Sure, there are some days (er, lots of days) when I am walking behind a herd of slow-moving tourists (who don't seem to realize that some people in Santa Fe have places to be or even that other people might like to use the sidewalk) when I am annoyed by those who vacation here.
But the tourist population that descends upon Santa Fe in the summer has to get some credit for making/keeping our little capitol city interesting. For one, they bring lots and lots of money into our economy, which keeps lots of people employed. Santa Fe has a pretty low unemployment rate and the minimum wage in Santa Fe is $10.51 (second-highest in the nation - San Fransisco has us beat by four cents). And when it comes to what sustains our economy, especially in the summertime, it's the tourists.
|Tourists in matching Hawaiian shirts!|
Of course, I like tourists best when they are my family and friends visiting me! A couple weekends ago, my mom and brother visited for a long weekend and we got to do some of my favorite things together: visit the capitol building, shop at the farmer's market, play with Assisi, and eat tacos. It also gave us an excuse to visit some place I'd never been, such as the New Mexico Museum of History and the National Cemetery:
|Mom at the cemetery.|
I always seem to be visiting interesting cemeteries with my mom. This one is on top of a hill, so it had a beautiful view of the city, especially as thunderstorm clouds slowly moved toward us. This cemetery also has gravestones from the Civil War:
Didn't know that New Mexico was part of the Civil War? Me neither! The next day at the History Museum, we educated ourselves and learned that Santa Fe only spent 18 days as a Confederate territory before the Union took them back. Anyway, as always, it was great to have visitors and to show my family around our cute little high desert town.
|Paul & I at the Oldest House in the USA.|
|Mallory and Eric - I made them pose awkwardly in the parking lot.|
We also drank some delicious beer at Eske's Brew Pub (go there) and went to a bookstore that had adorable cats in their windowsill:
Precious felines aside, it was real nice to escape the craziness of Santa Fe and spend a relaxing day in Taos. As great as the summer has been, I am looking forward to the fall: fewer tourists, cooler weather, and scarves! (I cannot tell you how weird it has been to go so long without wearing scarves, hats, and many layers of clothing.) So until next time, I hope everyone enjoys the end of August!