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Enjoying our casita in Santa Rosa State Park

Hooray for A/C!  Mike at Route 66 Auto Repair in Santa Rosa had Ciao Baby ice cold by 5pm on Monday.  We’d spent the day there, working on homeschooling and getting organized.  With the Verizon aircard, we could use the internet to catch up on all the kids’ lessons.  Very productive!

 

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 Albuquerque.

Ciao Baby gets new cab A/C
  But we did not stop in Albuquerque.

 

Have you heard of the “Turquoise Trail”?  It’s a national “scenic byway” 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 Madrid, NM.  What a great weekend away town that would be! 

 

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 Alzheimer’s, but left a wonderful legacy.

Mike at Route 66 Auto Repair does a great job for us
  I bought the book that his brother wrote about his 10 year round-the-world adventure on a boat that was docked there at Tinkertown.  A huge wall map showed the boat’s journey and excitement along the way- fascinating! 

 

The architecture of the adobe houses, even for modern homes and buildings, makes Santa Fe such a beautiful, warm city.  We’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 Santa Fe, about 20 miles west off the highway to this fabulous place!  We got to climb up on wooden ladders into Pueblo Indian homes in the volcanic rock cliffs!  It was so cool!  We even hiked a bit further to the very high Adobe House and climbed multiple ladders up to a ceremonial spot with a kiva and a view of the world.

Tinkertown fun
  What terrific hands-on history! We also saw a 10-minute movie in the Visitor’s Center and tested the attached grill's fare- bought mango salsa in the gift shop.  This is a wonderful place to visit!

 

We’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 don’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- they’ll probably all be dry by morning.

 

Although I can’t get cell service out here, the internet works – without the booster we’d have no luck.

Tinkertown fun
  Love that booster! 

 

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 I’ll be more organized soon- one can hope!

 

Thanks for the nice comments- love reading them. 

 

 

One bit of fun we’ve had is buying a few postcards in each place and putting them in a little 4x6 photo album.  It’s a fast was to document and enjoy reviewing our trip.

 

We’re headed tomorrow to a World Heritage site- Taos Pueblo http://www.

nps.gov/band/ and www.cr.nps.gov/worldheritage/taos.htm .  We’re on like a World Heritage Scavenger Hunt and there are 3 sites nearby.  This is surprising considering there are only 18 or so sites in the entire United States- so we’ll keep rolling to them and then on to the Grand Canyon!

 

 

 

 

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Anne Johnson (Lovely La Verne)
Posted on: Jun 11, 2008
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Ciao Baby gets new cab A/C
Ciao Baby gets new cab A/C
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Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
Tinkertown fun
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Fun sayings at Tinkertown
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