Trip Summary Calendar - Where we went and when

July 18, 2004

Santa Fe recap

We're off to...Gallup?

Time has run out for us in Santa Fe, but we've had a great time here - it's just plain beautiful. Tomorrow (Monday) we're off to one night in Gallup, NM - just a stopover point to Sedona, AZ where we'll be for three nights. Then it's up to the Grand Canyon for a week or so. After the Grand Canyon we'll gamble our lives away in Vegas.

Here's a quick recap of our time in Santa Fe...

Monday: Arrived. Tuesday: Met Heather's parents at a museum. See prior entry for more info.

Wednesday: Walked through downtown Santa Fe, which is mostly shopping, galleries, museums, and food. It's a VERY nice downtown. Great southwestern architecture.

Thursday: Toured the Georgia O'Keeffe museum. To be honest, we were unimpressed. The museum doesn't have any of her well known work (at least it wasn't on display), and it's also quite small. For dinner we went to an Indian (as in the asian subcontinent, not native American) restaurant attached to a gas station - really! Very good food too.

Friday: This was our big scenery day. We took a 200 mile drive through the Jemez Mountains, to the west of Santa Fe. Wow, what a place! Our first stop was the San Ildefonso Pueblo, a small Indian village. They have a nice view, and a variety of houses and buildings. Some residents run pottery shops out of their houses. Next up was the Bandalier National Monument, site of an ancient Indian pueblo abandoned in the 1500's. Much of the site is still there, and is tremendously interesting. Many of them lived in tiny caves on the edge of a cliff. We walked through the area, which was just wild. We then drove along Route 4 through the mountains, stopping every so often to admire the view. I'll try to get the photos online soon - amazing!

Saturday: Took a quick trip to Albuquerque, where we wandered through "Old Town," the early part of the city and currently filled with many little shops. Also went to the Rattlesnake Museum - really!

Sunday: Attempted to go to the Bradbury Science Museum, which is the public part of the famous Los Alamos Labs (where the first atomic bomb was created). You may have read in the news that much of the organization was shut down because of a security problem (some missing hard drives containing secret data of some sort). Turns out that shutdown included the museum, so we were shut out. Instead we went to the nearby Los Alamos Historical Museum, which sounds like a yawn but was very interesting especially due to their place in history. They had many artifacts and tidbits from the Manhattan Project era, and some very interesting items from throughout their history.

Posted by Mitch at July 18, 2004 11:42 PM

Sounds like a nice trip so far...

Posted by: Joe at July 18, 2004 11:57 PM
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