Wow! What a difference a day makes! Carlsbad Cavern National Park is incredible, but we very glad to be out of Carlsbad. We had a great time walking the 1.5 mile "Big Room" trail and I was able to get some neat photos; still trying to post these where everyone can see them...even those who are not on Facebook. Keep checkin' in...I will figure something out. The drive up to Santa Fe was 5 hours, but the landscape made it very worthwhile.
A few quotes I need to repeat on the Blog. The first one came from a young man, about 10 years old, as we were walking around Carlsbad Cavern; he was with his family (mom, dad and two sisters) and he looked up to his dad and said, "You know Gandolf is very fit." James LOVED it. I didn't really hear them talking about anything before that comment, so I'm thinking the young man must have been daydreaming about "Lord of the Rings" and just decided to make that observation. Very cute.
The next one came from Mr. James himself. While walking through the Caverns it was completely silent...not a sound to be heard. Wonderful. We loved it and would often just stop to "listen" to nothing. At one point James said, "It is so quiet, the only thing I hear is my brain functioning." I'm glad his brain functions all the time...I have to jump start mine most of the time.
The last quote came from our dear friend, Capt. Dave, and is actually a quote he shared with us. ""The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude." After 12 days on the road, we couldn't agree more.
Onto the FOOD! Well, OK, first I have to share where we are. We are in a lovely RV Park 7 miles south of Santa Fe called "Rancheros de Santa Fe." Very quaint and it has everything. The temperature/weather is probably my favorite thing about Santa Fe...well, that is a lie...sorry...it is the food, but I will get to that in a moment. The weather is amazing; nice hot sun with a wonderful, cool breeze. Right now, at 8:50pm, it is probably 65 degrees. Ahhh....perfect. Once we got everything set up and I got cleaned up, we were about to head out in search of food. A nice man by the name of John came by walking his dog, Cooper. We got to talking and he recommended "Cappa de Oro" and said it was just around the corner and very good. So, since we were tired and didn't feel like driving all over looking for a place, we took his advise.
O MY GOSH...friends, let me tell you, I will never eat pork the same way again. Yep, I had a pork tenderloin and James had the chicken. Sounds pretty boring, but both dishes were anything but! The appetizer was a cold, curry chicken spring roll which blew both of us away. Then came the entrees. I can't even begin to describe how explosive the flavors were. Suffice to say, we are going back tomorrow night to have another go at it. Oh, yeah, we finished it off with a triple layer chocolate cake which still sends shivers down my spine when I think about it!
Tomorrow we plan on going into Santa Fe to see the US's oldest Church and the Miracle Staircase. There is so much to do here, we may have to come back to this area for a longer stay. I can't wait to share what we see...and EAT...tomorrow with you all! Love you and God Bless!