It was snowing on February 21, 2010 in Santa Fe. We started walking to the plaza and it started snowing even harder. We wanted to check out Tia Sophia’s but it was closed since it was Sunday. Apparently, a lot of things are closed on Sunday in Santa Fe.
We walked to Cafe Pascual and decided to eat there. There was a wait so Ivan put his name on the waiting list. It only took a few minutes to get a table since people left. We ordered a quesadilla and huevos motuleños to share. The food was okay and pricey.
We walked to the Loretto Chapel. It’s $3 for entry. It’s known for the Miraculous Staircase. It was actually features on the tv show Unsolved Mysteries. This staircase was built by a carpenter in 1877.
Apparently, the staircase was made of wood that’s unknown to man. Also, it was built without nails or any central support. Nobody saw how the staircase was created. The story also states that the carpenter disappeared before they could ask him how it was made. The stairs has 33 stairs, the age of Jesus Christ when he died. The railings were added later on and also a support that connects it to the wall. The chapel is pretty inside.
Ivan started driving towards Amarillo, Texas. It was raining or snowing a lot during the beginning of our trip. We made our way to Madrid and made a short stop. We went inside Cowgirl Red. There was a lady who had a place that had lots of weird art. Unfortunately, she was convicted since she couldn’t pay her rent. Two of her art pieces are inside Cowgirl Red.
The art was a motorcycle made out of human bones. It looks pretty cool!
A few years ago, Peter Kay (a comedian in England) remade the song Is this the Way to Amarillo? It was really popular. So, Ivan wanted to stop there because of this song. We did play the song a couple times before arriving in Amarillo.
We stopped at Love’s travel shop. Ivan asked a lady there Is this the way to Amarillo? He thought that either the person would be annoyed since they’ve heard that question a lot or tell him the way. The lady said You’re in Amarillo. He said where’s the town? She said it’s down the highway that way (and she pointed).
We arrived in Amarillo at 8:30 pm. We drove to the Big Texan Hotel. The rooms are set like an old town with colorful buildings.
We wanted to eat at their Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant. Ivan asked the rate at the hotel. The lady said it was $69 plus tax for two people. Ivan somehow talked her down to $50 with tax. That’s a deal!
We went to the Big Texan Steak Ranch. It’s known for the 72 oz. steak meal (with salad, shrimp, 2 rolls and dessert) that’s offered free if you can eat it for under an hour – otherwise you pay $55. There was a guy who was attempting to eat it. You can check out their webcam showing people trying to eat the big steak online. We ordered the 1 lb. catfish dish and a chicken salad to share. It was delicious! We had a friendly waiter named Josh.
It was snowing lightly while we walked back to our room. We watched some television and then went to sleep.