Day One of our Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico Adventure
From our home in Scottsdale, Arizona we made our morning rush hour journey to Sky Harbor Airport. Fortunately for us, we were able to scoot through all the traffic in the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane, as there were two of us in the car.
Our first stop was AviStar/FastTrack Airport Parking. We have grown to appreciate this service because for $6.99/day we get to arrive in a non-crowded place, hop in a bus, and be dropped off right at the front door of our particular terminal. Easy, quick, and painless.
As we now live in the Greater Phoenix area, we have perhaps abandoned Northwest/Delta airlines for the hometown airline: US Airways. When we arrived at the luggage check-in area, we were greeted with a massive swarm of humanity all looking to go somewhere fast.
I muttered aloud to Carol, “I told you we should have left earlier. Now, there is no way in creation we are going to catch our plane!”. There must have been 250 people in front of us, and we still had to go through security with its new tightened measures. ACK!
To my complete and utter amazement, with the on-hand US Airways staff keeping the crowd moving, constantly pointing the next person in line to an empty machine, we zipped trough that large line in fairly short order.
My hat is off to US Airways! I am very impressed with your commitment to a smooth process.
Our short 52 minute flight has us in our National Car Rental, and off we drove for our one hour drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
We arrived in Santa Fe to find very black storm clouds hovering over the mountains, and quickly realized that we might be adjusting some of our adventures for the day. I might also point out that with these clouds were very strong winds.
Our first item of business was a lunch meeting with Steve Lewis (Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau), who helped us with a number of reservations, and also provided us with resources to help determine what we might do during our stay.
We had lunch at The Shed. I highly recommend it. I had two blue corn tortillas layered with cheddar cheese, onion, covered with red chile, topped with a sunny-side-up egg. It was delicious!
After lunch, we journeyed off to Ecantado Resort to check in. Because the weather had taken a bone-chilling turn, we decided to stay parked at Encantado for the rest of the day.
The Encantado Resort is an amazing place, but because the Encantado Resort is also one of our host for this particular trip, we are going to dedicate separate posts to tell you about the resort, and also our wonderful dinner.
Lights out for Monday, April 12th.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventure.