Campbell Southwest Trip 2007 travel blog

RV Amongst the Pines

Martha Retrieving a Tennis Ball

Rose and Bailey in Warm Shirt Dining

Mountain Scene from Rt. 4

Kathleen Eating a Large Sopaipilla at Tomasita's

Steve with HOT Red Pork and Cooling Honey

Tomasita Restaurant

Indian Jewelry Sales at Santa Fe Plaza

Pepper Wreath

Pepper Ladies

Flowers Blooming in Santa Fe Garden

Hi Friends and Family,

With all good intentions of getting an early start, we dawdled away the morning. We'd like to claim that we are on a relaxed pace but we get two extra hours in the a.m. and we still can't get moving.

This was after Steve awoke to Martha's baby whine at 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. EST (or midnight and 4 a.m. MST) with a need to "go outside".....perhaps Martha knew the temperature had dropped to 32 degrees and wanted to see if it was snowing. Bailey was so cold; she needed to don her t-shirt to help insulate her body.

We intended to leave Jemez at 8 a.m. so that we could arrive in Santa Fe at around 10 much for intentions, as we left the RV at 10:30 a.m. We also thought we spotted a "short cut" to Santa Fe via route 290 to Ponderosa. Our Atlas shows the map as a solid line, but the actual road was truly "as the crow flies" across the mountain. On a different map, this road is defined as a local road, i.e., "unimproved or primitive, 4 wheel drive likely required".

We suppose we should have turned around when the macadam ended and we were driving on gravel/sand, but only after perhaps 5 miles of steep ascent did we decide it may be best to turn around. So, our 2 hour drive arriving at 10 a.m. turned into a 1:00 p.m. arrival.

Once in Santa Fe, we decided to have lunch at Tomasita's an authentic Mexican restaurant. We so much enjoyed the guacamole from Tuesday, we ordered it again today. We did not get to see it prepared table side, and received a much smaller portion. It was good, but not Tuesday's caliber. We did however; finish it, including Steve actually eating the serving bowl.

Steve ordered the daily special which was pork that had been slow cooked in red chili sauce......Steve perspired and continually blotted his eyes and blew his nose throughout his entire meal. Sopapilla's were served as the bread; however they were enjoyed as a dessert with honey. Steve used the sweetness of the honey to tame the "fire" from his pork special. Here we sit again, with out an appetite for dinner.

Following lunch, we headed to the plaza to stroll amongst the local tribes that are selling wares along the sidewalk. We purchased the obligatory red pepper wreath.

Finally, we set off for home and arrived back at the RV at about 6:00 p.m. MST.

Tomorrow we plan to spend our time on the Jemez Mountain and viewing its scenic beauty.

Steve and Kathleen

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