Elisabeth from USA, Kansas

Southwest Road Trip Part 1 (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

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Car packed, full tank of gas, windows down, and the radio up! Just some of the things you need to have, for a successful road trip. My Cousin Contessa and I set out on a two-week long road trip adventure to the southwest.

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Car packed, full tank of gas, windows down, and the radio up! Just some of the things you need to have, for a successful road trip. My Cousin Contessa and I set out on a two-week long road trip adventure to the southwest. We drove through 7 States total on our trip (one being our home state “Kansas”). Though, technically only visiting four of them. After, driving 3,523 miles total, saying we were exhausted is an understatement. We made it back in one piece and without killing one another. The trip had its ups and downs. But, it was worth it in the end. So, why don’t I just tell you about it……

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Driving to our first destination (Santa Fe, New Mexico) was smooth sailing. That is, until we got into Santa Fe. Where my GPS decides it wants to start recalculating every five minutes. Yeah, we’ve all been there, it’s never fun. Especially, after you’ve been driving for 8 hours! Finally, after about 30 minutes we were able to find our hotel. Not because of the GPS. But, because my Cousin saw a sign in the distance with the name of our hotel on it. Thanks for nothing GPS! What help were you?! Anyways, we were very exhausted from traveling all day that we decided to stay in the rest of the night. We ordered pizza, watched a movie, and started planning the next day’s events.

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The first thing on our itinerary was going to the local Farmers Market and Artist Market. Which, is open every Saturday from 8 a.m-1p.m. We got there around 11 o’clock or so. We first stopped inside the building where the Farmers Market was and sadly didn’t stay very long. It was overly crowded and it was difficult to see all the things they had to purchase because of it. We then walked outside to the Artist Market where it was a lot calmer. You were able to walk around and enjoy yourself and check out all the awesome art work. I’ll have to state that it was spring break for many people and I think that’s why it was overly crowded. So, for future reference just get there as early as you can.

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After scooping out the markets, we decided just to walk around and check out the area. The train station was pretty cool and from there went into some unique shops. We walked through different neighborhoods and saw tons of cool art work on random street corners. I loved the architecture and colors of the buildings we past. I always say: “If I could draw I would be an architect.” But, instead I take pictures. Close enough, right?!

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While, walking back to our vehicle after checking out the area for a few hours we stumbled upon a World Market. I have only been to the one in San Antonio, Texas and I love it! The employees at this World Market were so welcoming and helpful. One employee named Bob asked if we would like to do some wine tasting. Of course, we said yes! He was very knowledgeable about all the wines. In the end I walked out with three bottles and my cousin had one. I also had to pick me up some Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Covered Rolled Wafers from Greece. They are amazing!

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Since, we drank all that wine at the World Market. It was time to find a good place to eat. We couldn’t decide on what exactly it was we wanted to eat. So, we looked to YELP, and finally settled on BBQ. Of course two girls from Kansas settled on a BBQ place in New Mexico. Go figure! The place we chose was The Ranch House (restaurant review section). But, I’ll tell you it was some really good BBQ. Doesn’t compare to Kansas City BBQ though. But, it was tasty!

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Shortly after we finished dinner we went to the Kakawa Chocolate House (restaurant review section). This place is ranked #1 or Trip Advisor and rightfully so. The aroma alone walking into the building is amazing! There is so many different chocolates and elixirs to choose from. Definitely, a must stop if you are in Santa Fe.

I know there was a lot more to see and do while in Santa Fe. Though, we had a great time with the short amount of time we had while we were there. I’m sure we will be back to this unique and artsy town again. Definitely a great town to stop in while on a road trip.

 “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

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Elisabeth from USA, Kansas

Elisabeth from USA, Kansas

Traveler, Adventure Seeker, Photographer and Blogger at ksgirladventures.com.
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