Moving North

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Cochiti Lake Campground

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Monday, April 11, 2011

Before we moved on from Albuquerque, we decided to hit the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History which we both really enjoyed. We saw an exhibition by an artist made entirely of over 900 polaroids taken throughout the region, followed by contemporary and modern Native American art. Just as we were making our way through the 400 years of the history of Albuquerque, including a full sized replica of a horse and rider in full armor and original Spanish maps, the fire alarm started sounding and we were herded back through the lobby and outside in a surprisingly efficient manner. We debated whether or not we should wait around for an all clear or just move on but the sirens approaching convinced us that we might be waiting a while. It turned out to be the right decision because as we were sitting in the car parked on an adjacent street, we were nearly blocked in by an engine hooking up to a hydrant and firefighters and police coning off the street. We checked the local news the following day and didn't see any mention of the museum so I assume that the response was to a false alarm.
After a quick lunch in Albuquerque we made our way up to our campsite at Cochiti Lake, about an hour north. It is a beautiful campground, complete with a shade cover over the picnic table, and a solar powered lamppost. I was definitely looking forward to making a fire but because of the occasional gusting winds they were unfortunately not allowed. We were warmly welcomed by a local 5-year-old entrepreneur with a tray full of cream puffs (how can we say no to that?).
Our day north to Santa Fe began with lunch at Tia Sophia's, a Food Network find that is perfectly situated in the Old Town area of Santa Fe. From here we walked a few blocks to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. The church was built in 1886 and is still incomplete. In the picture you'll see the two towers that were originally intended to be topped with 160-foot spires but were never built when funding ran out. I thought they had just adopted the pueblo style of architecture that is everywhere else in Santa Fe but then a local filled us in on the real story. There was lots of friendly conversation with the local artists in the square, selling everything from clay figures and vases to original photography and tons of jewelry.
Our trip to Santa Fe also led us further north to tour a couple of pueblos and see more of the local countryside, and given the blue skies and perfect temperature it was a great way to spend the afternoon. Next we'll be moving on to the true Big Sky Country...
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