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Jul 24, 2016 - A One Hour Drive to Santa Fe

This morning, I drove down the road less than a mile, to the Love’s station, to fuel the truck and purchase some breakfast to take back to the RV. We had planned to leave at 9:00 for the short one hour drive to Santa Fe, where we had reservations at Santa Fe Skies RV Park. Eddie & Jan stopped by to tell us that they were going to the Love’s station also, to pick up some breakfast, and would see us on the road. Marilyn & I pulled out of our RV Park at 8:35 and when we stopped at the first light, Eddie & Jan were just across the street,...

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Jul 6, 2016 - On to Santa Fe

After the wind stopped howling, we had a quiet night. We pulled out and headed for Santa Fe. It was a relatively easy drive and we've arrived at Santa Fe Skies RV Park. I don't think we got away from the wind though. Late afternoon, a gust came through and the neighbor lady said they call them 'gustnados'. It is extremely dusty and oh, we didn't get away from the heat either; it's really hot here.

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Summer 2016 & Beyond

Jun 14, 2016 - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR

On Monday, we took a little side trip to Chama, NM to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR train from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM. It is 64 mile ride through the mountains on a narrow gauge track. The locomotive is a coal fired steam locomotive. This historic train ride is on one of America's longest and highest railroads. It is designated both a State and National Historic Site and a National Civil Engineering Landmark. We decided to drive to Chama and then take a bus to Antonito and ride the train back. It was an all day affair on a...

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Jun 3, 2016 - Petroglyph National Monument

This national monument is in urban Albuquerque and is surrounded by housing and commercial developments. It now protects over 24,000 images pecked in stone by ancient people. Archeologists estimate that most images are 400 to 700 years old although some may be 2,000 to 3,000 years old. No one knows what the images mean or why they were made here in this steep and rocky terrain, but one theory is that this was a migration and commerce path and that images were left to identify who passed through. As so many of the national monuments in this...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

May 31, 2016 - Bandelier National Monument

This national monument protects the ruins of pueblos and cave dwellings of the hunter/gatherers (known as the Ancestral Pueblo People) that lived in the area between the 1200s and 1500s. Archeological surveys show that over 3,000 sites exist in Bandelier but all were not inhabited at the same time. For generations, these people lived in small, scattered settlements of one or two families. Over 250 years, the villages became fewer and larger, some with over 600 rooms (like today’s apartment buildings). By the mid-1500s, the people had moved...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

May 30, 2016 - Taos and Rio Grande Gorge

Our next trip was to Taos, New Mexico’s premier ski resort. We had always heard that it was not a place for beginners…..even without snow you could see that was true. The mountains there seem to go straight up and from the base you could not see any beginner slopes. Taos is like many small ski towns, with lots restaurants and bars and art shops. It’s interesting that a lot of small ski towns attract artsy type people in the summer. Next stop was the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge which sits 564’ above the Rio Grande River. It was an awesome site....

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Rocky Mountain Trip

May 28, 2016 - Pecos NHP and Fort Union

Well, we made it to Santa Fe......the one thing we have learned about New Mexico is that the wind never stops blowing and usually around 20 MPH. Steph has a full slate for our 10 day stay - she did give me the first day to get my bearings. On day 2, we headed north to the Pecos National Historical Park and Fort Union National Monument. The landscape in New Mexico is just breath taking - seems no matter where you are, there is always a mountain range and canyons in site with awesome vistas. Although it is completely different from Alaska, it...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

May 27, 2016 - Santa Fe

Spent a lovely day wandering around old town Santa Fe. Went through a museum in the former Governor's Palace, & learned about the Spanish influence here, visited the Basilica of St. Francis & the oldest church in the US. Walked a little on the old Santa Fe Trail, and found a brewery overlooking the square for lunch! Very different from anything back East! Every day I forget to tell about time zones....having trouble remembering what time it is back East! Kelly often calls on her way home from work....so one time when she called, I said, oh,...

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May 15, 2016 - Santa Fe

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico and is the fourth-largest city in the state. This area was occupied for at least several hundred years by indigenous peoples who built villages. The city of Santa Fe, founded by Spanish colonists in 1610, is known as the oldest state capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico. Santa Fe (meaning "holy faith" in Spanish) had a population of 69,204 in 2012. When the Republic of Texas seceded from Mexico in 1836, it claimed Santa Fe as part of the western portion of Texas along the...

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2016 RV Adventure

May 5, 2016 - Santa Fe, NM

We camped at Trailer Ranch RV Park – 505-471-9970 – Great location & campground 5/6 - 5/7 – 5/8 – 5/9 - 5/10 – 5/11 - Downtown Santa Fe Shuttle – then Loretto Chapel, Spiritual staircase beautiful - San Miguel Chapel & Mission, beautiful –Tesuque Flee Market, not worth it – Cathedral Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi, beautiful – Santa Fe Bites Restaurant, 10 oz green chili burger really good – Tomasita Restaurant, Great food (Margarita with swirl of Sangria & Sopapillios (bread) – Taos (day trip) Earthship Biotecture (strange looking...

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Westward Ho

May 1, 2016 - Santa Fe & Taos, NM

This is day 5 for us here in Santa Fe, the weather has been severely cold, merely cold, warmish, warmer and today, warmest! The high dry desert air dries out hands, lips, nasal passages and the static electricity/wind produces fly away hair akin to Bernie Sanders. Spanish colonial outposts were built to to defend against as well as intimidate the native people. A central open plaza surrounded on all sides by two story buildings and mission compounds conveyed the Spanish were ready and able to defend themselves. Spain required outposts to...

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Spring Trip 2016

Apr 3, 2016 - Santa Fe!

Today we went to downtown Santa Fe to check out the sights. This town is a cross between very old and very progressive. We saw lots of interesting things including the oldest church, oldest house and oldest Mary Mother statue in the USA. We also saw lots and lots of fine art, and Native American handcrafts. We had the best chili cheeseburgers ever, paired with some really good margaritas. We even sampled some actual New Mexican wines! After a full day downtown, we had a delicious New Mexican style dinner. Would definitely recommend a visit...

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