Santa Fe/ Art Galleries/Sculptures/Museums

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Jun 30, 2013

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday & Wednesday 28, May 28 & 29

    ***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.  You just don't expect to find that out here.

    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.  Canyon Road is a very narrow one way road with galleries, restaurants and great sculptures displayed.  We were lucky we hopped the white shuttle called Santa Fe pickup right from the Plazza.  It is free and he dropped us off at the top of Canyon Road so that we only had to walk downhill for a mile.  I posted a lot of the sculptures – I think when we get home George and I might start to shop at some sculpture gardens.  I don’t think we are going to find the amazing ones that Santa Fe has.  Santa Fe has close to 300 art galleries and sculpture gardens just in their downtown and Canyon Road area.

      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. pueblos, scenic byways, ski areas, missions and churches, wineries, museums and the State Capitol complex.  Santa Fe has so many museums that there is even a museum bus for 50 cents it will take you to all the museums for drop off and pick up.  So many of the museums are highly rated as "gems" by AAA.  We could not go to all and one we missed was the highly rated Museum of New Mexico Folk Art maybe next time we are in the area.

  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.  Then you can walk around and visit this historic district and even walk over to the capitol which has exhibits that are very interesting.  Everyone on the bus was very helpful and many seem to know each other.  When anyone got off the majority thanked the driver, I have never seen that before.  The campground is near a bike trail and if you follow the GPS it gets you to it, but look closely or you might miss the entrance like we did.  The park has full hookups, some pull -throughs, a pool, laundry and clean bath house.  Check in was easy and they give you information about what to see and do and information on the bus schedule.  We arrived on a Tuesday so the park at this time of year was not full but most weekends they are.  Reservations are advised and the name of this park has changed since we made our reservations.  It used to be Los Campos Santa Fe so the new owner has owned it for a little over a year.  Great place to stay but you are paying for location and convenience (Good Sam discount $35.70).  There is so much to see and do in Santa Fe.

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Francisca Zanni on

Beautiful quilts, Karen. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Have you heard, Curves is closing. Fran

Phyllis on

happy to hear your having a great time,but when you come home curves will be closed as of june 8,2013.keep in touch.

Linda Dandrow on

Karen--the quilts are beautiful!--I would not know where to begin making them--great pictures. As you say, Santa Fe looks great with all the art work and the Georga O'Keefe museum must have been so interesting--but I cannot differentiate what some of them are--what is "Aren't they cute!"
Let me know next time you visit Santa Fe--I am tagging along!!
How is the weather?
I am on vacation this week!!--The ceiling fell in in a classroom so it must be fixed before anyone can return to the school--out six days but I am hearing we have to make up 2--takes us right to the end of June!!!

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