Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Santa Fe Revisited

When we visited Santa Fe the last time we only spent one afternoon in the city, and left feeling that more time was needed. So this time around we spent four days, and still barely scratched the surface. What a great city and surrounding area.

We stayed at a KOA campground, based on good reviews and a promotional deal which reduced their usually too-high prices down to reasonable. After driving over from Tucumcari and gaining 3000' of altitude, (from 4100 to 7200') we pulled in and threaded our way into our narrow, but nice, site.

During our stay we walked around the city center and it's Plaza, and out Canyon Road, lined with countless galleries. We enjoyed fresh margaritas and tapas in a courtyard eatery. We took Toby on a nice hike up Apache Canyon in search of an elusive hot-spring. And I rode the Dale Ball trail system, where I learned what it's like to ride at 7500' without sufficient acclimatization (searing lungs; racing heart).

So, what follows is a photographic essay of our time in the excellent city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Remember that the photos will enlarge when clicked on.

Looking from the Plaza down to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis:

House margarita - rocks - salt:

Adobe (Faux-dobe?)

What an ass!

Have I gotten taller?

Side street off of Canyon Road:

One of many, many galleries:

Mailbox set in adobe, typical in this city:


Riding Dale Ball Trails:

Country houses, Santa Fe style:
Property line walls, Santa Fe style:

Hiking up Apache Canyon:

End of the trail:

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