26, we started the day by flying to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a
favorite place to visit. It takes only an hour and a half from Boulder,
Colorado. The scenery south along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, the
crossing of Le Veta Pass west of Pueblo and then SSW along the western side of
the Sangre de Christo is spectacular. The whole flight is one large beautiful
Boulder with the
Foothills and the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains in the background.
After Ueli landed N85S in Santa Fe,
we headed into town, checked into a hotel and walked around town to see
what was new. Joan designs beautiful cards from flowers and grasses she
picks and dries. Her eyes are always open for special papers with which to
make these cards. There is a unique little shop in town where the owner
sells papers she buys from around the world. Surely, this was Joan’s
“find” of the day. There is a shop, restaurant and haunt for all.
Santa Fe hosts some of the finest galleries for sculpture, paintings and
outstanding pottery. It is a treat for everyone to view these fine works
After the grand tour we walked back to our room, regrouped, then stepped
out to a special restaurant to celebrate Ueli’s birthday. At dinner our
waiter suggested champagne from the area of Albuquerque under the name of
Gruet, also the name of a little town near where we live in Switzerland.
This naturally was Ueli’s “find” of the day, his very special day. We
ordered a case when we returned to Boulder.
June 27, we canvassed the town some more, then drove
through the mountains where beautiful cacti were in bloom.
season was ideal for finding many unusual flowers. During the winter
months there is skiing at a great area with what looked like, fine
facilities. Driving north brought us to the town of Chimayo where we ate a
delicious lunch in a bright and cheerful courtyard. Next stop, back to
town for some R & R!
June 28, we climbed into N85S with Joan pushing the
throttle and headed north. The trip was everything we wanted it to be, but
it is always good to go back home at some point. Three days is enough to
get an overall feeling of Santa Fe and still leave more to dream about.
is something for the entire family and it would be difficult to imagine
that anyone would not enjoy wonderful Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was only a
short trip of 300 nm (560 km) one way. With all the maneuvering taking two
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