3am: We’re both awake, feeling like mr. and mrs. Snowman. Nice, we did it again! We slightly underestimated mother Nature’s powers, and even though we’re much better prepared than last time: still SO cold!
One look at my phone gives me extra shivers: 7am is gonna be the coldest time. And indeed, when I wake up for the so manyth time my phone lets me know it’s -6°C. In- and outside. Oef! Sun, sun, where are you?
8am: The sun finally lights up my day, which starts out perfectly fine with some instant Starbucks coffee made by the best coffeemaker in town (Jon).
10am: We are on our way to Santa Fe, which 40 minutes later shows up in its valley with its barely visible low ground colored houses. It welcomes us, almost like an open air museum, and full of cozy Christmas lights (we’re thinking: this must be beautiful once the sun goes down! & contemplating about stepping by on the way back).
We have time to visit the plaza, Starbucks (because working life goes on) and Canyon Road, a so called ‘magical half-mile’ with numerous galleries and plenty of picture-worthy sights; like this whole city btw.
!! Attention gallery lovers and street photographers: Santa Fe is the place to be.
A little over 4-hour drive takes us all the way to the Carlsbad KOA campground, were we set up camp for the next 2 nights. Not without a stop at Walmart though, to stock up on extra warm socks, extra blanket and hot waterbottle. Oh, and a Christmas tree with USB connection. It’s the holidays y’all!!
Today’s route took us straight through Roswell, famous for the UFO crash in 1947. We kept our eyes open, but unfortunately didn’t spot any extraterrestrial vehicles.
TIP: If you ever feel like walking (a long way) – Santa Fe marks the end of the 19th century historic wagon trail that runs all the way from Missouri.
A visit to the Carlsbad Caverns is on the menu for tomorrow. Gonna be FUN!