SFT: five years of sharing Santa Fe Travel information

Today is our fifth birthday. Today, Santa Fe Travelers celebrates five years of sharing Santa Fe travel information with our readers. We went live on December 3, 2019. It was an unplanned birth until a month before. We’d never thought of sharing our Santa Fe knowledge and experiences in a blog.

The back story

I had been a print journalist in the early years of the new millennium. I wrote for several Northern Colorado magazines. It was a career started by accident; I found I loved it. When we moved to Santa Fe, we were busy with other things; my fledgling career was abandoned.

Puye Cliffs, just one of the places you'll discover in Santa Fe Traveler's Santa Fe travel information photo Steve Collins

Puye Cliffs on the Santa Clara Pueblo, photo/Steve Collins

When we started our travel-planning business, I started writing about Santa Fe for Examiner.com. I wanted to share my Santa Fe expertise and perhaps attract a client or two. That went on for a bit over a year and then one day in November 2010 I attempted to log into my writer’s account and discovered that they had changed the terms of service. The short story — they weren’t in the writers’ favor. Signing into the account was an automatic consent to be agreeing to these new somewhat Draconian terms. My online writing career had come to an abrupt end, or had it?

I was really enjoying myself and so Santa Fe Travelers was born. Steve, who had been my official Examiner.com photographer joined me in this new endeavor. We’re a good team! Feeling that I had to keep my momentum going we gave ourselves a very short window to get this going. We wanted to go live at the beginning of December. A tech savvy friend offered to help us get the site off the ground. Santa Fe Travelers was off and running. We started at the beginning with Why We Live in Santa Fe.

Putting it all together

Stuffed Sopapilla at Rancho de Chimayo one of the places you'll discover in Santa Fe Traveler's Santa Fe travel information photo Steve Collins

Stuffed Sopapilla at Rancho de Chimayo, photo/Steve Collins

We knew we wanted to write about Santa Fe; it’s history, its culture, its food as well as our travels around Northern New Mexico and beyond. The great thing about running your own blog is you can write about what you want and do it your way. We have stayed with our original categories: Santa Fe, Food Thoughts, Tidbits, Photo of the Week, and Our Travels. They reflect what we’re passionate about.

We decided to keep it upbeat. People sometimes comment that we say good things about places. We do. If we don’t like a place, we don’t write about it. We’re telling our readers the things we think they may enjoy because we did, not the things they should stay away from. It works for us.

Looking back at 2015

The Pacific Ocean at La Jolla CA photo Steve Collins

The La Jolla surf in the evening, photo Billie Frank

We started 2015 with a January trip to Southern California followed by a visit to Grand Canyon via the historic Grand Canyon Railway at the end of February.

View from Grand Canyon South Rim after snow

Grand Canyon is mystical after it snows, photo/Steve Collins

We were on a roll. Our biggest journey was an eight week road trip to visit our son and his family in Marietta, Ohio. The highlight: taking time to follow Historic Route 66. We love the history and the mid-century kitsch that defines the “Mother Road.” It was a fun journey.

Vintage gas station on historic Route 66's short 11-mile stretch through Kansas photo Steve Collins

Restored vintage gas station on historic Route 66’s short 11-mile stretch through Kansas photo/Steve Collins

In Ohio, we explored winding country roads, taking photos of colonial and Victorian era homes, old barns and covered bridges. Spring had arrived and we got to enjoy lush rides through the treed hills of the Ohio River Valley. It reminded us of New York’s Hudson Valley where we lived for years and nearby New England. Living in Northern New Mexico we sometimes miss the lushness of the northeast.

Ohio has lots of covered bridges, photo Steve Collins

Ohio has lots of covered bridges, photo Steve Collins

After a busy Santa Fe summer, we enjoyed a 12-day Arizona road trip in October. We wanted to travel the Arizona portion of Historic Route 66 from Flagstaff to the California border, visit my college roommate in Phoenix and finally get to Tucson. It was a great trip!

At the Hackberry General Store on Arizona Rte 66, photo Steve Collins

At the Hackberry General Store on Arizona Rte 66, photo Steve Collins

What’s ahead?

Steve and I aren’t planners. We often fly by the seat of our pants. At the moment, 2016 is a blank slate waiting to be filled in. We’ll take you along on whatever adventures we have. Of course, our main focus will continue to be sharing Santa Fe travel information with our readers.

Thank you dear readers for following our journey. We’ve loved sharing our Santa Fe travel information, trips, food experiences, recipes and the rest with you. Thanks for all of your support over the last five years. We really appreciate it.

Want more Santa Fe travel information? You can also follow Santa Fe Travelers on Twitter. Steve is @SFTravelerSteve and I’m @santafetraveler or like our Facebook page.

And as any five-year-old, we love it when someone sings Happy Birthday, so here goes:

Stay with us for our sixth year where we’ll have

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4 Responses to “SFT: five years of sharing Santa Fe Travel information”

  1. Gil Garduno
    December 3, 2019 at 9:54 am #

    Happy Birthday and Hearty Congratulations. Santa Fe Travelers is not only an invaluable resource, but is genuinely enjoyable to peruse through. It’s obvious this blog is a labor of love for you. Here’s to another fifty years of highest quality Santa Fe Travelers content.
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    • Billie Frank
      December 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words Gil! It is very much a labor of love.

  2. The Guy Who Flies
    December 5, 2019 at 4:43 am #

    Many congratulations on your first 5 years. It is quite an achievement to keep a website going for so long. However with the detail and great information you provide I’m sure we can look forward to many more wonderful years of you blogging.

    Best wishes to you both and Merry Christmas too.
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    • Billie Frank
      December 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words. We hope so!

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