Beautiful Bandelier, NM!
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Hooray for A/C! Mike at Route 66 Auto Repair in
Then we met Kate and Terry for Chili Rellanos at a local diner, Sun and Sand- great food and nice time. We returned to the State Park for a final night- really great logistics and fun visiting.
This morning (Tuesday), we headed out after getting our fluids topped off at Route 66 Auto- they are very nice there. Everything needed some fluid- power steering, AT, and oil and then we were on our way toward
Have you heard of the â€śTurquoise Trailâ€ť? Itâ€™s a national â€śscenic bywayâ€ť through great small towns and over beautiful mountains up to 7700 ft high basically between Albuquerque and Sante Fe. Ciao Baby did great! We did indeed buy some turquoise earrings on the Turquoise Trail and drove through a wonderful small, vibrant town of artists called
We also stopped in Tinkertown www.tinkertown.com/index.html -which included 22,000 wood carvings that a creative man put together in a series of fun rooms. He unfortunately passed away at age 62 of Alzheimerâ€™s, but left a wonderful legacy.
The architecture of the adobe houses, even for modern homes and buildings, makes Santa Fe such a beautiful, warm city. Weâ€™ll return here during the Balloon Fiesta.
Kate had expounded upon the virtues of Bandelier National Monument http://www.nps.gov/band/ so much that we finally agreed to visit it if we had the opportunity- and so we went after
Weâ€™re dry camping (no hookups) in the Bandelier Campground, which is gorgeous and authentic nature with big trees (which are not often found in NM) at 6600 feet altitude (I finally found the altitude on my GPS) and it's nice and cool. Of course we have everything we need in the RV even without using the generator (except A/C, which we donâ€™t need after the sun goes down at this altitude) and have all of us had hot showers tonight.
After doing it myself last night, I taught the kids tonight how to wash out their own clothes from the day in the bathroom sink. Keeping up with our wash in rugged country is a smart idea for self-sufficiency. We hang them in the shower and put up the folding plastic rack- theyâ€™ll probably all be dry by morning.
Although I canâ€™t get cell service out here, the internet works â€“ without the booster weâ€™d have no luck.
Sorry about the picture dates- It took awhile to figure out that I needed to change the dates and then that it would automatically put them on the date assigned, regardless of whether there was a blog that day. But hopefully Iâ€™ll be more organized soon- one can hope!
Thanks for the nice comments- love reading them.
One bit of fun weâ€™ve had is buying a few postcards in each place and putting them in a little 4x6 photo album. Itâ€™s a fast was to document and enjoy reviewing our trip.
Weâ€™re headed tomorrow to a World Heritage site- Taos Pueblo http://www.