|In many towns we would repeatedly quench our southwestern appetites with the delectable flavors of a great Mexican or BBQ style restaurant. Here, we savored a new blend of chilies and southwestern spices every day without visiting the same restaurant twice. Ed commented, "this is the first town where I can order something off of the menu and I actually consider it to be spicy." (For those of you who don't know Ed very well, he is the KING of hot and spicy food).|
|We saw strings of dried red chilies, called a ristra,
and assumed most were used mainly as a decoration. Our "El
Charro" cookbook has arrived and we quickly learned that these dried
peppers are the main ingredient in several Mexican sauces. Boiled
and blended into a paste, called adobado, these peppers are wonderful for
marinating beef and pork.
For a taste of Santa Fe look, for "Coyote Cafe" products at your grocery store.
|This is a Japanese Wisteria. These plants often
line entry ways and trellised walkways. They grow quickly and in
the spring adorn paths with brilliant purple blossoms that hang like bunches
This path meanders along one of many creeks that flow through town during the rainy season.
|This is a circular staircase in the Loretto Chapel. It's story
is of "divine construction". Candles located high in the loft were
lit and maintained by the nuns using a wooden ladder. They had wanted
a staircase for ease and safety but were refused since a conventional staircase
would use up too much space in the small narrow chapel.
They prayed for a solution to their dilemma and soon after a man appeared with his donkey and simple tools. He worked for three months to build this staircase (which originally had no railing). During his stay he asked only for food and a roof over his head. Upon completion of the staircase he disappeared, never asking for payment for the project. The nuns claim it was St. Peter himself.
Now imagine several people standing halfway up this staircase without the side railings. Does it look like it would hold? Even today structural analysis concludes that this design should collapse. The workmanship is exquisite and there are no supports.
Fortress and Castle
built by order of the
Spanish crown 1610 -1612
Seat of Government
under three flags - Spanish,
Mexican & American -
From 1610 to 1910 the
residence of over a hundred
Governors & Captains General
The oldest public building
in the United States -
|Mitch and Max enjoyed grinding dried red corn into a
fine cornmeal using a hand grindstone. The costumed volunteer
showed us around this old town setting and described what life is like.
He always talked using the present tense, as if we were actually touring
his town hundreds of years ago.
After the cornmeal was ground for the day's meal the boys learned how sheep's wool is prepared and spun into yarn.
|There are several good museums in Santa Fe and countless
art galleries. We had time to see the Folk Art museum and the Santa
Fe Museum of Art.
ALL SPECIES EARTH DAY
|The Pueblo architecture is abundant in Santa Fe. The stretching evening shadows add a variety of contrast and silhouettes. One evening at this very spot we watched as a passing thunderstorm produced a brilliant rainbow over this building adding yet another dimension to the beautiful scene.|
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