Santa Fe/ Art Galleries/Sculptures/Museums
Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
102Trip End Jun 30, 2013
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***To my quilter friends especially Fran and Linda, I posted pictures of 9 or more quilts taken at the display at the State House. Even George was so impressed because they just did not look like quilts. Amazing!
We left Cochita Lakes Recreational Area and decided to drive up the road through the pueblo and then to their golf course. Some of the other campers told us that we should at least see it. So we did and you should see the golf course. You are driving along looking at dry land with scrub brush and all of a sudden you are driving by a valley with green trees where there is a golf course that continues on into the valley. It was stunning and after researching it, George found out that it is a championship course owned by the Indians, reasonable but considered one of the top courses in the country
We got back on interstate 25 and headed north to Santa Fe. Checked into our campground that I reviewed below and then took the bus to the downtown Plaza. This is a capitol city like no other – traffic not bad, friendly people, the downtown area is Adobe stores, shops, museums, churches and lots of art galleries. What a great place to visit! We visited some missions and the capitol. The capitol building does not have a dome but it is modern and very well laid out and a visitor can walk in without going through security and visit every floor on their own. Art from all over New Mexico is displayed and there was a special exhibit right now on quilts from the state. I liked this state house. We even reached the Governor’s Office with the Governor in it. The building is designed in the shape of the state official emblem, the Zia Sun Symbol.
Toured the San Miguel Mission church, the New Mexico History Museum, Palace of the Governors, the oldest house in the US (I thought St. Augustine in Florida had the oldest house – it is the oldest city and Santa Fe is second oldest). We enjoyed walking around with the Indian Marketplace, flowers, venders and outside restaurants. Walked Canyon Road where there are of Art Galleries and Sculpture Gardens
On Wednesday, we visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum where her best known works and half of all her paintings of the New Mexico’s landscape stark beauty are displayed. Her paintings, drawings and sculptures over seven decades are here. Her two homes are north of here and can be visited by making an appointment. Ghost Ranch is said to be beautiful. We were lucky to listen to a guide about her life and the meaning of her paintings. It took us the rest of the day to go through the New Mexico Museum of History and the Palace of the Governors. George was thrilled because they had a special exhibit about the cowboy influence in New Mexico. It was interesting.
There is so much to see and do in Santa Fe and the surrounding countryside
We did notice on the bus an advertisement for all children ages 1-18 to register for free lunches for the whole summer since school let out last week. The school department is providing it. I know half the schools in Santa Fe are Indian Schools and the government pays for everything, so they must just open it up for all the kids. Times have changed! New Mexico is losing it’s population like RI but NM is losing it’s young and educated while RI is losing it’s seniors.
Glad we stopped in Santa Fe and will be heading north tomorrow.
May 28 & 29, Tuesday and Wednesday – Los Suenos De Santa Fe RV Park, Santa Fe, NM
This campground is located right on Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe so you can take the city bus ($1.00 senior pass for riding the bus all day) in front of the park right down to the Plaza