Tuesday,  December 31st, 2014

We had such a great time in Santa Fe.  So much history, culture and the architecture is rustic and quaint. There are building codes so all of the houses and businesses are stucco/adobe. It makes them blend in with the background and adds so much charm. My mom came out over Christmas and left on New Year's eve. Trying to get in or out of Maine in the winter is an iffy prospect but, she got on her plane just before a major storm, only to end up stuck in Chicago overnight because of mechanical issues with 2 planes and the pilots running out of flight time on the 3rd. I was a nervous wreck all night. We finally picked her up in Albequerque the next morning. So we lost a some time together, but at least she made it. Her flight back was delayed because of frozen blue toilet water.. what? Her flight took off 3 hours late, but she managed to beat a huge storm and it was one of the last to get to Maine before all the airports were closed and thousands of flights were canceled. People were stranded in the Chicago airport for days.

While she was here, we did some sight seeing around town and couple of close hikes. We went to Pecos National Monument and saw some ruins, including a very old church.

From pecos national monument

It was cold, but a beautiful sunny day for walk. I just love the contrast of the red adobe against the crisp blue sky. There were some interesting archways 

 

From pecos national monument

and rooms in the church. It still has a lot of character.  The labyrinth of wall foundations

From pecos national monument

that used to be rooms that led to the church, are still there. There were holes in the ground

From pecos national monument

with ladders so, of course, Sam and I had to go down and check it out. These are basically big hollowed out rooms called Kivas with adobe ovens. Traditionally they were used for religious ceremonies. 

There are some trails on upper canyon rd. not too far out of town.  It was muddy in places, but overall,  a nice jaunt on a cold, sunny, winter day. Mom's a trooper!!

From upper canyon rd open space walk

Along the way, Sam notices some ancient fossils in the rock walls.

From upper canyon rd open space walk

 

From upper canyon rd open space walk

Stopping for a look at the vista and catch a little sunshine.

From upper canyon rd open space walk

It was great having mom with us the first 2 weeks we were in Santa Fe. We crammed a lot of things in so she could get a good feel for the area. That got us oriented pretty quickly too. 

 

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