S: Santa Fe, New Mexico 2012
FC: Santa Fe, New Mexico March 2012
1: The Great American Get-Together in Santa Fe This is the story of how Barb Kinney, Barb Januscheitis, Betty Cahlander, Jean Schultz, Jo Lehnen and Karen Hansen ended up in a snowstorm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. | A view of Santa Fe from Governor Martinez's office
2: "Hello Road Scholar? We want to book a trip." | "Shall we go to Los Alamos or to the movie premier? " | December 2011 | March 2012
3: After making our way through all of the paper and the many options, we decided on our agenda for our Santa Fe adventure. When we arrived in Albuquerque, we met up with many other Road Scholar travelers. After some initial confusion, we were bused to Santa Fe. We began to get the idea there were a lot of people in this program.
4: Right away we saw this was not your ordinary Road Scholar program. Look at all the people standing in line for our first buffet! The opening night program featured all all-girl mariachi band and speakers Ann Hillerman (daughter of novelist Tony Hillerman), and her husband, photographer Don Strel. The Fun Set Myrna (from New Mexico), Pam (from New York), Barb K, Karen, Jo, Betty and Jean Barb J and Myrna liberated a couple of half-full bottles of wine as we left the convention hall. Waste not, want not...
5: "Didn't you just love standing in line every meal? How about the cold eggs and potatoes for breakfast." ~Betty | "The food was overall bad, I probably was the biggest complainer." ~Jo | But hey, who needs good food when there is wine and vodka and margaritas and.....
6: Remembering we were in the Green group kept us on the right track for classes and field trips. | Learning about Route 66 in New Mexico | "Enjoyed water color class even though it was stressful" ~Jo | Oh the courses we could choose: Art, cooking, Converso Jews, Music history, photography clues, Then off we'd go for magnificent views! ~ Karen
7: "Interesting people kept joining us. Cassie, the 85 year old who has been on 107 Road Scholar trips was one, and she was such a delight." ~ Barb K
8: Our first outing was visit to the Palace of the Governors and a Santa Fe bus exploration. Native American vendors sell jewelry and pottery out front under the portal. Barb J bought earrings from this craftsman. | Santa Fe
9: Field trips, classes and standing in line for buffets didn't leave us a lot of time to explore the city and get in some shopping. By the third day, we were ready to skip some classes and head to town. | Time for a nap?
10: "We finally got on the shuttle that would take us around Santa Fe and met a very helpful female driver who directed us to stop at the State Capitol building first. Somehow our group got split up, but the wonderful receptionist took us on a tour of Governor Martinez's office. After we joined forces again, we toured the halls enjoying more outstanding pieces of New Mexico art." ~Barb K
11: When Friends Meet | "The Roundhouse" The NM State Capitol
12: We continued on our way along Old Santa Fe Trail to the Mission of San Miquel where Jo lit a candle. Nearby is the oldest house in the U.S.A. This was where Myrna bought cookies, homemade by the proprietress, to share with us.
13: We visited the Cathedral of St Francis of Assi, the first church in New Mexico to achieve cathedral status, but, alas, the nave was closed. | The Miraculous Staircase | Home to the "Miraculous Staircase", the Loretto Chapel was built in 1878. No climbing of the staircase is allowed! Outside, Jo stands by the blossoming tree that was adorned with rosaries.
14: About O'Keeffe: What a relief to learn her calla lily wasn't so silly. Nature was her prime belief. ~Karen | Bark K | Barb J | Karen | ~Georgia O'Keeffe | "I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move."
15: The Book Signing Pam Wardwell signed her book "I'm Nobody, A Woodstock Mystery" | Most of us brought our books for Pam to sign. All except for Barb J that is. Pam had to fake a signing for her.
16: The paparazzi were everywhere... | The Burro Alley Café
17: An unexpected treat at the Burro Alley Café was the accordion music. The 'shrimp' salad didn't have much shrimp, but it was pretty!
18: The Shed was a fun place to eat. The bus boy was a cutie; the waiter not so much.
20: Pecos National Monument
21: At 8,000 feet elevation, an occasional rest stop was in order as we walked up the hill. ~~~~~~~ Warned that the high elevation Could ruin a vacation, We were high with elation That no one got the woozy sensation. ~Karen
22: Kiva's are underground rooms thought to have been used by the ancient pueblo people for religious and other communal purposes. Barb J declined to go down the ladder to have her picture taken
23: Sometimes it's good to wear a hat | Our Road Scholar leaders Dick and Rose tell us about the ruins of a 15th century pueblo and the 17th century mission that juts up spectacularly from a high meadow. The pueblo had 660 rooms and many kivas.
