But the trip itself was wonderful. I had never been to Santa Fe and by the time I left on Saturday morning, I was ready to move there.
On the other hand, Lizzie, my protagonist, will be distracted and anxious to get home to Gallagher, Virginia. The disappearance and murder that she has on her mind happened in Gallagher, not Santa Fe. In spite of my own enjoyment of the city, I tried to see it all through Lizzie's eyes.
I also spent some time thinking about what she would actually have the time to see and do on a Thanksgiving visit with her future-in-laws – people she'll be meeting for the first time and who she hopes will like her. But they would suggest that Quinn, Lizzie's fiance, show her around the city. Aside from the question of what would have been open during the Thanksgiving holiday, I also need to know what buildings and businesses were there in November 2004. I read everything I could access before I left, asked questions while I was there, need to dig down and do newspaper research now that I'm back.
Meantime, here are photos from the Santa Fe, November 2012:
|Outside a state building|
|Rotunda dome in capitol with flags on display|
Also in the capitol, wonderful leather furniture
– and an odd sign asking not to put ice in the plants.
|Downtown plaza with Native American artists and artisans |
selling their work to browsing tourists
I need to make sure the trip to Santa Fe is not an interesting but pointless detour on the journey to solving the murder. But now I have been to Canyon Road and I have a model for the art galley that Quinn's half-sister owns. I've seen the neighborhood where she and her family live. I know more about her husband's work as an archeologist. More important I know how a conversation in Santa Fe will lead to the solution to my mystery back in Gallagher.
It was a good trip and a welcome time-out.