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A Place in which to Return

sunny 92 °F

Buenos Dias;

After a slow start to the day we drove back into Santa Fe for brunch. Yesterday was tiring traveling over the winding roads to Taos & back, about 120 miles round trip.

Two items on our agenda were the rail yards and a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, of particular interest to Pat. We found a delightful cafe on the piazza, called the 'Blue Corn Cafe'. I had a brunch delight in a dish called Huevos Rancheros, a dish of Blue Corn tortillas with eggs, chile (red & green, of course) & cheese, pinto beans and flour tortilla and Pat a tortilla. It being noonish or 5:00 pm in London we chose a marguerita to wash our lunches down. A very nice experience in a 'laid back' day.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Art Museum was nearby. She was an artist of the 20th Century who was a 'free spirit'. Her background was 'upper class' and in her early 20's she traveled with her boyfriend on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle from 'back East' throughout the West. Being artistic, she sketched images along the way to record her adventures. Much of the art during that time of the Great Depression was done in black & white reflecting the depressed mood of that time in history. She returned to NYC and introduced western art subjects, i.e., buffalo head & horse head skulls, animal skeletons and added colorful flowers as accents. Her interpretation of the mountains in the southwest with varying shades of pastels all brought her acclaim. She was best known for her colorful enlarged flowers, NY skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. With her success she traveled to Europe to broaden her art background, returning to earn art degrees in NY, Chicago and other places. She lived to the age of 98 and called Santa Fe her home for many decades. In total, she produced over 2,000 pieces of work, a fraction of which are displayed in the museum we visited. Very interesting stop.

Our visit to the Rail Yard district was of particular interest to me. Sante Fe was, of course, the terminus of the old Santa Fe Trail. When the railroad was built in 1880 Santa Fe became an important rail stop. With the railroad came growth and prosperity to the region. Today the trains carry freight with the only passenger service via the daily commuter, called the Rail Runner (the Road Runner is the state bird!). It offers service to ABQ several times a day. The old Santa Fe passenger depot still stands and is used for commuter patrons and a tourist office. The depot has a Mexican/Southwest style, not adobe. The old rail yards have been converted into a beautiful city park and the former freight warehouse now contains offices, boutiques, and a restaurant/brewery. Across the street is a large 4 story (the height limit) Hilton hotel in adobe style which takes up a city block.

It was a nice day spent as our last in Santa Fe. Tomorrow we move on to Colorado Springs, another adventure awaiting.

Posted by dixter 07:32 Archived in USA Tagged in day santa last fe

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