The Well-Connected Travelers…Nothing Like A Good Foodie Hook-Up!!

or...for Nancy & Mark's Space Shuttle

or…for Nancy & Mark’s Space Shuttle

Day 115           October 2, 2014

Santa Fe  to  Albuquerque

Our friends, brother/sister combo, Scott and Piper, own Back Road Pizza in Santa Fe, so that was our main destination for the day. We were treated like royalty. We were given the primo parking spot right out front, and then we feasted on some pretty awesome pizzas!

The infamous & delicious Backroads Pizza!!

The infamous & delicious Back Road Pizza!!

or...for Nancy & Mark's Space Shuttle

or…for Nancy & Mark’s Space Shuttle

Before we left the Santa Fe area, we went to see Las Campanas. Las Campanas is a huge golf/spa/housing resort outside of town. Mark had worked on this project many years ago, and had made a couple trips here while the the project was under construction.

The golf club @ Las Campanas

The golf club @ Las Campanas

The golf club @ Las Campanas

The golf club @ Las Campanas

The golf club @ Las Campanas

The golf club @ Las Campanas

@ the spa @ Las Campanas

@ the spa @ Las Campanas

I love concrete floors!

I love concrete floors!

Gigantic chandelier

Gigantic chandelier in dining room foyer

Beautiful view surrounding Las Campanas

Beautiful view surrounding Las Campanas

After our pizza feast, and architectural pilgrimage, we had only a short drive to get to Albuquerque, where we’d reserved a spot at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta with the Airstream club. The festival didn’t start until the next day, and our meet-up spot for this night, was at the Enchanted Trails RV Park. We were thrilled to arrive in the evening and to find shiny Airstream trailers everywhere throughout the park! This was gonna be a fun time!!

One Perfect Day In Santa Fe

Arsty sculpture

Arsty sculpture

Day 114           October 1, 2014

Santa Fe, New Mexico

To meet our deadline and arrive in Albuquerque on time, we’d been putting on a lot of miles each day. So it was a treat to just stay in one place today.

The entire day was spent in perfect Santa Fe fashion….eating, drinking, and looking at art and architecture. We spent most of our time in the Railyard Arts District, where we discovered the most amazing modern art galleries.

Obviously, we're in the Railyard district

Obviously, we’re in the Railyard Arts District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Railyard district

In the Railyard Arts District

Cool art on giant garage door

Cool art on giant garage door

Arsty sculpture

Arsty sculpture

In the park on a dog walk..

In the park on a dog walk..

Coffee break

Coffee break

And of course, we discovered a local brewery too!

It was a perfect day!

Route I-40 West: Trinkets, Spicy Jam, & A Stripper

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Day 113      September 30, 2014

Tucumcari  to  Santa Fe

Before leaving Tucumcari, we did another drive-a-bout to take pics of all the cool Route 66 stuff. Some of the stuff was decrepit, in it’s original state, and other stuff was restored and/or repurposed. All of it was fun to see!

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

Tucumcari

So many cool, fun signs

So many cool, fun signs

And then…back on I-40 West.

For miles and miles on I-40, way before we were even close to it, there were a zillion billboards advertising the Flying C Ranch, so, of course, we had to check it out. It was, basically, a big shop full of trinkets and other touristy crap. We found some jars of spicy jams and jellies. They looked pretty interesting, and they’d come in handy for quick easy lunch sandwiches. And then….back on I-40 West.

@ Flying C Ranch...craptastic!!

@ Flying C Ranch…craptastic!!

There wasn’t much to see on I-40 west, so I guess, instead of yelling expletives, I should have actually thanked Mark for providing some form of entertainment when he pulled his sweatshirt up and over his head while driving. Briefly, as he was trying to take off his sweatshirt, it got stuck over his head. Just briefly. Ay yi yi!!

Mark would pay the price for his stripper shenanigans, ‘cause he freaked me out, and that gave me the hiccups. And when I get the hiccups, they are LOUD!! They are in fact, so loud, that Mark accuses me of faking the volume. But, I say, that’s just how they come out of me. So, he had to put up with that for a while.  And then….we finally turned off of I-40 West.

We took Route 14 north, the “Turquoise Trail, into Santa Fe. Upon our arrival downtown, we found a great double parking space, and went to have lunch at the Coyote Cafe. Good food and drinks!

Santa Fe!

Santa Fe!

Lunch @ Coyote Cafe

Lunch @ Coyote Cafe

Margaritas @ Coyote Cafe

Margaritas @ Coyote Cafe

Lunch was followed by a peaceful afternoon nap in the Space Shuttle. And once rejuvenated, out we went for a long walk around town.

Santa Fe. Tourist trap vendors. I think the stuff they sell is all fake.

Santa Fe. Tourist trap vendors. I think the stuff they sell is all fake.

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe. Beautiful tile fountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe

Downtown Santa Fe. Detail from mural art.

Downtown Santa Fe. Detail from mural art.

Downtown Santa Fe. Detail from mural art.

Downtown Santa Fe. Detail from mural art.

We docked for the night at Los Suenos de Santa Fe Rv Park, just outside of downtown. Further exploration would have to wait until morning….