Santa Fe Sensory Sensationsw

“The rugged beauty of the Santa Fe landscape is inspiring. The vast blue skies and famous sunsets are deserving of their wide praises. There are charms among the unique architecture that I have not seen anywhere else, the organic shades and curves of adobe buildings strung with ristras and luminarias” (David Padberg)

Feeling reenergized by the cool elevations of Southern Colorado, Ruth and I now traversed canyon lands of high desert for a two day look at Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our ambitious two day agenda of this region would thus begin at Bandelier National Monument. Here we enjoyed a one mile hike through cave strewn Frijoles Canyon to view excavated homelands of the ancestral Pueblo peoples. Meandering by foot through the narrow streets of Santa Fe proper on day two of our visit, we would then sample the pervasive presence of creative shopping artwork, Mexican food delicacies, colorful adobe architecture, and strong religious traditions that made this city such a fascinating visit for us. Enjoy the following photographic display.

At the entrance to Bandalier National Monument, we gazed down at the steep river valley below and then made our way to the Park entrance.

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Our round trip route beginning at the park visitor center would allow us to walk in the footsteps of the Pueblo people who settled here from 1150 to 1600 AD. Passing well preserved ruins of Indian kivas, I sensed the great reverence the Pueblos felt for this sacred place.

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We noticed a line of hole filled caves jutting prominently on dry cliffs along the valley. We headed steeply uphill to examine these cliffs more closely. We soon found steep ladders that led to the openings of several caves. Strenuously  climbing these ladders, we recovered our energy inside several of these caves.

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Our Santa Fe tour would begin primarily outdoors. Driving past the carnival presence of “Meow Wolf” in Santa Fe suburbia, we observed a tantalizing assortment of fantasy sculptures.

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Venturing downtown, we parked near the historic centralized plaza for a relaxing lunch at artwork-filled, “The Shed.” Our enticing list of food items of interest sampled on this culinary tour included the fried dough like  taste of sopapilla and hot spice sensation of red/green chili peppers.

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With an authentic cultural presence of Old Mexico” past in this city, Santa Fe Plaza would prove a worthwhile place for a slow siesta rest.

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Entering adobe lined souvenir shops/ art galleries near Santa Fe Plaza, a variety of unusual shopping displays mesmerize our attention.

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Spanish Catholicism provides a historic legacy in Santa Fe’s development as a city. At the “Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi” we took a breathtaking look at the ornate interior of this historic Romanesque cathedral.

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San Miguel Chapel would become another landmark of religious interest along our Santa Fe downtown tour. Documented as the oldest church in the continental United States from the early 1600s, we impressively noticed well preserved, historic relics as well as portions of  the original church walls.

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The cool and forest lined walking route along the Santa Fe River would provide a welcome break from the mid afternoon heat on our city tour. As we exited our parked car, I noticed a serene waterfall spot along the trail to mediate in “inner silence.”

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The roundhouse configuration of the New Mexico State Capitol seemed more like an art museum than a government complex on  the last stop of our Santa Fe visit. With few restrictions about touring the Capital grounds or interior on our own, we roamed freely to view extraordinary sculptures/ quilt works here from the Capitol Art Collection on this visit.

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9 thoughts on “Santa Fe Sensory Sensationsw

  1. Loved the pictures, Jim. I was there about 20 years ago & rummaged thru antique warehouses with some architect friends. One memorable bed set was a canopy bed, large, covered in silver leaf, part of a set. Seems like there was a camel or something, also covered in silver leaf, all for $175,000. Fun.

    On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 6:33 PM Snippets of a Traveling Mind wrote:

    > usfman posted: “”The rugged beauty of the Santa Fe landscape is inspiring. > The vast blue skies and famous sunsets are deserving of their wide praises. > There are charms among the unique architecture that I have not seen > anywhere else, the organic shades and curves of adob” >

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  2. Wow! What an adventure. Your pictures are fantastic! I am so impressed that you two actually climbed up into the caves. Tell Ruth she is incredibly brave. The picture of her sitting in the cave is priceless. I can just imagine what it was like for the cave dwellers. It must feel like you are back in time… thanks for bringing your readers along on your adventure. You know as a child when I read about cave dwellers I always wanted to experience what that would have been like. How fortunate you two were to see all this first hand. You two really are having one heck of a time! Enjoy all that beauty!

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  3. Hi Ruth & Jim,
    Enjoy reading of your wonderful trips and have longings to do so myself but now too old. Legs do not let me walk very far.
    Question: Have you ever thought of putting your stories in book form and publishing? Just a thought…

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    • Thanks for the book idea. I’d like to make a book but the publishers I’ve inquired with are quite expensive, esp. if I include my pictures.

      I might add that cruises make a good second choice if walking is difficult,

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  4. *Gill Trotman*

    On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 9:33 PM Snippets of a Traveling Mind wrote:

    > usfman posted: “”The rugged beauty of the Santa Fe landscape is inspiring. > The vast blue skies and famous sunsets are deserving of their wide praises. > There are charms among the unique architecture that I have not seen > anywhere else, the organic shades and curves of adob” >

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