HUGE thanks to David for lending me his camera for this photo. More on that later.
This morning we got up and did some exploring around Santa Fe. I know you’re wondering so I’ll bite: There are a TON of Geodudes and Eevees around here. There. Got that cleared up. But yeah, we had breakfast at a place called Palacio and wandered around that area. There were some excellent shops around there, particularly one just down the street that felt kind of like a DIME-type store. We definitely walked out of there with some crap.
We barely made it back to the place in time to load up and get out by 11am, our check-out time. Then it was back on the road! We made a few more stops between Santa Fe and Colorado, too. We saw Camel Rock, Red Rock (or is it just red rocks?), and the Echo Amphitheater. The Echo Amphitheater is SUPER cool. It’s one of those things that just seems to get bigger as you walk closer to it.
We got all the way up there, shouted into the thing a few times, and took some pictures. I got some cool ones of David, Emily, and Arri standing on a platform. As a matter of fact, as soon as I took those pics, the bottom fell out and it was suddenly pouring down rain on us. We ran as fast as we could (hello, shin splints) back to the car. Everyone made it back in one piece, but my camera totally stopped functioning. I could turn it on, but none of the buttons on it worked at all. That’s actually still the case right now, although I’m close to figuring it out. I think some water got under the shutter button, and it’s making contact without even touching the button. Basically, the camera things I’m halfway-pressing the shutter all the time, which explains why no buttons work and the LCD only turns on when I shut the camera off (sensor cleaning). If I barely touch the shutter button, the camera starts firing off images. I’m REALLY hoping it heals itself overnight, because this would be terrible timing to not have a camera.
As we drew closer to the cabin, we saw this view from the side of the highway and decided to stop. Thankfully, David let me borrow his camera to grab a shot myself. It’s actually a pano of 8 frames shot on the 70-200mm. Everything here is gorgeous.