(Jan) For the five days between Eagle Nest State Park and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta we have called the San Felipe Hollywood Casino CG home. We are boondocking here east of the casino and in front of the Hollywood Hills Speedway. The weather has been marvelous; highs in the 80’s and night time temps in the 60’s. It’s given us time to go to Camping World to purchase a water softener, new step treads and a TV antenna booster. Time also to wash the MH and truck.
On Sunday we made a trip up to Santa Fe. We attended mass at the Cathedral Basillica of St Francis and later met our friends Bruce and Dee who were on their way south. Together we went to see the Loretto Chapel Staircase and then roamed around old town Santa Fe. There are many wonderful art galleries there as well as interesting shops and a plaza with native peoples displaying amazing crafts and jewelry. One of our favorite shops was a store entirely dedicated to selling oils and vinegars. We sampled several. What a delightful place.
|Building of the Loretto Chapel was started in 1873 and finished in 1878. The staircase to the choir loft was built in 6 months by an unknown carpenter with only wood, wooden pegs and glue; it has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. The hand rails were added later at the request by the Sisters of Loretto. http://www.lorettochapel.com/staircase.html|
Our friends Frank and Diane Gruelle are traveling through this area and we were able to go and visit them yesterday. We traveled down to old town Albuquerque and had dinner at the Frontier Restaurant which is right across the street from the University of New Mexico campus. It’s an interesting place with great burgers, New Mexican food and breakfast all day. Our burritos, enchiladas with homemade tortillas and sweet rolls (which the restaurant is famous for) were delicious! What a great evening we had with good friends.
Tomorrow it’s on to the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque to join our Boomer group and attend the 2011 Balloon Fiesta. Our group will have our rigs parked on the parameter of the balloon landing field.