Sorry for the long break I know I’ve been MIA but I needed a little time away. I’m back and with lots of photos of our trip to New Mexico. It’s so beautiful there with the mountains as a back drop, storms every evening and lots of gorgeous sunsets with skies that never seem to end.
We stayed at the Buffalo Thunder Resort which is funny since we are not gamblers at all! The reason for the stay was the location it’s central to all the things we wanted to see and the allow fur babies too.
The beauty of Eagle Lake is breath taking surround by mountains we were surprised how windy it was on the lake.
The ride back later was very sunny.
The adobe home was tucked away in the trees on the side of the mountain. What a great setting for a home that blends so well with it’s surroundings.
This was one of the fly fishing stops.
Another quiet spot to fish.
or just hike and let the fur babies cool off and play in the water.
A storm was rolling in as we drove back that evening.
Then we were off to old Santa Fe with it’s old world beauty and charm. We were very pleased to be able to park next to the river walk park. This gives the pups a chance to burn off some energy and cool off before and after walking the street and seeing the sights.
The locals peddling their wears.
I just loved the entering wind mill art outside of the church.
Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction.
When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel.
Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers.
The stairway’s carpenter, whoever he was, built a magnificent structure. The design was innovative for the time and some of the design considerations still perplex experts today.
The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs. Questions also surround the number of stair risers relative to the height of the choir loft and about the types of wood and other materials used in the stairway’s construction.
Over the years many have flocked to the Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase. The staircase has been the subject of many articles, TV specials, and movies including “Unsolved Mysteries” and the television movie titled “The Staircase.”
The church and the staircase are very beautiful and worth the visit but if you go there is a fee to enter the church now because it is privately own.
The bridge was started in 1963 and completed in 1965. It was dedicated on September 10, 1965 and is a part of U.S. Route 64, a major east–west road. The span is 1,280 feet (390 m): two 300-foot-long (91 m) approach spans with a 600-foot-long (180 m) main center span.
Yes I walked out to the middle of the bridge and you are way up there! As I shot this photo a semi truck was so kind as to wiz passed making the entire bridge move and shake. But I was able to make it back to the parked truck and thank the lord for not letting the bridge shake apart.
It is quite a sight to see and even though it was a shaking experience it was so worth it.
It’s only 565 feet to the bottom.
A much closer look at the Rio Grande River.
Heading West through Los Alamos and the mountain streams.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve is a national preserve located in northeastern Sandoval County and southern Rio Arriba County, just west of Los Alamos. It protects a large portion of the Valles Caldera, an area of significant geological, ecological and cultural interest. It has a land area of 89,216 acres (139.400 sq mi; 361.04 km2) and until 2015 was administered by the Valles Caldera Trust with offices in Jemez Springs. In 2014 legislation attached to the Defense Authorization Act authorized the transfer of the preserve to the National Park Service and dissolution of the Valles Caldera Trust. The transfer to NPS management took place on October 10, 2015.
This mountain lake and the stands of Aspen trees and on the way to the Jemez Mountain range.
This village is still used for ceremony today the local tribe keeps the history alive for their children. It was very peaceful and we were the only ones there besides the ranger (he was native and grew up in the area with the stories).
These oven are in lots of the back yards in the area and are well used as I was told by several locals.
Hope you have enjoyed the visual vacation we had a great time. I be back soon to share a tasty treat and a few more photos.