Today I started the day at an outlet mall...no outlet shopping is NOT my idea of a vacation. However, that is where the visitors center is located. So, I started there. A very helpful woman was working at the visitors center. I explained my hesitation to visit some places on my own, and asked that she show me some places to be sure to see as well as places I should avoid (due to safety). She showed me a few spots I want to be sure to see before I leave NM.
It was rather interesting to have a complete stranger say they admire me for traveling by myself...truth be told; I was scared to travel alone. However, I have realized that if I always waited to have others to go and do things with I would rarely leave my house. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." So fear aside, here I am.
From there I drove to Pecos, NM. The drive was beautiful up through and around the Santa Fe National Forest. I toured the ruins of a 18th century mission church and Kiva's built by the Pueblo Indians during the Indian revolt of 1680.
Then I drove back to Santa Fe to The Bishops Lodge Resort for an incredible dinner of chipotle mushroom linguine. After dinner I walked over to the stables for a breathtaking horseback ride at sunset.
Today was a great day..."cold" but great!! Tomorrow (Friday) I am headed to Taos.