Sun, August 15
We arrived in Santa Fe, one of our favorite cities to visit. Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza. The surrounding historic district’s crooked streets wind past adobe landmarks such as the Loretto Chapel and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. We set up camp at the Trailer Ranch RV Resort not too far from the Santa Fe Plaza.
On Tuesday, we picked up Wyatt and Magdalen (Marcy’s son and his girlfriend) at the Albuquerque airport. They will join us in exploring the area.
When we were in Santa Fe”>two years ago we discovered Meow Wolf and it has become a goto whenever we are in the area. We told Wyatt and Magdalen about this and they were anxious to it check out. Meow Wolf’s website states, “Meow Wolf is comprised of over 200 full-time employees and hundreds of other collaborators, creating and supporting art across a variety of media, including architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, video production, cross-reality (AR/VR/MR), music, audio engineering, narrative writing, costuming, performance, and more.”
Meow Wolf Slide Show
On Thursday, we jumped on I25 South to take the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. We hopped on the tram and ascended to the submit of one of America’s most stunning urban peaks. Reaching the 10,378-foot crest of the Sandia Mountains we had a view of 11,000 square miles. On our visit the view was a little hazy but beautiful to say the least.
After our Tram ride we visited the The Kuaua Pueblo Ruins and the Coronado Historic Site. This website states, “When the archaeological team excavated the Kuaua Ruins in the 1930s, they uncovered more than 1,200 adobe rooms, three ceremonial rooms, and six kivas. Several of the kivas contained a series of murals that many revere today as some of the best examples of Pre-Columbian artwork in the United States. Kuaua religious murals flourished throughout the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, reflecting religious and cosmological iconography such as references to rain, rainbows, clouds, lightning, and ritual figures engaging in rain-making rituals.”
We took a tour and learned about the Pueblo people. We descended into a restored kiva.
Friday saw us in “old” Santa Fe. Our target tour of the day was not operating due to the 99th Annual Indian Market scheduled for the weekend. The tour operator’s website said they would only be closed on the weekend, however they were also closed Friday as Well. Not deterred we walked the streets of the town, did a bit of shopping and had a great lunch at a recommended Mexican Restaurant, Tomasita’s. After we drove around and did a bit of sight-seeing.
Saturday, after breakfast at the Pantry we trekked down to the Albuquerque International Airport to drop Wyatt and Magdalen off to catch there flight back to SeaTac.
That evening we joined some “friends” at a hogan located at the Institute of American Indian Arts Campus (IAIA) to hear the story of a member of a local tribe who is a descendent of a medicine woman.
Sunday we began our eastbound loop toward Amarillo, TX.