Throwback Thursday in Santa Fe
Howdy from Santa Fe!! Can you believe that we have been on our New Mexico Road Trip for six days already!
Today, we wake up in our second private rental house in Santa Fe. Our plans today include:
* Nambe Falls
* Bison Sightings
* Old Town
We had a lovely stay Monday through Wednesday at our first private rental located in Taos. Lance, the owner was terrific and his place was a delight.
Up and at 'em early yesterday, we filled up our gas tanks and set out on the road. We made a few stops along the highway as the views were just too gorgeous to drive by. The kids played musical cars going back and forth between mine and Tanya's. Though I will say, it seemed that Tanya's car was the more "happening'" car to be in since she had tons of music cd's. Or it could be that she is just the more fun cousin :-)
Sightseeing in Santa Fe!
Welcome to another Throwback Thursday, coming to you from the New Mexico state capitol -
Santa Fe is the fourth largest city in New Mexico, the oldest capital in the United States, and the second oldest city in the United States!
So full of rich culture and history, that we will excitedly be exploring over the next 2 days!
We arrived here last night, following a full day of sightseeing after leaving Taos.
We took the “scenic route” caravanning through the winding roads of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico. The views were full of gorgeous autumn colors, and small quaint towns.
Arriving at El Santuario de Chimayo after having lunch at the lovely Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant (look for more on this meal over the next 2 Foodie Fridays - I will be doing “A Taste of New Mexico” tomorrow, and Elisa will be doing a full review on Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant next week!)
It was such a peaceful delight to visit this sacred location. Elisa has shared more on El Santuario de Chimayo. Please take the time to read about this important pilgrimage site.
Dominic and I wandered off for a bit in the tiny little town and found another beautiful small church nearby - Capella de Santo Niño de Atocha, with (if you can believe) an ever more beautiful interior than that of El Santuario de Chimayo.
But yet again there were no photos allowed inside.
Next up was a quick photo op stop at the Saints & Sinners Sign (where the kids thought we were nuts to schedule - and they were like "Why are we stopping here?!")
And then the long awaited Bandelier National Monument, where these kids were very eager to make it to the ‘Alcove House’, which was a 2.2 mile hike. Having arrived at this Monument close to dusk, I had made it very clear to the kids that because of the time, in order to us to be able to complete this hike and get back before dark, that they needed to avoid goofing around, and that no matter what “Safety” was the number one rule!
Well each of these little troopers had definitely earned their junior and senior ranger titles, as they hoofed it past the ‘Long House’, through the forest, balanced on rocks and beams of wood across streams, and arrived the first on many ladders to climb up to the ‘Alcove’!
Elisa decided to stay down below and take pictures from the ground level, as I took the 4 kids up the ladders and to the ‘Alcove’.
They were delighted in their little adventure. Each of their eyes were sparkling with excitement as they proudly climbed to the top. I was/am proud of each of them for doing such a fine job!
More of Bandelier National Monument:
Click HERE to find out what the newest National Monument being declared will be!
HINT: It’s practically in my backyard!!!
Once our hike was over, we all hopped back in the cars. My car was definitely be-boppin, as we all were belting out tunes!
Things are moving a bit slower this morning, as the kids were up pretty late and thus sleeping late as well.
When we do get outta here, we’ll be packing a lunch and heading to the Pueblo of Nambe.
We'll be taking a short hike to see Nambe Falls, then to and around the Bison Range.
Finally we'll be heading to the Old Town of Santa Fe, where we will visit Kakawa Chocolate House and indulge in what has been named one of the TOP 10 most luxurious places in the WORLD to drink hot chocolate! Yippie!!!
And yes they even have vegan chocolate!!! We are going to be very happy campers :)
Meet us back here tomorrow as we fill you in on all the scoop, sights, and events, and least we forget one of my favorite days of the week "Foodie Friday!"
Don’t forget to read all about Elisa’s TBT in Bejing and the Ming Tombs!
See ya later alligator,
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