Amy redeems herself with a really cool shot of the family standing in front of the Loretto chapel.
The Marriott Courtyard that Gary and Family stayed at. This was shot early in the morning and the place was a good 5 miles from downtown. It was ok, but too far from the Plaza.
Dani got in the middle of laughing at something.
Cindy, Ian and Dani all getting ready to go see the Plaza.
Ian and Cindy in their hotel near the Plaza. They were located almost within walking distance.
Susan getting her stuff together as we explore the Plaza in Santa Fe.
Amy staring at the photographer as we gather our stuff to explore the Plaza in Santa Fe.
Kim applying make up to go out and see the sights. Yes Gary suffers more than anyone knows.
Amy and Susan enjoying the pleasant weather. Santa Fe was in the 50-60 range with just a few scatter clouds way off in the distance.
Santa Fe architecture is almost exclusively of this adobe style. No joke, you won't find a mirrored window anywhere. No Xmas lights either, except for luminaries which can be seen on this structure.
One of the many NICE hotels on or near the Plaza that Susan wouldn't let me stay at.
Susan posing near a restaurant sign a block or two from the Plaza
Amy doing an awful job of framing Gary, Susan and Kim in front of the LORETTO chapel.
Interesting carving outside of the Loretto Chapel.
The famous unsupported stairway of the Loretto chapel. Photography is allowed and the reservation for a wedding is supposedly a year long.
Another hotel that Gary wasn't allowed to stay at. Again notice the structure's design.
I bribed the girls to come out of the vehicle and their movies by offering to buy one gift each. Kim promptly walks into a jewelry store. Her initial request is pictured - $5400.00. Gary just had to take the picture after he stopped laughing.
Only churches seem to be excempt from the adobe style in Santa Fe.
Family walking along a side street about a block or two from the Plaza. Traffic on the day before Christmas eve was congested, and that is a Texas size understatement.
One of the many terribly expensive stores the girls dragged me into.
A statue depicting one of the many elk I use to tag when I hunted in Colorado each year.
Forget the poor photography with the shadow completely messing the picture up. Just look at those yummy peppers!
Yet another wonderful hotel that Susan nixed from my itinery.
Amy and Susan shopping in Santa Fe.
Check out the luminaries on this structure.
No, ain't going to happen. The shops of the Plaza area are filled with price tags that need commas. A leather coat for $4,995. Give me a break.
Oh yes. The photo of the day winner.
Photographer: Gary Sandoval
Model: Amy Jo Boyd
Place: Some outrageously expensive store off of the Plaza.
At the Plaza, Kimberly is over joyed. Notice Mom has spent some of my money that she wouldn't let me spend on my accomodations.
Amy in a reflective moment.
I liked the lighting so much I stuck Kim in the same spot as Amy and took another picture.
The streets are very narrow and congested near the plaza. Definitely no fun driving in the area. Which is why you want a hotel in the area so you don't have to drive. Right Susan?
My nephew Ian. He had about as much fun shopping as his Uncle.
My sister-in-law Cindy and her family met us at the Plaza.
Cindy and her daughter Danielle with the Plaza in the background.
Amy takes advantage of the setting sun and shoots some nice shots of the shadows falling on some of the buildings in Santa Fe.
Runner up for photo of the day:
Photographer: Amy Jo Boyd
Model: Hotel of the Governers in downtown Santa Fe.
Highly recommend the place if you plan to visit.
Kim and Gary heading back to the vehicle for the trip to Taos.
Susan and Kim loose the race back to the SUV. Kim shows us that her tongue still works.