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Still Traveling

April 26, 2008

Before we meander out of New Mexico today (if you call traveling at 75 mph on the Interstate ‘meandering’) I am compelled to say that the people we have met in New Mexico are some of the most hospitable we have met anywhere. So many times when we told someone in a hotel where we were booking in, or in a shop and even more surprisingly at a golf course, we were thanked for coming to New Mexico. And the nice part is it comes across as very spontaneous.

The furthest east we got in New Mexico was Santa Fe. A great little city. We stumbled on to a marvelous little privately owned motel called the El Rey. Built in 1936 it originally sat out in the countryside all by itself. Now of course it is surrounded by all of the big chains and other commercial buildings, but it sits on 4 acres and has retained its unique flavour. Rates are reasonable and the staff is excellent. Highly recommended for anyone traveling into Santa Fe.

We also enjoyed walking around and shopping in the Plaza which is the old, downtown core. We stopped in the historic downtown section of Albuquergue as well and it didn’t hold a candle to Santa Fe.

One morning we were walking around the Plaza area and we saw an older gentleman across the street walking a very large black and white Great Dane. While we watched he was stopped numerous times by individuals obviously fascinated by the dog, who would talk to the owner and pet the dog and then move on. As it happened he crossed the street and we met him coming back up. We, like the others, stopped to pet the dog and chat with the gentleman and noted that it wasn’t a very good exercise walk for the dog with so many people stopping him enroute. He laughed and said, ” Oh, this isn’t a walk, it’s an adoration  tour”. I think he was right. The Great Dane was holding court.

Just one of those brief encounters that leave you with a taste of the local flavour of a community.



April 25, 2008


We are traveling at the moment. Currently we are overnighting in Gallup, New Mexico on our way back west from Santa Fe. We traveled down through Utah and across northern Arizona, simply enjoying the spectacular countryside.

Although this is not a golfing trip, I am carrying my clubs particularly because I wanted to golf the Pinon Hills municipal golf course in Farmington, New Mexico. I have wanted to play that particular course for a decade or better and sometimes what you wish does come true. Great course and it lived up to my expectations.

One thing that I have found interesting on this trip is how in such a short time period almost all of the hotels we have checked have free Internet. It was not that long ago that if there was Internet available there was a fee charged for its use. It’s not surprising that it has happened, just that the hotels have adjusted their policy so quickly.

Not that it has done me much good. Most of the hotels we hit had WiFi rather than hardwired units and although my laptop worked fine at the beginning, all of a sudden it got temperamental and wouldn’t connect any more regardless of the fact that it was seeing strong signals. It seemed that there should have been a logical solution to the problem, but damned if I could find it.

Fortunately I haven’t had to go cold turkey as all of the hotels have had in-house computers that are available for use, also for free. Not entirely satisfactory but better than total abstinence.

Unfortunately it has been detrimental to any blogging activities.