Lee asked if we wanted to dinner together and we went to one of their favorite Mexican restaurants - Andele. I had the all meat burrito that was out of this world. Main treat was their green chili they put over their items. A big hit. When we got home we sat around the fire pit and talked, had a few drinks and looked at each other's pictures. We had a wonderful stay with Lee and Emily, they are some of the best folks we've met in our travels.
Lee & Emily's beautiful home
Las Cruces, NM
View of mountains from neighborhood
Lee, John and Captain Morgan
Mixing up cocktails
Out by fire pit
Beautiful Emily, one of the sweetest gals I've met
Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. The history is fascinating with such strong ties to native Americans and Mexico and today it still is very multi-cultural.
Thursday - Santa Fe, arrived and met Ann and Jim and their dogs, Chaco and Misa. A huge, beautiful home with lots of windows and views of the mountains that are lovely. I think we will see some great sunsets here. We settled in and dinner was served. We visited for awhile and then it was bed time.
Chaco on left and Misa
Dining room window looking for rabbits
Bark, bark, look what we found
And almost next door was the Loretto Chapel, famous for its mysterious staircase.
The famous staircase mystery
Loretto Chapel, built 1878
Next day, up at 6:45 a.m., housekeeper comes for day at 7:00 a.m. and the dogs eat and go out at 7:00. Jim and Ann took off for Colorado around 8:00 a.m. John and I unpacked the car and set up our computers. We just lazed around and later went to the store to get some food items.
Sunday, up 6:45 to feed the "kids" and let them out. Then back to bed for a little more sleep. This will be our two week routine. Later in the day drove out to the Santa Fe Opera house since many people told us it was quite beautiful. It is a bit out of town and in a beautiful setting. Opened in 1957, it is an outdoor venue. They have an opera season and other events throughout the year.
Outside view of Opera House
Drove through Tesuque Village where there is a foundry and art galleries. Some pretty abode homes, interesting fences and it is quite remote. I think it is sort of a "hip" artist area.
Trees are changing - winter is on the way
On Monday, took a ride along Hyde Park Road to Santa Fe Ski Basin and Hyde Memorial State Park. One of the most beautiful drives ever and a perfect day. I hiked up Waterfall Trail, very uphill, rocky and rough especially when the elevation was about 9,500 feet. The aspens were spectacular with yellow and a bit of orange. We had a little picnic along the way. A day I will never forget and just in case I do I've got probably 100 photos to refresh my memory.
The colors were spectacular
A short, but very uphill and rough trail
I only fell down once
Big hike for tiny waterfall, but
at least some water was coming down
We then took a drive up to Old Fort Marcy Park, built in 1846 when the Americans were at war with Mexico and were worried about the native Mexican people revolting. Also saw the Cross of the Martyrs erected in 1920 to commemorate the Franciscans killed during the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680.
View of all of Santa Fe from the Fort
Wednesday was balloon festival in Albuquerque. Up 3:00 a.m. and had a marvelous day. I did an entire separate blog on that event with many photographs. It was a dream of a lifetime.
A day to remember
Thursday stopped by chocolatier Smith Chocolate and got some white choc bark lemon/lavender It was perfect. John got the dark choc. with chili/pistachio. Cost was out of this world, but a special treat.
Friday, went down Canyon Road and checked out a few galleries. Met some nice women in the gold/silver shop. Other galleries with paintings/sculpture has a few nice things, but some were so crazy the dogs we are taking care of could have created them. I can't understand why "art" that I could paint/make/create can be art and sell starting at $500 - $50,000. Some of the stuff really made me just crack up. The real joke is the people who buy some of this crap. Needed energy boost so stopped at Kakawa for Mexican chocolate drink. Not like our American cocoa, thick, yummy. I had almond/vanilla and John had chili. Got a few candies too. Cost was in outer space, but again special treat.
Tiny cup $3.25
Met for dinner with our friend George. We met him in Cancun two years ago. He suggested Tomasita's on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. The place was SRO, packed. We did get a place at the bar and actually ate there. Best margaritas and the food was worth waiting for. Been in Santa Fe over 45 years. So good, so good. I had 3 tacos with rice and John had 2 tamales and an enchilada with rice and beans. John is going to be eating veggies for 3 days to make up for this dinner. So good to see our friend and we hope we'll have another chance to get together and to also see his wife Alicia.
A good place end for now. So much to write about. I am going to try to write less next blog entry. Santa Fe is a dream city, highly recommended. I have fallen in love with it.