hoping that it is as I remember!

So, today we’ll be lots of places.  Four states, two federally protected pieces of land, and a new city.  We won’t be able to be everywhere, however.  We haven’t forgotten the Thanksgiving celebrations that are going on at home, or the loved ones that are smiling, chatting, and eating there.  Unfortunately, on some levels, we’ll be our on own, eating our own dinner, smiling and chatting—probably about all of you.

Richie B is thankful for his friends and his family.

Cait is thankful for her family and the opportunity to see the country.

Danny is thankful for nature’s scenic beauty and the vision which allows him to view it.