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Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX to Santa Fe, NM

Posted by on November 8, 2012

We boondocked it at Palo Duro Canyon State Park for the night (no charge) after we arrived so late and the gates were locked.  It happened to be so windy that we thought the motorhome was going to tip over.  When we woke up, there was no wind.  We had some breakfast, unloaded the dirtbike and away we went to go explore Palo Duro.

How fantastic and breathtaking these canyons are.

There were some creeks that we had to go through, one was really fun to take the dirtbike through, as you can see in the photos.  Not having the appropriate clothing for getting dirty and wet, we took it easy.

We took a little hike up to a small cave that was beautiful.  We met a couple that was in the area for the ranch rodeo in Amarillo, TX.  We took some fun photos.

After a few hours of touring the area, we decided it was time to make the trek to Santa Fe, NM to stay with our friends, Marcie and Deane. Marcie and Deane just moved from Sacramento to Santa Fe last week, so it was perfect timing to meet them there.  We arrived in Santa Fe at about 5pm. I was driving and Scott was navigating but the roads were a little on the narrow side and I often wondered if the GPS was taking us to the wrong place and I would have to maneuver the beast back out.  To my surprise, again, the GPS was spot on.  I shouldn’t question her.  We arrived at Marcie and Deane’s, spent a little while chatting before heading to Downtown Santa Fe for some of the best Mexican food in New Mexico according to Yelp.  The Shed has 253 reviews and 4 stars.  This place was packed with an hour and a half wait.  We put our name in and walked around town.  I bought myself a new hat and Scott a new jacket.  We went back to the restaurant where we sat down.  Marcie, Deane and Scott had margaritas and beer and we ate tons of Mexican food.

We then proceeded after dinner to go to the store because they insisted I needed cocktails also.  So we acquired some Malibu Rum and proceeded back to the house.  By that time, we were all doing shots, but this was after it took about 10 minutes to get the bottle of Malibu open (see pics below).

We decided it was time to turn in as tomorrow we wanted to go to the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, NM.

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