Sunday, November 21, 2021


Saturday, October 9th:

 We were off to Santa Fe for a family rendezvous. This was our first family gathering since the start of the Pandemic and the restrictions in travel and visits started in March 2020. We were all vaccinated and bolstered so we ventured out.

Today our goal was the reach Winslow, AZ where we would stay at the La Posada Hotel. 

Sweet Pretzels for road 
trip breakfast

It was a long day on the road with the distance covered being about 525 miles. 

On the Road

The drive went smoothly with one 25 minute slow down on I-17 North of Phoenix. 

We enjoyed the stop at Sunset Overlook which overlooks a long valley and I can see where it could be a photo op. 

                                Arizona Poppy

                                    Sunset Valley

We Had a scenic drive through forest the last 100 miles with very little traffic. Once in Winslow we topped off the gas a little too much and did not pay attention to the auto shut off. Got it done safely though.

After checking into La Posada we went for a short walk with a stop and photo op at THE CORNER. 

      Standing on the Corner and Singing the tune

Then we went for more of a walk in the residential area. Dinner in the Turquoise Room was very good - we split an elk entree. Noise was awful though. There is nothing to dampen the noise in the room. The sound just bounces off the walls, ceiling and tile floor.

                             Halloween Decor

Sunday, October 10: 

Drove onto Santa Fe today. The drive slowed by a crash on I-25 which caused a 30 minute delay. Overcast part of the time so we could see some rain clouds and actually had a few sprinkles. Google Maps did a great job of navigating us to the Hilton on the Plaza. Checked in and got a bit of the unpacking done before the girls and Justin arrived. Soon there after we were off for a little wandering about and stretching our legs. We enjoyed a  light dinner at the Ortiz, the cafe and bar area of our hotel. I enjoyed a Quesadilla with a cold Negra Modelo. As it was still early we wandered and window shopped around the Plaza some more.


                               Santa Fe Plaza

Monday, October 11: 

Slept in to about 0630!  We went to breakfast at a small restaurant on San Francisco Street - Tia Sophia - and then started browsing shop around the Plaza. Found the world of David Yarrow, a fine arts photographer, at the Sorrel Sky Gallery and shop. He produces very large prints in black and white. really enjoyed his work. We got three books describing his work and his writing about taking the photos. He sets up his shoots with lots of planning a layout.

We called a rest stop for George and I about noon. Went back to the Hotel and I read most of one of the Yarrow books and then took about a half hour nap while George went for a much longer nap.

Early dinner/late lunch at the Los Magueyes, a small restaurant located on Burro Alley.

                       Entrance to Burro Alley

off of San Francisco St. The food was excellent and we were all happy with our choices.

Then off again for browsing. I was headed for the Museum of the Presidents but we revisited the Sorrel Sky Gallery to take another look at David Yarrow works! Wandered around by the city offices, and then finally back to the Hotel.

                           A Santa Fe Residence

Klara went off to do some grocery shopping for snacks and breakfast foods for the next couple of days.


  1. Did you investigate the 'Harvey House' connection with La Posada? We've passed thru the area ca couple times and are always surprised at what we missed. Thanks for the post, we may have to go back again!

  2. Yes, The hotel was Originally hosted By Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls. Until the change in the organization of the Turquoise Room the wait staff were dressed in Harvey Girl attire.
    La Posada was designed by Mary Coulter who also was the Architect of Desert Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon