Howdy Partners from Santa Fe
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
78Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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Bonnie and Dave's
It was wonderful to see Bonnie and Dave again and we were so grateful for them having invited us and put us up in their beautiful home. The house is located close to the centre and is a traditional adobe. In the grounds Dave literally built a Casita in the adobe style which they rent out and is stunning. Mind you he is quick to say never again about the building game!
We took a tour on a small bus around Santa Fe and were driven by a real life cowboy who came all the way from – London! He has been there for eight years and loves the lifestyle. It was a great way to get around and have some great little snippets of info about the town and its people.
The next day we all went up to Los Alamos which is the secret town that was created for the development of the atomic bomb during the second world war. We went to the museum there and learnt how scientists from all over the world came there in 1943 to develop the technology to end the war. The learning is interactive and we all found it quite fascinating but at the same time unnerving
We went for a short walk through the forest to see Valle Grande which is a lovely open valley that was in fact a very violent volcano a few thousand years ago. A real highlight was going to Bandalier National Monument where we walked up to the cliffs to see where the native Indians made their homes some 700 years ago. You have to climb a series of wooden ladders to get up there as they would use natural caves as shelter and then build out small covered areas from wood. It was supremely peaceful and whilst walking there we were lucky enough to see Mummy Bear and her two baby bears. Fortunately Daddy Bear was not around but they came pretty close and it was very exciting to see such magnificent animals in the wild. Dave and Bonnie must be our lucky wildlife charms as we saw rare pygmy elephants, a wild orang-utan and other great wildlife with them in Borneo.
It was great to see, experience and feel the relaxed life of Santa Fe as it is such a unique place in the States without the hustle and bustle of normal cities there. We all said that it would be a lovely place to live although Issy was less convinced as there are no swimming pools due to the fact it is a desert with a fairly serious lack of water.
Thank you Dave and Bonnie for inviting us to your special home and letting us share Santa Fe. We wish you both lots of strength in your journey in the following months. We will be thinking of you.