Day 4, Part 1: Santa Fe, Canyon Road & Ten Thousand Waves

19 Apr


Day 4, Part 1

 Sleep, turquoise, canyon road, zen spa & a fish named Herb

 We let ourselves sleep till 8:30 on day 4! Aren’t we crazy?! After 3 days of no sleep, both Rachel and I were committed to getting some solid Z’s. A meltdown was near for both of us due to exhaustion and we knew we were approaching dangerous territory. I can only speak for myself but I am a monster when I am tired. A MONSTER.

So in an attempt to find balance we decided to pamper ourselves a bit on our last morning in Santa Fe and sleep until 8:30, order room service and have breakfast in bed. It was heavenly.

 After packing up our bags and equipment, we decided to head out and explore the Santa Fe streets a bit more. We shopped for turquoise (actually we haggled) and then drove to Canyon Road,  to explore the streets, galleries and shops. Oh, the fun we had playing on tire swings and with statues. We also stumbled upon an amazing little import store on Canyon Road where I found a little bowl with blue chevron stripes on it from India and it became my treasure to bring home from Santa Fe.

 After our walk on Canyon Road we took our relaxation morning to a whole new level and decided to pay a visit to Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese style spa in Santa Fe.  The minute I walked in, I knew I was in for quite a treat. Every little detail was perfection…the tea, the kimonos, the service, the fountains, the little buddhas and my personal favorite was a little plastic orange fish for $3.50. I  snatched him up immediately to bring with us.

After 2 hours of soaking, saunas and silence we packed it up to leave.

I’m pretty sure we would have stayed all afternoon if we could have but we had to head to our next destination, the Puye Cliff Dwellings in Española, New Mexico.

I felt a little sad about leaving Santa Fe. Everyone is so damn nice there and there is something so very poetic about the energy of that place.

Dear Santa Fe,

You’ve got me.

photos taken with my iphone that morning…

 See Rachel’s take here!

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14 Responses to “Day 4, Part 1: Santa Fe, Canyon Road & Ten Thousand Waves”

  1. BreakingNorms April 19, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    love the goldfish picture! how do you think the japanese spa compares to other types of spas? (assuming you’ve been to other ones)

  2. txurrosytxocolate April 19, 2012 at 6:56 am #

    Haha… I have never thought much about wanting to go to Santa Fe before, but after reading these posts, you’ve sold me! This sounds like a perfect day. 🙂

    • katemcclafferty April 19, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Thank you so much!! You must go to Santa Fe- it’s gorgeous:)

  3. Claire Cappetta April 19, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Love the goldfish… and the tubby guy in the previous picture..what and who is he? lol 🙂

  4. thepapergnome April 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    this looks like so much fun. consider me jealous. would love to see pictures of that chevron bowl!

  5. chihuahuawisdom April 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I am sooooooo jealous right now! Love Santa Fe. Though I have a little rental property there, Santa Fe OWNS my heart. Sigh… someday 🙂 Enjoy Española!

    • katemcclafferty April 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Santa Fe owns my heart too!!! Such a beautiful place:) you’re so lucky to have property there!!!

  6. the usual bliss April 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Love your blog- added it to my own ‘blog love’ page. I’ve been trying to think of a spot for a girl’s trip before I get married- Ten Thousand Waves is on the list! Thanks for writing!

    • katemcclafferty April 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you sooooooo much!!!! I love your blog too:) omg! Ten thousand waves would be perfect! Congrats on the upcoming wedding

      • the usual bliss May 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

        Looking like the girlie weekend pre-wedding might indeed be in Santa Fe. Restaurant suggestions? Other goodies other than the spa extravaganza? FUN!

      • katemcclafferty May 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

        That’s so great!!!
        My favorite restaurants are The Compound (fancy but delicious) and Cafe Pasqual (amazinggggg food)
        Oh and I love the la fonda hotel!

      • the usual bliss May 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

        You rock. Gracias!!


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