Coming up from White Sands NP, it was a long drive to Santa Fe and we barely got there before sunset. We hung out at Starbucks for a bit to use their wi-fi and sent a lot of couch surfing requests but didn’t manage to find any hosts; we did leave it a bit too late. So we opened our wallets and opted for the only hostel in town which was magically still open. Very friendly management, cool place, easy location I guess we were really lucky. I think we got a private room for about $35. They had a really interesting thing going because they were a non-profit, which meant local groceries donated food items to them which they let patrons use, and they also asked us to tidy our rooms in the morning and do a small chore. So after chowing on some free toast and coffee I swept the room and Marelise cleaned a bathroom. Not for everyone I’m sure but it was kind of nice in a way.
That day was kind of disappointing because we were planning on heading to Mesa Verde National Park to see the cliff dwellings which are supposed to be really cool, but as soon as we hit Cuba,NM before the state line we got flurries, the weather had changed on us. We headed back down to Albuquerque with our tails between our legs to recoup and change our plans. I remembered I had an old friend from Botswana, Mimzy who lives there. I called her up, and she was sweet enough to book us a room at a Fairfield while we were on the road. We met up later downtown at Dirty Bourbon. Really great to see her and meet her fiance Chris. The bar itself had a country band playing, and the place was festive, definitely an interesting outing. New Mexico was great, but next is Flagstaff Arizona, right near le GRAND CANYON!!