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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe September 18th 2015

Just wanted to add another pic taken today and the "Singing Hwy" video. I attached them to tonight's blog, but they didn't attach. Not sure why. Maybe I'm attaching too many pics at one time. Les just noticed that they have disabled the ability to add a video to the blog. So I'll have to save that video for the time that it is again enabled.... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe September 9th 2015

Wednesday we had to be at the boat yard by noon then the owner called and said 11:45. We were slow to leave camp but had time to run to the plaza to view the Loretto Chapel. This is no longer an active church but it's history is amazing. The staircase is the big attraction. The church was also very pretty and beautiful stained glass - love this. $3 entry free for all day. Walked back to the car - these bronze pieces were at a gallery and so pretty. Found our way into the park from yesterday for a quick sandwich. Off to river rafting. Signed our lives away on the waiver then loaded up. Our guide was Joe and safety person Katy. I think the waiver is more for the drive up and ... read more
Art Gallery in Plaza
David & Joe
Loretto Chapel

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe September 8th 2015

Got up and made some breakfast on the camp stove. Then off the to the nice hot shower. The KOA also had a dishwashing station with instant hot water and everything needed. Awesome. Then decided first thing wanted to see the petraglyphs. This was way out in the booneys past the airport. Benefit to this no one else around at all. I misread the website that said easy 5 to 10 minute walk. On second look that is to the base of the cliffs LOL. But I really wanted to see them so I climbed with my trusty walking stick. It was a very difficult climb - lots of loose rock. But we made it and the petraglyphs were amazing and work all the effort. A big challenge for me! Next we went down the ... read more
Camel Rock
The Climb

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe September 7th 2015

We left out late on Labor Day about 7am. We took a bit different route west this time - 20 to Sweetwater then NW on 84 into New Mexico. This let me see a part of West Texas I haven't seen in a while & a part of New Mexico I haven't seen. Arrived at campground KOA about 6pm their time gained an hour. Beautiful and highly recommended campground. The hosts were very nice. Clean & newly remodeled bathhouse with instant hot water. We didn't check it out but they had a good size barn that was a game room over on the other side of the property. Two or three common areas. One up by the office with a grill and lots of patio furniture to hang out and talk. Very dog friendly camp. Campsite ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe September 7th 2015

After setting up camp we headed up northbound to find some dinner then go have a bit of fun. Didn't find anything along the way. Ended up at Buffalo Thunder Casino Resort. It's a huge property and had lot's of dinner choices. We decided to eat at Iguana Cafe. Nice but not overdone. Very good New Mexican food. They do not just send out every table the same chips / salsa / guacamole. They have a made to order bar - we got just salsa. The young man doing this had my husband taste test till just right. Very hot but very tasty. My husband David had chicken with mole sauce - he liked it but said a bit too much chocolate for him. I had pork tamales with red chile sauce - pork was super ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe August 18th 2015

On my first trip to Santa Fe in 1974, I was introduced to the International Museum of Folk Art. This was in late August or early September. I had just returned from spending the summer on a shoestring in Europe and had the privilege of visiting many fine museums – the National Museum in London, the Louvre & the Musee de Orsay in Paris , the Hermitage in Leningrad and the Glyptotek in Copenhagen were my favorites. But after all of that - when I started to wander through the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, my heart sang. It was a magnificent collection that was assembled largely by one couple, the Girards. Alexander Girard was a major designer and he essentially developed ‘brand looks’ for companies like Braniff Airlines and other companies too large to ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe August 15th 2015

My husband fell in love with another woman today – her name is Santa Fe. I expected it to happen, I wanted it to happen, but I didn’t realize how hard he would fall. A one or maybe two day stay became a three, close to four day stay. In that time we didn’t cover a small part of the total of Santa Fe. Day one was shortened by our messing around in a store in Albuquerque – let’s just say that a WalMart at the intersection of two interstates is an experience to behold. It must have covered four acres and had more stuff that we don’t need than I could ever imagine. The best part of the day was the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. A small, gem of a museum devoted to Ms. O’Keefe and ... read more

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe July 23rd 2015

Fu King Smoke Shop. I can't make this stuff up - that was the name of the smoke/hookah shop on Route 66 next to the El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, NM. Probably not as vintage route 66 as other establishments, but still - great photo op and jokes a plenty! (For my brother, Jef and my son, Will - in the same vein as the Damn Dam) First, our start of the day selfie. We want it with one of the many elk heads posted around the lobby of the El Rancho Hotel, but they all were too high and Kathi and I are notoriously horrible selfie takers. We tried the stairs but still couldn't fit in the elk. Kathi kept telling me to jump on 3 and we'll take the picture then. Or, I have ... read more
Gallup NM
With the Elk heads at El Rancho Hotel
Gallup NM gas

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe June 1st 2015

Geo: 35.6915, -105.937Got back to Santa Fe in May and enjoyed some of the wonderful weather that time of year. We enjoyed our bicycles and exercise class and all the beautiful flowers that were everywhere. Were going to stay there until time to return to Austin area but Grand Tetons and Yellowstone were calling us so off we went on a new adventure. We also had the excuse of Robert's birthday and what better place to celebrate than Jackson Hole?We were pretty much packed up and ready and set off fairly early for Greater Yellowstone area. Made it as far as Steamboat Springs and were glad there was a place for us in the KOA at the edge of town. We did get to see some antelope on the high plains as we headed toward Steamboat ... read more
Springtime Santa Fe
Springtime Santa Fe
Springtime Santa Fe

The days, they do get longer. Today was about wide open spaces, those incredibly long stretches between instances of human influence where just for a little while you can phase out the asphalt and get a glimpse of what this gorgeous country looked like just 100 years ago. I mean let's be honest; in the grand scheme of things, 100 years is an eye-blink. Sure, the human condition has improved (at least in this country, as in most "modern" societies) more dramatically in the last century than in any 5 prior centuries combined, but this blog post - and by and large, this trip - isn't about the human condition. So much of what we're seeing out here denies humanity's effect on the world - vistas that for lack of an elongated ribbon of macadam would ... read more
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