Poking Around Santa Fe
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Not surprisingly given the time change, we were up early and at breakfast shortly after 7:30. Leaving the room about 9:00, we set out eastward along the Old Santa Fe trail, then up into the hills and even onto a dirt road.
The first "official" activity of the day was a visit to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the International Folk-art Museum. The two share the same beautiful campus. We found the Indian museum intriguing but the International Museum, while very nice, didn't really pique our interest.
Having picked up a brochure somewhere, we decided on a ride on the Santa Fe and Southern Railway and Lin called when we were still at the museum to make a reservation. We parked the car at the train station and walked down the street for lunch at the Cowgirl BBQ and Western Grill, an interesting place where I had a "game burger" made from elk, buffalo and venison.
The train tide was really fun. They used only two cars, a passenger car from the NJ Central (!) and a combination passenger/baggage car. We sat in the latter and there was a bar set up in what had been the baggage section. Between the two was a flatbed car with side railings installed and passengers were free to ride out there. The trip, about 16 miles southeast and 16 back, took about 2 hours. Once the train was out of Santa Fe, the scenery was great. I went out onto the flatcar twice on the way out and, when we stopped, I enticed Lin out. We both rode all the way back out there with very few other people. Once back, we walked around a bit, made dinner reservations at La Casa Sena, then headed back to the room to relax,.
After the obligatory wine and cheese in the lobby from 6 to 7, we headed to dinner. Once again, dinner was great. Both of us started with piñon-encrusted baked goat cheese. Incredible! I had what was creatively-named "jackalope mixed grill", rabbit sausage and tenderloin filet of antelope. Both were wonderful. Lin had pork tenderloin stuffed with chorizo sausage. She claimed it was good as well. We nobly passed on dessert and headed for home.