Well, it is Saturday and we are back in Hastings. The house looks clean and tidy just as we left it except for the neatly organized piles of mail on the dining room table.
It is a long way across Colorado and Nebraska. After about 400 miles we stopped at Windmills State Recreation Area just east of Kearney. It is close to the interstate and has 6 small stocked fishing lakes and a collection of old windmills.
The grass was green. Someone was mowing, it smelled nice. The park was almost empty. Good to stop and get out for a walk.
A very large lake made by two dams.
And a nice campsite. It was very windy for both of the past two days. Mostly from the northwest which gave us a bit of a tail wind.
They must have 24′ ceilings or more. Something like this at home would be nice. Another Foretravel owner in Australia built something like this only the legs were on pivots so that it folded almost flat. He would drive on it and then hydraulic pivots would push it up into a raised position. I think I would rather have something solid. Another fellow in BC built a drive over pit. It is some work to crawl under these to work on them.
We have left Santa Fe and are heading to Denver for one of two regular maintenance stops. Santa Fe to Denver could be done in a day but not us. We drove east and then north on I25 through Raton Pass (about 7900 ft). We have been through this pass several times and it is a relatively easy pass to go over, not too steep, not too high. Then north towards Pueblo, CO where we stopped for the night in a unremarkable RV park. It was only $20. The weather report had snow between Colorado Springs and Denver. We were headed for the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, CO so stopping and waiting a bit for the weather to clear seemed prudent. In the morning we set out for Longmont, about 4 hrs away.
It was an OK drive but getting through Denver is always crazy. Lots of traffic slowdowns on Saturday? And accident that put everything to stop and go for 30 minutes didn’t help and a 5 mile backup to exit to the High Times Marijuana show at the Merchandise Mart really didn’t help. Better to go by there before the event than after. Apparently it was sort of like a cook-off to crown the best of the best. I guess they must have had samples.
I think she was second place. Her horse had a very long tail. We think they were all about 13 years old or so. This is a rider/horse sort of thing where they both have to learn how to do this. It was fun to watch. The horses were sort of glammed up, saddles were fancy, saddle blankets were the glitzy ones and the riders were in their finest performance wear.
It was a lot of work. When Ed and Barb were there we were extra busy. But there was always time for a sit down break, a cup of coffee or tea or hot chocolate.
Part 3, Art and Museums
There is an interior courtyard. The building to the right is an auditorium. The posts, beams, corbels, lintels, vigas, scuppers, color and rounded shapes are all part of the style.
This painting looks like spring going up toward Chimayo. The white blossoms on pear trees were everywhere. A blue door on your home is to insure good luck. Color is everywhere. No Santa Fe art visit would be complete without some Gustave Baumann, one of our favorite artists.
This is his 1918 original painting of Day of the Deer Dance. From this painting he would carve a wood block to make the final reverse image woodblock print.
Part 2, Great Food
And a sopapilla with honey.
It is a very pleasant meal in calm, familiar surroundings with wonderful people helping you to enjoy the meal and the moment.
The Plaza comes alive during the day. There are food vendors cooking fajita, lots of folks selling jewelry in front of the Governor’s Palace and across the street, usually somebody playing a musical instument with a hat out and lots of people to watch. We were there on a Saturday, it must have been Prom day at the High School since there were quite a few young ladies in lovely dresses trying to walk in extrodinarily high heeled platform shoes and constantly adjusting this part or that in what were obviously not their normal clothes. Lots of posing for pictures. A big white limo full of one bunch, a big black limo full of another. Not sure if that means anything. There was a fire truck there too. The firemen were giving out plastic firemens hats to little kids who were getting their pictures taken next to the fire truck. A police car was there too and the two cops were taking off their bikes from the rack and suiting up for a bicycle patrol.