Santa Fe, New Mexico “A City Different”

Hi everyone!  We are in the beautiful capital city of New Mexico – Santa Fe! The temperature is cooler here than in Arizona and us furry kids are enjoying the break from the heat.

What I learned : Santa Fe has the highest elevation of any capital city in the country at around 7000 feet.  It has an average of 325 sunny days per year and in 2017, National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards named Santa Fe it’s number one selection in “Sense of Place” in the entire world.  It is also named #1 destination of the year by Travel and Leisure Reader’s Choice.  I think I would agree!

Today we wandered around Old Town Santa Fe.  They have very beautiful adobe buildings and lots of shops.

We enjoyed the old town square.  We were entertained by some break dancers and Kim did some shopping along the square at Palace of the Governors.  This is where local native artists sell their jewellery and pottery.  Kim bought a beautiful piece of pottery from a Navajo artist.  She had a very nice chat with her.  I was with her – I was a bit nervous, but it was fun!

 

Here we are in the Old Town Square!

There is an old church at the end of the Old Town – The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  This was built between 1869 and 1886 on the site of an older church that had been destroyed.  There is a very beautiful statue of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first North American Indian to become a saint.

We had a long day driving yesterday to our RV park in Santa Fe.  Oh my goodness, New Mexico has a lot of casinos – everywhere you look you will see one.  We didn’t stop – because we may be lucky, but we aren’t lucky at the slots – lol!

We stopped at a couple of places along the way on the old Route 66.  The first one Kim said we had to stop – because if you see a giant rabbit, it’s just what you do! This is just west of Joseph City.  It is a trading post – no purchases made, but we did enjoy the rabbit! John thinks she is crazy.

And folks…..something we learned on this trip.  Recommendations from a book aren’t all they are cracked up to be.  And…. if your instincts tell you to walk away,  sometimes you should…….  This is in the town of Holbrook and Kim read about it in her Arizona Kicks book.  One thing we are always grateful for…. it’s the experience that counts!  And the stories…. wink wink!

We did find a wonderful off leash dog park in Holbrook.  We met some new friends there and give it paws up! Woof 66!

Woof 66 on Route 66
Woof 66 on Route 66

 

We are staying at the Santa Fe Skies RV Park.  John was awesome!  After driving all day, and making lots of stops for us, he set up the trailer in the pitch dark – and it was perfect. Paws up to John!

This is a great RV park.  It has an off leash dog park and also an off leash dog walk!  Lucky us :). The off leash dog walk has lots of sculptures and art to see….. check this one out.  I think this guy might have spent too much time on his tractor 😉

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Sculptures and “art” at the RV park

And…here Levi the punk and Frazier are enjoying the park – paws up everyone!

Later folks!  We have another day to enjoy Santa Fe and the area.  We will figure that out when John comes back from his bakery “run” – I hope he got a treat for me!

 

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