Sunday, July 24, 2011

Route 66

Get your kicks on Route 66! All you old farts will remember that phrase. It's Sunday evening and we are getting packed up for our trip to Chama in northern, NM. Plan to find a place to camp somewhere in the National Forest until Friday afternoon. This means no electricity or internet. We're hoping that our cell phones will work. The next posts will be full of pics.

There were thunderstorms on and off all day. James kept himself busy working around the campsite and I got some reading done and actually finished a book. We are ready to move on to greener pastures. A trip to WalMart in the morning for food and misc. It's been a lazy few days and I'm not gonna lie-it's pretty darn nice!

Everyone have a great week!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Route 66-Harry's Roadhouse

We're gonna have to give Harry's Roadhouse a thumbs up. An eclectic local place located on Historic Route 66 just east of Santa Fe. In three days we have eaten breakfast, lunch or dinner there. Food with a southwest flair and the servings were large enough that we could split the meal. The atmosphere was laid back and we enjoyed the people watching. Staff was pleasant and very helpful. One disappointment was the margaritas. You all know I love me some margaritas (one of the reasons I can't lose weight) so I always want to try the local fare. After several locals recommended the margaritas we stopped by on Friday afternoon on our way back from Santa Fe. What a waste of money! They were awful, which was surprising since the food was really good. One of the first things I packed in the motor home was my blender and tequila as I was pretty certain finding a good margarita may be a problem. I told James I should take a small cup of margaritas to Harry's so they'll know what a good one tastes like.

Miraculous Staircase

I'm still trying to learn how to post on this blog so bear with me. I seem to be having a hard time posting the pics.

These are pics from the Loretto chapel (downtown Santa Fe) where the miraculous staircase was built (I forgot the year but it's old). It winds from the floor up to the balcony area. The altar is made of wood but is painted to look like marble. It was pretty amazing.

We have not been impressed with the driving skills in this area. We have never seen so many people running red lights. Riding on the motorcycle we had to be very defensive so we finally decided to just go back to the campground and relax, do some laundry and organize the motorhome for the 10th time. It's been pretty uneventful for the last few days. Rain showers on and off making the air cooler. I'm in sweats this evening, it's in the 60's and feels great. James is running around in t-shirt and shorts and liking the coolness.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Santa Fe

We spent Thursday in Santa Fe and walked around downtown where everything started to look the same after awhile. It was a little too artsy fartsy for these two country bumpkins. James bought a fajita from a "pink" cart vendor in the square. I wasn't that brave and decided to eat later. He said it was good and is still alive so guess my fears were unfounded. Visited the oldest house in the US and San Miguel, the oldest church structure in the US both built in the early 1600's. It was interesting.

Rode around on the motorcycle for a while then headed back to the campground. Took a walk in the cool evening air and saw a rainbow when we got to the top of the hill. Of course I did not have the camera on me so now I have to keep it on me at all times-you never know what you are going to see. I'm ready to head farther north where the scenery is greener. Not very many tall trees here and different kinds of pine trees than what we are used to seeing. It is pretty in it's own way. There is also dirt-everywhere. Those of you who know me well know that I do not like dirt or to be dirty so this is a stretch for me. I'll survive. James is loving it. He doesn't care as long as he can be outside. I will have to say that the weather is nice. 80's during the day and high 50's/60's at night. There has been rain off and on since we arrived but we are enjoying that. Almost forgot what it was like.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gibbons Creek

Our Colorado adventure has begun! Lots of stops before we get there but there's a lot to see. Stayed outside of College Station at Gibbons Creek Reservoir the first night. There were only 15 campsites and 3 other trailers besides us. It started getting dark, I looked out the window and saw deer legs behind the trees. I fixed a drink and planned on sitting at the picnic table to watch the wildlife come out and wait for James to come back from fishing.

When I opened the motorhome door I fully expected to see a cute little deer staring back at me, but instead what I saw was a big white ugly steer staring me down. I was a little confused but rolled with the flow and thought maybe a gate was left open somewhere. I proceeded to the table and realized when I sat down that the steer had brought along some friends. In a few minutes the motorhome was surrounded by cattle. The guy two campsites over came out, jumped in his truck and took off. This action led me to believe that the steers may live here. I started laughing and decided that I needed to go get the camera. I had to make my way through the crowd hoping I wouldn't be stampeded. I did manage to get a few pics in when James strolled up. He informed me that they were all over the park so guess it was a normal thing.

Vickie, these pics are proof!