USA Travels  2003                                                   


Route from Boulder to Santa Fe





Joan and Ueli with their N85S Cessna 210


June 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 photo shoot.





The Foothills with Boulder in the foreground





Boulder with the Foothills and the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains in the background.





Scene from the streets of Santa Fe

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 of art.






Joan and Ueli with a gourm delight


 Ueli celebrating his birthday


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.




Cactus in bloom

June 27, we canvassed the town some more, then drove through the mountains where beautiful cacti were in bloom.  The 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!









Noon CB over the Sangre de Christo Mt.


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. Downtown Denver   (Colfax X I25)There 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 hours.






  Visit our other trips:
Aspen Daytrip to Aspen
Westcoast Loop Boulder - Prescott - Palm Springs - San Diego - Napa - Portland - Kalispell - Billings - Boulder
Pittsburgh Boulder - San Joseph - Indianapolis - Pittsburgh - Des Moines - Boulder
Cleveland Boulder - Salina - St. Louis - Cleveland - Cincinnati - Kansas City - Boulder
Four State Swing Boulder - Dutch John - Wendover - Ely - Marble Canyon - Montrose - Boulder
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