Santa Fe is always a delightful destination. It’s never a surprise, but always full of surprises. The first was checking into our RV park and finding our good friends, Geri and Bob, camped directly across from us, just as they were the last time we visited three years ago. We have enjoyed their company, including happy hours in their “yard” as well as shared meals at some of our favorite restaurants. (Geri and Bob's rig is always easy to find; outside is Geri's wonderful "garden" of succulents and native plants.)
We were fortunate to be in town for Spanish Market. The four of us took the bus downtown to the plaza area, which was filled with booths…from food and drink to offerings from artists specializing in all genres, including some I didn’t know existed.
There was something for everyone, from painted tortillas...
and armadillos made from motorcycle gas tanks...
to fanciful critters.
We had a great time!
Our time here in Santa Fe has been all too short, as it always is. The week flew past. We enjoyed reconnecting with our friends, Rob and Donna, who live here full-time. On Tuesday night they introduced us to a new favorite restaurant, Gabriel's, located outside of town past the Santa Fe Opera.
Then on Wednesday Rob and Donna gave us, Geri and Bob a tour of their wonderful 100-year-old adobe home on Comino Don Miguel that they have refurbished and updated. It could be featured in any publication spotlighting Santa Fe homes and architecture!
The dogs have had a wonderful time in Santa Fe. We went to the Frank Ortiz Dog Park almost every day. The park is built on the site of an old landfill, which has been reclaimed as an open trails area. Not only are there fantastic views of the city, but also miles and miles of trails, and a good flat, level space for throwing balls. There are plenty of dog friends to play with as well.
Just at the edge of the dog park, we came upon this lovely home that overlooks the city. The statuary outside is almost as impressive as their view.
We supplemented visits to the dog park with trips to the arroyo behind our RV park.
It is an area populated with bunnies and ground squirrels, and the dogs were ever-hopeful of catching one.
It is hard to beat time spent with good friends in a magical place. We hated to leave Santa Fe, but look forward to our next visit.