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I spent Labor Day weekend in Sante Fe for the joyous union of my cousin Emily in marriage. In between the three official parties, we did the tourist thing and I took some pictures. Here are a few of my favorites.

Chimayo crosses.

We stopped to take a picture of that house you can see in the background, but I actually like this aster close up better.

If you know me, you know I am not religious, however, there was no shortage of religious paraphernalia on our stops, so get used to it.

Obligatory Southwest cactus shot

Behind this sign, there was a man selling various chili powers. He made me smell all of them, but tricked my dad into trying some. Poor John said he wanted a beer, but we were in god’s country, so there was none to be found.

Speaking of god, this is Chimayo, home of Holy Dirt (actually just dirt in a hole that is supposed to heal the sick etc.) I assume they bought it at Home Depot.

Another angle on Chimayo temple

Shade was a good find, but overall, the sunny weather was very pleasant for a few days.

We ended up at some weird outdoor gallery full of $20,000 sculptures. This giraffe was pretty cool.

On the way back to Albuquerque, we stopped at a petting zoo. The goats liked me (it may have been the $2 worth of food, though)

Jared is NOT boozing in this photo. That is soda.

Old town Sante Fe.

There was surprisingly little graffiti on all the blank taupe canvases of Sante Fe. However, these people were clearly starting a “totally rad revolution.”

Jesus is watching.

Kicking Ass Ranch

Lake Santa Cruz

This staircase at the Lorette chapel is a marvel or engineering and believed to be built by St. Joseph himself. We paid $3 each to look at it.

Cerillos, NM.

This guy came to Chimayo to get healed. Looks like it didn’t work.

Hotel roses.

Self portrait.


Vigil store.

Old town theater.


Cerillos, NM