Today was the travel day from Albuquerque to Taos. It started off, however with a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel.
After that, I just had to wait around for the shuttle to come pick me up. They were a bit delayed as there was another person they were picking up who’s flight had been delayed. But everything worked out and we journeyed on. I’ve included a picture of the hills as we were getting out of Albuquerque.
We picked up another passenger in Santa Fe and then myself and one of the other passengers needed to swap vehicles in Espanola. It was a bit of a juggle, but it went pretty smoothly.
It was cool out, not cold, just cool. I was pretty warm with my jacket and sweater on yesterday so I decided to forgo the sweater today, which was a good idea. I think it was 68F (~19C) when we arrived in Taos, with a slight breeze. The only snow I could see were at the top of some mountains.
I checked into the B&B I was staying at. They have their own resident peacock, who apparently is going into mating season so he can be a bit *extra* friendly, if you get to close. I managed to avoid any awkward situations.
Then it was time to tackle my phone issues. See, I removed my SIM card and put it in Kat’s (my wife) phone so she would retain the service while I’m away. But that leaves me with no phone while I’m away.
So the plan was to get a local SIM for down here and then just get a prepaid plan for the month. Well, it’s Sunday and we’re in a small town. The wife of the couple who own and run the B&B where I’m staying was gracious enough to take me down to Wal-mart to see if we could get a SIM. Alas, Wal-mart does not carry such a thing, they only have various plan options.
It turns out there was a Verizon store in town, and it was open on Sundays. Unfortunately, it closed at 3pm and we only got there at ten after four. So, I’m still without phone service. Which made contacting my fellow academy members a bit difficult.
I started with an email, as the B&B has free wifi and I knew my contact had a smart phone. I waited a while for a reply and then I had a funky idea. My laptop has quite the number of bells and whistles, including a built-in web cam and I wondered if it had a built-in mic. Well, in fact it does, but it’s not labeled very well, which is why I missed it before.
Armed with this new knowledge, I booted up my trusty internet calling app and called Steve (my contact). The call wasn’t the best quality (I was sitting outside) but we made it work. Plans were arranged for a pickup and dinner.
At 19:30 we all got ferried over to a local place called the Adobe Bar. It had some live entertainment and I got to meet six of my fellow academy attendees. Guess what we talked about? You got it! Earthships 😛
I had this really funky rabbit and rattlesnake sausage dinner, with cabbage, potatoes and greens. It tasted pretty awesome too. I took a picture of it, but unfortunately, it came out all blurry so there is no point in posting it.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow is our first day: orientation. Woohoo!!