I struck out this morning for Santa Fe at 9 o'clock, since it's about an hour away I figured that would give the traffic a chance to lighten up a bit before I got to the big city.
I knew the traffic was going to be pretty bad around the old historic Spanish Governors Mansion, which is like the heart of the tourist district of Santa Fe. But the volume of tourist both driving and walking surprised even me.
I had to park many blocks away from the center of activity and walk, that's right walk, to where all the touristy stuff is. I don't take walking lightly, I believe that were born with a certain number of steps that we can take in our life, and when we reach that number that we're limited to.... We fall over.
But I got to see some of the things I went there to see, even though the day was too short to see them all. Which brings me to the idea of day trips. In the past I didn't like to leave the Arctic Fox all alone for more than a few hours, so that limited the places I could go and the things I could see without dragging the Arctic Fox along with me. But I'm trying to force myself to branch out from wherever I'm boondocked and visit places, like I did today that will take most of the day or longer to visit and enjoy.
And I say enjoy because today I tried to pack too much sightseeing into a one-day trip, and dealing with the crowds, the traffic, and all the walking just plum tuckered me out. I can't imagine what Santa Fe would be like to visit on the weekend, but for me it just wouldn't be enjoyable.
But I do like the idea of doing more day trips and mini vacations. So I'm going to spend some more time thinking about how I can comfortably stay overnight or for several days and boondock either in my truck or in a tent so I don't have to stay in $100 a night motels, and from the looks of Santa Fe I'll bet a $100 a night motel would be a bargain if you could find one.