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Sep 29, 2016 - Capitol and Cristo Rey

The Palace of the Governors that was built in 1609 is the oldest capitol. We toured the state capitol and I got my book stamped. This is a very modern capitol building completed in 1966. The building itself forms the Zia sun symbol, important to the Zia Pueblo. It points in 4 directions - the 4 directions on earth, the 4 seasons, 4 times during the day (sunrise, noon, evening & night) and life's 4 divisions (childhood, youth, adulthood and old age). The center dome skylight represents a Indian basket weave. The art foundation supplies local...

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Sep 27, 2016 - Albuquerque and tourquoise trail

Today we drove the Tourquoise Trail (hwy 14 south) through some deep canyons to get to Albuquerque. We stopped at Madrid which is where Wild Hogs was filmed and it's a hippy, biker type of a place. We should have turned off at a sign for a tourquoise mine but missed it. There was a coal mine "museum" that was attached to a bar, we chose not to see it. Then we checked out the Famcamp at the airbase - it doesn't take reservations but has good sites in the newer section with no trees, would have to get there outside of balloon fiesta time. We...

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Sep 26, 2016 - Los Alamos and Bandelier canyon

We drove a scenic route to Los Alamos, it is among many mesas that were occupied by various Indian tribes at one time, they used the top for ceremonial purposes and as lookouts and often lived down below in the canyons. Los Alamos museum is being renovated and was in a temporary location that was very cramped, we did see a video about the Manhattan Project and what took place here. We then took the walking tour into Fuller Lodge that was the dining hall built in 1928 for the Ranch Boys school. It is made up of 771 pine logs and was also...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Santa Fe tram tour

The RV park is on a hill and one can see adobe style buildings on the hillside, they really look natural there and I'm starting to understand why everything should be adobe style. There is a condo just south of the RV park and all the buildings are square and tan. Then there is a new housing development on the opposite side that has shingle roofs, somehow doesn't look right. Yesterday we drove into some of Santa Fe and it was a maze. There is an old train station that we visited and a farmers market held near it - it was over by the time we...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Pecos

We had a good drive yesterday, it was windy out of Colorado Springs but not as bad as predicted. As we drove into New Mexico we saw some interesting places and the road that goes to Taos - that's for another time. We didn't get diesel at lunch as I assumed there would be plenty of places before Santa Fe. Not so, we got closer and there were no stations in the truck book expect for 20 mile south - took an exit to find diesel in the town and got into a major traffic jam on the interstate where construction is underway. Called the campground...

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Sep 22, 2016 - A rest day

We are staying at the Roadrunner RV Park in Pajoaque, New Mexico, 15 north of Santa Fe. Good Sam park, under $30 per night with big sites. We got set up and headed over to the local supermarket. There was a huge black cloud overhead and just after getting back to the rig, it started to rain and the wind blew. It was much cooler here so we had the AC off and the windows and door open. I was putting the next stop in the GPS and all of a sudden I was getting wet. The rain was being blown in the door and the window. A little scrambling and...

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Sep 20, 2016 - Santa Fe

The rest of the people on the rally stayed in Cortez when we were in Durango in order to visit Mesa Verde in the morning. We visited the park recently and were an hour's driving ahead so had plenty of time to do a little shopping in Durango, eat brunch and continue on country roads to Santa Fe. This was a day of pretty valleys, pastureland, interesting rocks and mountains. We stopped for apple pie and ice cream but otherwise made good progress to Santa Fe where we had a walk round the town while the sun was still out and dinner in a...

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Aug 8, 2016 - Trailer Ranch RV Resort (8/1 - 8/5/16)

We made our way to Santa Fe. This RV park is on the main road that runs through Santa Fe. Just out by the street is a bus stop. For seniors the bus fare is $1.00 all day. There is also a free shuttle. We were so convenient to everything we needed. There was a Walmart only .7 miles up the road and a Walgreens just .6 miles (both of which I used). This RV park is also a 55+ community. It has a community room, a lending library, very nice laundry, sells propane (we filled up before we left). We were in site T-10. All the sites have concrete...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Bandilier National Monument & More

(Note: Click on "View all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge photo to the size of your screen, then click on "Slideshow, 5 sec." to automatically advance photos). Will Rogers once said, "Whoever designed the streets of Santa Fe, NM must have been drunk and riding backwards on a mule!" I have to agree with him, the streets are very confusing to navigate, plus they're narrow. Sunday, August 7, 2016 - Our group, Don & Sue, Suzette, Tommy & I visited the Bandelier National Monument located in Santa Fe, NM. The weather was...

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Aug 6, 2016 - More fun in Santa Fe, NM

(Note: Click on "View all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge to size of you screen; click on "Slideshow, 5 sec." to automatically advance photos). Saturday, August 6, 2016 - We're still visiting and touring Santa Fe with our friends, Suzette, Don and Sue. As we formulate our daily plan, we always set 10:00 a.m. for beginning our day to give everyone time to eat a good breakfast and take care of any personal chores or business. Today, we drove into Santa Fe, parked in the underground garage on Washington St., boarded...

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Aug 5, 2016 - A Day in Santa Fe

(Note: Click on "View all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge to size of your screen, Click on "Slideshow", then 5 sec. and photos will automatically advance). Friday, August 5, 2016 - Don, Sue, Suzette, Tommy and I spent the entire day in downtown Santa Fe exploring the city. We decided to take one of the narrated bus tours to get an overview of the whole city and I'm glad we did. Our guide had an excellent knowledge of the history of Santa Fe, as well as a good sense of humor. The tour was about an hour and a half...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Santa Fe, NM, Here we come!

(Note: Click on "View all photos", then click on the first photo to enlarge to size of your screen, click on "Slideshow, then click 5 sec." to automatically advance photos). Thursday, August 4, 2016 - We left Albuquerque area and drove to Santa Fe, NM this morning. We formed a convoy of three coaches, Don was in the lead, Suzette was in the middle and Tommy and I brought up the rear. It was a short trip to Santa Fe and we all arrived at Santa Fe Skies RV Park, 14 Browncastle Ranch where we had reservations, registered and settled into our...

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