Travel

Santa Fe

We went to Santa Fe for a long weekend, and had a great time.  We loved hiking Bandolier National Monument and seeing the cliff dwellings.

bandolier

bandolier

And hiking at Hyde Memorial State Park. We did the Circle Trail, which is only 3 or 4 miles long but with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. In other words, it is insanely steep, especially if you have recently arrived from sea level. It was a beautiful hike. We also took a drive up to the ski basin where there was still a little bit of snow, and very pretty views of the aspens.

view from the top

Conopholis mexicana
A parasitic plant, Conopholis mexicana, that I mistook for a fungus. Nifty!

short-horned lizard
A short-horned lizard, perfectly camouflaged the same shade of pink as the granite.

cactus flowers
Cactus in bloom.

We also ate our share of green and red chile. We ate breakfast at the Plaza Cafe three of the four days- I had their blue corn and pinyon pancakes. YUM. Other favorites were Cafe Pasqual’s, Cafe Castro, and La Choza. We went shopping at the Tesuque Flea Market (no photos allowed, unfortunately) just north of Santa Fe, and each of us came home with a pair of cowboy boots! I definitely want to go back to the Flea Market when we have a car to drive home, so I can get some baskets and some things for the garden.  And how can I forget the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market?  It is so beautiful, and the food is really delicious.  The new site in the railyard is really nice. We were lucky enough to return to more spring in Austin, when I thought it had already turned to summer! And the garden has happily absorbed the 2+ inches of rain! It looks healthy and happy.

2 Comments

  1. Katina

    May 21, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Glad you had a nice time in Santa Fe. Pasqual’s is one of my Dad’s favorite restaurants too!

    Sweet picture of the lizard, by the way.

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