Santa Fe Trip–Part One

I can’t believe this was almost two months ago! I’ve finally gotten around to getting some pictures together in the form of a blog post. I’m splitting in into two posts–the fun stuff, and then the race recap. Not that the race wasn’t fun (sucking air at 7300 feet is SO FREAKING FUN!), but I’m sure you see my point.

Kelly and her husband have a condo out in Santa Fe, so that’s how this whole idea got started. Although the nearer we got to race time, the more Kelly and I asked each other whose stupid-ass idea this was in the first place. (We both blamed the other). It’s totally Kelly’s fault:)

Between flights, we got the party started the only way we know how.

We flew in to Albuquerque, which coincidentally happens to be the setting of Breaking Bad, one of my favorite series ever!

Where are you, Jesse Pinkman?? I mean, we came all this way.

This “was” Los Pollos Hermanos in the show. Not exactly sure why I expected it to still have that sign on the front. Unpictured is the chain link fenced area containing an ostrich to the right of it. Interesting. Anyway, I really wanted to see the Whites’ house, but since some of the locations were so far apart, we had to choose the ones that were closer together.

From there, it was about an hour drive up to Santa Fe. I really cannot accurately describe to you how beautiful it is out there. Blue skies and you can see for miles. It is stunning. Somehow I totally came up short with the scenery photos. Fail.

We got settled in then did a little walking around and lots of obsessing over trying to figure out whether we were feeling the altitude. Yes? No? Maybe? And back to whose stupid-ass idea was this anyway? And then, screw it, let’s go have some wine.

We had dinner at Joseph’s of Santa Fe. Which. Was. Incredible. This would win best meal of the trip.

On the top: heirloom tomato, watermelon, and feta salad with a kalamata olive tapenade and fresh mint. I have no words. On the bottom: sweet potato fritters(?) with a sauce I would’ve licked off the plate had it been socially acceptable. We shared dessert–1) carrot cake with mascarpone frosting and 2) butterscotch pudding with caramel sauce and sea salt. Now do you see why this meal won best meal of the trip? If you’re ever in the area, you really ought to go.

Breakfast the next morning came in as the second best meal of the trip.

This was the best oatmeal I’ve ever had. And yes, that is in fact made-from-scratch whipped cream next to the bananas. They cancel each other out. I’m working on trying to recreate it. When I figure it out, I’ll share.

Because who doesn’t need a little brie with breakfast?

After breakfast we did a little walking around (our attempt at acclimatization) and shopping. The best word I can think of to describe Santa Fe is eclectic. Other than the pueblo-style homes and buildings, no two people or places are the same. It really is unique.

We had some great finds all in one place. We each got a pair of these espadrilles at a little textile shop called Bon Marche.

I picked up a wedding gift for a coworker.

And a tote bag for myself and one for my sister for Christmas.

Then we stopped in the plaza where all the local artists have their stuff for sale.

Turquoise and silver bracelets for the girls and I.

After that, we headed to the packet pickup….which I’ll save for Part Two….let’s just say it left us a little skeptical?

Next stop was the spa. Actually the spa occurred twice, but who’s counting? Anyway, this is where–for the first time–we really became semi-freaked regarding the altitude effects. There was a fairly significant walk up to the spa and I very quickly felt short of breath and my heart felt like it was pounding in my chest with the effort. We later found out where we were was at about 8000 feet. So of course that meant that 7300 ought to be a piece of cake:)

One pasta dinner and one sleep later, and then 13.1 at 7300 feet the next morning. Race recap coming soon!


  1. Looks like an awesome trip! And oh my gosh…all of the food looks incredible!!

  2. Wow! So far everything on this trip looks amazing! I think that both of you should be trying to take credit for this idea!!

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