25: Friday morning at 8 am, the Green Group was on the coach for a full-day field trip to Taos. Our first stop was the Millicent Rogers Museum. Karen and Barb J found some free posters and Jo bought a red hand-woven scarf. Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers was a colorful figure linked romantically with the likes of Clark Gable and Roald Dahl. Her collections of Native American art led her family to establish the museum in 1956. This is where we learned about the pottery of Maria Martinez. Maria was a Native American whose black on black pottery became known worldwide. | A view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
26: The Rio Grande
27: Just north of Taos, we walked across the Rio Grande River Gorge Bridge and looked down 650 feet to the rafters below. | "Just be sure to get the GORGE-ous!" quipped Barb K to the photographer | In the gorge cut by the Rio Grande Way down deep on the bottom land We spotted Sheep in a tiny band A perfect scene, as though it was planned. ~Karen
29: A 20 minute wait for a table didn't fit our schedule, so we sat at the bar for lunch at the Gorge Bar & Grill in Taos. A good decision as the cute bartender acted as though he really enjoyed serving eight ladies of a certain age. | The buffalo sliders were yummy. | The Moose Drool beer tasted pretty good too! | Taos Plaza
30: San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos. This is the church Georgia O'Keeffe made famous in her painting. The world's most photographed gas meter does not appear in her painting. | Pueblo, no pictures, Jo and Barb bought pottery
31: Adobe made of mud and straw In every pueblo that we saw. In the weaving room we stood in awe The adobe floor had no flaw! ~Karen | The state-of-the-art listening devices Certainly wouldn't help in a crisis! We managed because of participants' niceness And leaders who were most definitely priceless. ~Karen
32: The next stop was the San Ildefonso Pueblo, birthplace of Maria Martinez. No pictures were allowed unless you paid a special fee. Barb J bought a black pot from potter Alfred Aguilar. Jo bought pottery made by his granddaughter.
33: Our last stop for the day was the village of Chimayó where we had dinner at Rancho de Chimayó. After the sun went down over the mountains,we drove back to Santa Fe in the black desert night.
34: A special program addition was a train ride to Lamy, New Mexico on the Santa Fe Southern Railway. | After a morning of classes, some afternoon exploration of Santa Fe and a drink at the El Dorado Hotel, we boarded the train at 5:30.
35: We experienced the beauty of the high desert while riding in vintage rail cars. Some of us braved it and rode outside on the flat car. | The train took us 18 miles south to the railroad town of Lamy, named to honor Jean Baptiste Lamy, the first archbishop of the American Territorial period.
37: Dinner was at the Legal Tender Saloon & Restaurant. Except for the chef, the entire staff is volunteers. The food was plentiful..another buffet..and there was live music for entertainment. On the way home, we were offered blankets so we could lay on the flatbed car to watch the stars. We all remained standing.
38: Albuquerque | Sunday morning we got on the bus with our box lunches and headed to Albuquerque and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the BioPark and Aquarium. "Thinking Albuquerque surely must have more to offer visitors than, albeit beautiful, gardens and an aquarium." ~Karen | "At the Indian museum, Jo and I bought Copper bracelets in the courtyard from a famous Indian jewelry maker; Andy. His pieces were really nicer than in the museum store." ~Betty "I bought a copper pendant, circle of life with a Malachite Stone and a copper bracelet with a Sugilite Stone, from Andy Marion who is a award winning Silversmith. 3rd Generation." ~Jo
39: We strolled through the botanical gardens and took a quick tour of the aquarium. Betty got to finish her box lunch on the run. Barb K found a be-jeweled turtle in the gift shop that she took home.
40: We took a ride on Route 66 (also known as Central Ave) which passes through the middle of Albuquerque. | At the corner of 4th and Central is the Crossroads Clock where Route 66 crossed over itself after it was re-aligned in 1937.
41: Palm Sunday
42: After taking a photography class, Barb J decided to walk across the street to photo the pretty church we had passed by several times. Imagine our surprise when we found a Palm Sunday procession beginning. Barb K and Jo got us palm fronds and we joined in the celebration amidst the mostly Hispanic congregation. | Santuario De Guadalupe Old Mission Church
43: As the cameraman, who was standing next to the Barbs, panned the crowd of hundreds, ours were probably the only Anglo faces seen. The priest was Asian and spoke Spanish with an accent. A truly multicultural celebration.
44: Los Alamos Monday we boarded the bus for Los Alamos, NM, home of the Manhattan Project; the development of the first atomic bomb. The weather had changed and we were glad we brought our jackets. Barb found the secret address - 109 East Palace, Santa Fe The address where new arrivals to Los Alamos were first processed.
45: We visited the Bradbury Science museum where we played with the experiments and watched a movie. Statues of Oppenheimer and Groves greeted us as we explored the grounds of the Fuller Lodge Museum and Bathtub Row. Then snowflakes fell on Los Alamos.
47: The art was awesome, the food was 'interesting' and the wine flowed freely. After dinner we were treated to some Native American dancers and then whisked back to Santa Fe in our coach. | Our last evening together was at the beautiful Buffalo Thunder Resort & Hotel. A Hilton property, the hotel is on the Pojoaque Pueblo and is owned and operated by the Pueblo. We wished we had more time to see the $40,000,000 art collection that was on display.
49: Tuesday we woke up to a white layer of snow that turned Santa Fe into a Fairyland of white. More transportation glitches gave old folks something to complain about, but soon we were remembering the good times we'd had. Thus ends the tale of six ladies from Minnesota who ended up in a snow storm in Santa Fe. Vaya con Dios, Nuevo Mexico!