Anne & Tom's Southwest Adventure travel blog

From the top

Parked at Sandia Peak 10,500 ft high

Snow on the stairs to the peak

Along the Turquoise Trail

Old engine at the Coal Mine Museum

Museum was closed!

At Rancheros Campground

Along the hike at the campground

Historic Loretto Church

The altar

A window

The famous stairs - built by a carpenter who came and went...

Hotel at the end of the Trail

This is it

Vendors at the Palace of the Governors

It was cold

Anne found Joseph's work to be irresistible

Joseph created some unique jewelery

What a beautiful array

Lunch at the French Pastry Shop

Museum of Modern Art

Georgia O'Keefe Museum - we loved it!

Pendant from Joseph.


We crossed the state line on Wednesday and cheered, "We're here!" This was a horribly windy drive. Stayed at a nice KOA in Albuquerque and went to the grocery store and did laundry.

Next day, we drove up the "Turquoise Trail" to Santa Fe - the drive up Sandia Peak was fun and beautiful, but by the time we got to the top at 10,500 ft, Anne was suffering from the altitude. Tom got a few pictures by climbing up a snowy set of steps. We went back down and continued north - depressed-looking area and not much open. The coal mining museum was closed. So we were disappointed and arrived at our campground outside of Santa Fe. Tom took a hike around the campground and was winded after the mile.

Friday has been spectacular. We drove into Santa Fe and toured the "miraculous" Loretto Chapel, the Palace of the Governors (aka Museum of New Mexico), bought some wonderful inlay jewelry from a man on the Plaza from Santo Domingo Pueblo, ate lunch at the French Pastry Shop, and toured the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. That museum was amazing - we both loved it! But the Santa Fe Railroad Depot was a regular modern RR station, so Tom, expecting historic trains, was disappointed there. Back at the RV we were still full from lunch, so we had a great dinner of shrimp cocktail prepared by Tom.

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