Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Some More Santa Fe

We had planned to stay only a week in Santa Fe. However, we were having so much fun that we extended our visit for an additional seven days. The weather cooperated, and both the days and nights were cooler. We also had a couple of brief showers to settle the dust and cool us off for a bit. Here is a photo taken by our friend, Geri Lowry, after one of the storms. You can see our truck and fifth wheel at the end of the double rainbow.

We made a couple of excursions downtown with Geri and Bob. We ate more good food...some at the Coyote Cafe outdoor terrace. We also stopped for coffee at Aztec, a coffeehouse that has been a Santa Fe institution for decades. 

We spent an interesting afternoon exploring the new Santa Fe History Museum. Exhibits follow New Mexico's history from the time of the conquistadores through statehood and beyond, and are well worth a visit. In addition, there was a fascinating exhibit on the Saint John's Bible. Commissioned by Saint John's Abbey, the Bible took ten years to produce, and includes the work of a number of calligraphers and artists. The text is the same as the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, but the illustrations area modern-day interpretations of the scriptures.  It is the only handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery since the advent of the printing press more than 500 years ago.  We viewed a number pages from the Saint John's Bible, which are approximately 24" x 30" and quite remarkable. If you are interested, coffee-table size reproductions are available on Amazon.

Rob and Donna Pecherer joined us for dinner at Santa Fe Steamer, where we discovered that all good seafood is not found on one coast or the other. Rob is a long-time friend (I don't dare say "old" friend) who lived in Austin a number of years ago, and Donna works in the education field. She is also the author of a number of short stories, and writes under the name of Tower Lowe. Check Donna out on Amazon; her stories have gotten great reviews and are available as e-books. Or, you can visit her blog, The New Mexico Chronicles, at http://towerlowe.blogspot.com/ to learn more about her stories. 

Our second week in Santa Fe involved daily visits to the dog park, and to the arroyo behind our RV park. Here are a few shots of our daily excursions, and of some of the many dog friends the Bagley Pack made while we were there. 

Frank Ortiz Dog Park

The Arroyo behind our RV park
The Bagley Pack and a couple of friends
Our beautiful neighbor, Yodi

Cute as a ...Button
Frida Kahlo


and a bunch of Bichon Frises
And, of course, we continued to be fascinated by the aerial antics of our friends the Cooper's Hawks.

We hated to leave Santa Fe, but look forward to reconnecting with the friends there, both old and new, whose company we enjoyed. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mentioning my cozy mystery series! Here's my author page as long as we are promoting things... http://www.amazon.com/author/towerlowe

    Love the Taos photos, too. I'm traveling vicariously with you two.