Another Lazy Day

Today we were even lazier than we were yesterday! We didn’t even bother to get out of bed this morning and watch the balloons float by. If you read my blogs from when we were here a few years ago, you may remember that the early morning hot air balloon rides over Sedona land in this area, guests are provided with a mimosa, and then bundled into vans for the trip back to Sedona. Last time we were here I took numerous pictures of the balloons but this time, having just come from the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque, I really don’t feel the need to take pictures … but we do usually get up and watch them float by while drinking our morning coffee.

In an effort to get rid of our colds we did absolutely nothing today other than reading and watching some TV, hopefully all this laziness works and we wake up feeling better tomorrow!

And the only picture I have to share with you is one of tonight’s sunset 🙂

Until next time …

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Not Much Going On :-)

Our morning started off slowly as we sat outside and enjoyed the views.

We did go into Sedona to try and find Wi-Fi. I am still amazed at how beautiful the Sedona area is!

Starbucks was our fist stop, actually we stopped at both Starbucks and both had crappy Wi-Fi, which is unusual, although the second Starbucks had the most amazing view from their patio.

We headed further down the plaza and found the Wildflower Bread Company and they had excellent Wi-Fi and great coffee … plus it was cheaper than Starbucks and offered free refills! The Wildflower Bread Company also had stunning views from their deck but I forgot to take a picture.

I also got so caught up in my book that I forgot to check out the sunset tonight.

Until next time …

Boondocking in Sedona, AZ

We are parked on BLM Land near Sedona for some relaxation. Next week Driving Miss Murphy will be joining us and I’m sure there will be some hiking going on, so for now hubby and I are going to take it easy! Hubby is starting to feel better but … and I’m sure you could see this coming … I now have a cold 😦

Beautiful views on our drive along I-17 from Flagstaff to Sedona … don’t come down 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona with a big rig, take I-17. It’s a little longer but 89A isn’t made for anything over 50 feet.

Our favorite spot was taken but we set up nearby where we can see when they pull out and then we can snag it. We still have great views!

We spent a good half hour talking to a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer. He was checking to make sure people hadn’t overstayed their two-week welcome, but mainly he was there to have a motorhome, that looked to him to be abandon as it had been there for a month, towed. The last time we stayed here an officer came by a few times while we were camped and we love it … it is nice to know that they are looking out for our safety 🙂

The really funny thing was the officer asking us if we were with the other people from British Columbia … what … we didn’t see anyone else from BC! Sure enough there was a couple from Delta parked not far from us … small world.

I love Arizona sunsets 🙂

Until next time …

Take It Easy, Take It Easy …

Given how we both feel we thought the Eagles had the right idea and we should spend some down time in Winslow, Arizona taking it easy 🙂

We found a free City Park in Winslow and thought it sounded like the perfect place to spend three or four days, but yesterday the change oil light came on in the truck and the jello wiggled. We wanted to get an oil change and do some grocery shopping on Thursday, so we felt it was better to head to Williams, Arizona which would put us closer to Flagstaff. We chose Williams over Flagstaff because there is a Passport America Park here and they have laundry facilities.

However we couldn’t pass through Winslow with stopping for lunch because “Well, I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me” … sorry I had to do it 🙂

Do you see the red flatbed Ford to the right of the picture?

The sagebrush was really blooming along I-40 near Flagstaff.

Just east of Williams we saw a sight we had hope not to see this winter!

After all the forest fires in BC this summer we had hope we wouldn’t come across any in our travels, especially if we stayed out of California. It turns out this was not a forest fire, it is a fire that started last week and is burning through wood debris at an old sawmill site.

Until next time …

Oh Gosh I’m Tired!

A blog I follow, Chapter Three Travels, wrote a few days ago about how exhausted they were. When I read it I thought, I can totally relate! We knew it would be a bit of a whirlwind getting to Albuquerque because we had added some of the central states that we can’t get to when we leave home mid October. By the time we had reached Tishomingo, Oklahoma we were so happy for three down days, and then we hit Albuquerque.

Our view last night as the sun went down.

We had so much fun, and enjoyed the balloon fiesta immensely but it has taken its toll on us. Hubby is getting a cold and I’m just tired. We have had six days of go, go, go and then at the end of each day I have gone through so many pictures and written my blog, and honestly I got to the point at the balloon fiesta that I couldn’t even come up with words to write.

We had to pull out of our balloon fiesta site yesterday and, since we wanted to visit Santa Fe, we decided to park in a casino parking lot along I-25.

I wish we had parked were this Prevost bus was so that I could have taken a picture of Maxx in the sunset … but Maxx doesn’t have this awesome paint job so it may not have turned out as well 🙂

We left a little later this morning and did a short drive to Home Depot (where we have awesome Wi-Fi) in Gallup, New Mexico. We have a few more one nighters and then we hope to find a spot around Prescott, Arizona so we can chill for a few days … recharge our batteries … sleep … do nothing 🙂 In a week we are meeting up with friends in Sedona, and there will probably be a lot of hiking during our stay, so hubby needs to get rid of his cold … and not by giving it to me!

The last of our Albuquerque sunsets.

Pretty views along I-40 on our drive today.

Until next time …

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Once again I have been drawn to a town by a series of books. Stuart Woods writes the Ed Eagle series and it is based in Santa Fe.  Those books, along with pictures and stories from others, added a visit to this town to my bucket list. Unlike Boulder, Colorado Santa Fe was exactly what I expected, an artsy town with mainly adobe houses.

Santa Fe is the oldest and highest altitude (7,000 feet) capital city in the United States.

The main area of town branches out from the typical town square.

