Rock and Block Tour - Day Four + Five - Albuquerque + Santa Fe
We took the weekend off from rock hunting and focused instead on these two towns with their adobe roots. Albuquerque was founded on the Rio Grande River in 1706 as a Spanish Colonial outpost. Its claim to fame was as the sheepherding capital of the west.
We walked along the muddy river for a quarter mile in the Rio Grande Nature Center, then we walked around the plaza in Old Town. The best part of our stay in Albuquerque was our night at The Poblano Inn, an historic adobe rancho turned into an Inn and organic farmstead. Best food since Napa.
Santa Fe was founded in 1607, on the Santa Fe River (which feeds the Rio Grande), and is the oldest city in the United States. It is still the state capital, famous as a haven for artists and tourists, and the Santa Fe style, created in 1912 by historic preservations disappointed that the engineers for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad decided to re-route the track south of town.
It was cold in Santa Fe when we walked to the plaza for dinner. All the parapets were ringed with luminarios, which used to be candles in paper bags and are now 10 watt electric lights in brown plastic molded things that look a little like bags. We ate New Mexican cuisine and drank margaritas at La Plazuelita, and then walked the five blocks back to the Inn, wearing hats, gloves, and four layers.