March 17-21, 2015
We stayed at the KOA outside of Santa Fe! It was fine as we were so busy we weren’t there often, but it was tight spaces and hard to get into. It rained and snowed while we were there. Santa Fe is at the 7,000′ level, so there was still snow on the mountains surrounding the town. The temps were down in the 20’s again. We were about 5 miles out of the town but didn’t take long to get there. We had wonderful neighbors, Debi and Don from Colorado. They had a propane campfire that we kept warm with, there were no real campfires due to the high winds.
Going into Santa Fe was so much fun, every building is the brown adobe with flat roofs, water spouts that drain the water from rain out the sides into rain barrels. Massive rounded walls and corners, wood surrounding the windows and doors, massive timber beams protruding out the walls from inside that support the roof. Everywhere you looked these Pueblo style homes dotted the hillsides but due to their one story architecture they blended in with the low growing trees and the color of the ground or vegetation. Sometimes you would find a home that has painted the wood a wonderful bright color, teal, blue, yellow. Pueblo style homes were once made with sun dried adobe mud and grass or hay, but today cement blocks are used and covered in the adobe mud.
Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico, and joined the U.S. in 1912. Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish. Santa Fe is the second oldest town in the U.S., founded in 1607 by the Spanish. It is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Some of the peaks around Santa Fe are as high as 12,000 feet. There is an average of 300 days each year of sunshine, there is an average of 14″ of rain a year. It can snow as early as October and as late as May with 30-34″ of snow!! There are 60,000 people live and work. There are 57,000 hotel rooms, 200 restaurants, 250 art galleries, 50 Indian jewelry shops, 13 major museums and one world famous opera!!
Now you know where we spent the kids in hesitance!! We went shopping, we didn’t look for things for a house or for grandkids! We found things we wanted, like new boots at the Lucchese boot store, and a new belt for Guy with an amazing silver buckle, a new Denim Lapis Necklace for me!!
Then we were walking by the Hat Store an walked in just for fun….lol….new hat for Guy and for me!!
Random pictures around Santa Fe. The city center is a hub of activity with stores around a park in the center. Everyone seems to gravitate there with ice cream, coffee or snacks.
Thanks for following us thru Santa Fe!! Stay tuned for “The Rovers” trip to Bandelier National Monument! Hugs to all!! The Rovers