Back in the day town squares had very specific building guidelines. They had to be a rectangle, which was 1.5 times wider than it was deep. Over the years Santa Fe’s town square was made smaller and more resembles a square.

Our first stop was the Loretto Chapel, which we had been told was a Catholic Church that housed a staircase with an interesting history.

When we arrived we were surprised that there was an entrance fee of $3.00 each. We both felt it was inappropriate of a Catholic Church to charge an entry fee so we decided against going in. We later found out that the church was no longer a Catholic Church, it had been purchased by a hotel and made into a museum … ahh that makes sense now! Anyway we never did get the time to go in but I did find a picture of the inside on the internet.   The church had a loft area with no staircase and the Sisters thought it would be a good place for the choir, but they were unable to find a carpenter who could build a staircase to the loft. Around 1880 the entire order began to pray to St. Joseph, the patron saints of carpenters, to help come up with a solution to erect stairs to the loft. On the ninth day of prayer a visitor arrived at the church with his mule and some tools. The man told the Sisters he was a carpenter by trade and he believed he could construct a staircase to the loft without it becoming an eyesore. The only condition he placed upon the Sisters was that he would only work in private.

The Sisters were only too happy to agree to his terms and the carpenter would work whenever the chapel was empty. When the spiral staircase was finished the Sisters were so delighted with how it turned out that they organized a banquet in honour of the carpenter. This was when they discovered he had left, and had never identify himself while he was working there. He also never asked for payment for his labour or the supplies he used. The Sisters believe that it must have been St. Joseph who had come to the church and built the stairs for them.

It really does look beautiful and it was made without any nails!

We decided to take an open-air tram tour of the city for $15.00 each and really enjoyed it. We started off with a tour around the town square area.

The Palace of Governors building served as the seat of government for the state of New Mexico for centuries. It is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. The building is now used for artists to display their wares.

 

There were a lot of churches in the town square area.

We then moved outside of the town square area into the Canyon Road area, which is the art district of Santa Fe. I would have loved to come back and wander around the area but hubby wasn’t feeling it … I think he was scared I would spend money 🙂

   

I really wanted one of these wind sculptures … they are really pretty when the wind makes them turn!

 

Rock, paper, scissors!

After the art district we moved into residential neighbourhoods. These are very old homes so they are not overly large and run in price from $400,000 to $700,000.

 

We also toured newer areas, this house was recently purchased for $3 million.

I think I like the old house better … plus I wonder what kind of view these people have with all the trees!

The museum district is full of various museums and sculptures.

All over Santa Fe, in every neighbourhood, we noticed the fences were the same. These are coyote fences, which consist of spruce/fir posts tied to a steel welded framework. They are called coyote fence because they keep the coyotes out.

We ended back at the town square but not before we passed another old church.

Until next time …

Albuquerque Balloon Festival – Day Four

We have noticed that we are the youngest people on this RV tour, but fortunately, or maybe by design, we are at the edge of the Fantasy RV tour sites. This means we are camped by the general public, which in our case means we are camped next to the Fulltime RV Families. This allows us to hear children running around, playing, laughing, crying, but just generally having fun. We were sitting outside on Thursday night when we heard a loud announcement across the way that “the baby has arrived”!  Earlier in the day we had noticed a very pregnant woman walking around and it was her baby that was born, at 9:00 p.m..  Friday evening, when she was showing off her baby girl, I had to go over for a look. Seriously I was the oldest one there so I think I am the Full Time RV Family grandmother 🙂

Well today was the final day for the balloon fiesta and it was windy this morning, which meant the balloons were not able to go up for a mass assentation. A few balloons did a static display and we did watch it on TV. The few balloons that tried to inflate had trouble staying up in the wind and quickly came back down, so I’m glad we didn’t bother going down to the field. I have more than enough pictures of balloons and I think I have bored you enough with balloon pictures!

But the word “Balloon” is in the title of this blog so there had to be a least one balloon picture 🙂

Part of our package was a trip to Old Town Albuquerque and we really enjoyed it.  Old Town was the first Albuquerque neighborhood in 1706, when a group of Spanish families settled there, not far from the Rio Grande. The settlers organized their new town in the traditional Spanish colonial way, with a central plaza anchored by a church.

The original adobe church collapsed after a long rainy summer in 1792. The families rebuilt the church and in 1793 the San Felipe de Neri church was completed. Today this adobe church, with walls five feet thick, is the oldest in Albuquerque and its white towers mark Old Town from a distance. The church is still a functioning Catholic church and I really wish we had been able to get to Old Town early enough to attend Mass.

The rectory and grounds

 

Also traditional in Spanish towns is the town square, I would love to be here for Christmas. I can just picture the decorations, music, and everyone attending Christmas Eve Mass 🙂

 

Fall is arriving in Albuquerque

The rest of Old Town is comprised of stores and restaurants housed in very old adobe buildings.

  If you were a fan of the show Breaking Bad, which was based and filmed in Albuquerque, you could tour the Breaking Bad motorhome that was used as a drug lab in earlier episodes of the show.

Tonight we had a farewell happy hour and dinner and tomorrow our time wraps up with a farewell breakfast.

We really enjoyed our time at the Balloon Festival and met so many wonderful people. We are grateful to have won this trip but honestly I don’t think we would do another group RV tour. We may feel differently in another ten years, but right now we have no problems travelling on our own and we believe we could have done this trip much cheaper than the $1,200 Fantasy Tours was charging. However the really funny thing is hubby won the Social Hour prize … a $100.00 gift certificate for another tour! We kinda felt bad about winning that since we had won this trip and have no plans for a future trip so we are hoping to give it to someone else who is going on another trip.

Until next time …