- Santa Fe,
- As we drove from Denver to Santa Fe, we were looking
forward to our return to the Santa
Fe Skies RV Park. We weren't disappointed. We were
greeted by the Brown family as we arrived. They even
invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, we had
to decline because we were flying back to the midwest for
the holiday. When we left, they were grading the ground
for their new recreation and office center. Now the walls
were going up.
- This trip we decided to take a loop trip through Los
Alamos and the Bandelier National Monument.
- Los Alamos: A Year After the Fire
- As we headed to Los Alamos we wondered how it would
look a year after the fires. We stopped at our favorite
store in town, the gift shop at the Bradbury
Los Alamos Science Museum. Then, we headed to the
outskirts of town where the fire had its greatest impact.
It was bizarre. Entire blocks of homes were gone. The
jeep is the only thing that remained of one block.
Sometimes one house would mysteriously be standing while
the others on the block were burned. The picture below
contains a sign in from of the house that says "last
stand." You could clearly see where the fire went up
canyons and simply stopped. Sometimes only the bottoms of
the trees would be burned. Nature works in strange
- Bandelier National
- The drive from Los Alamos to Bandelier
National Monument showed signs of the
fire too. Fire was even evident at the
entrance to the park.
- We explored the visitor center and took
the Frijoles Canyon trail through the valley.
The one and a quarter mile loop goes by the
Tyuonyi Pueblo, talus houses cliff dwellings,
and long house cliff dwellings before cutting
across a meadow to a nature trail.
- The Snow
- As full-timers, we've been spending most
of our winters in the south, so snow is now a
novelty rather than a frustration. In Santa
Fe the winds can be cold, but the snow rarely
- The strangest thing is seeing snow on the
cactus. Or, maybe the strangest thing is
Annette. You decide.
- Updated 5/02.
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