Ride the Train to Santa Fe
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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Where I stayed
Coronado RV Park
What I did
Ride the Train to Santa Fe
The train was a little delayed as the electrical systems broke down. The last 15 min of the trip was without AC so it did get a little hot and humid inside
I biked to the old town center and parked it. Time to check out the place. First, I needed to refuel. I kept reading about this place in Santa Fe called "The Shed." So I decided to try it out. It was just one block off the old town center and located in this small plaza
After this great meal it was time to hit a museum. One the square I went inside the Place of the Governors which was the major seat of power for New Mexico for over 100 years. There were two parts to this place – the original building and the new building that held the Museum of New Mexico. The old part had some artifacts from the time before New Mexico was a state. They had some of the floor taken up so you could see some of the original adobe foundations from before the white man came. Some of the rooms were recreated to look as it did over 100 years ago when it was the seat of power for New Mexico. They even had a chapel inside. Just beyond the courtyard was the new part which was very well done – almost Smithsonian quality. It took you from the earliest times of New Mexico to modern times with great exhibits on the native peoples, the Spanish conquerors, the US-Mexican wars, the Wild West, and statehood
After this museum, I rode my bike two miles outside of the downtown area to hit another one – the International Folk Art Museum. The bike ride was not fun as it was uphill and getting close to 95 degrees outside. Another top notch place. It had folk art from over 100 countries in this place. The first exhibit was on the art of conflict which focused on art from Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and the floods in Pakistan. Very powerful works of art. The next hall focused on the folk art of the Andes Mountain region with some great items from Bolivia. Another room had textiles from the world. The last exhibit, the permanent collection, took up half the museum and had folk art representing the world inside with all kinds of dioramas. Much of it looked like toys collected from all over the world. You could really spend a whole day here reading up and looking at all the artifacts. This is another must see museum.
By this time it was around 3:30. There were some other museums in Santa Fe that I wanted to see but time was running out. This will just have to be another place to come back to on another trip
My hour was soon up and my small EF backpack was stuffed with stuff. I biked the short ride back to the train station with 20 min. to spare but just walk right on, parked my bike, and grabbed a nice plush seat on the Rail Runner. Not near as many people on this train as there was this morning. But the bike rack did fill up. The ride back was great as I just watched the desert landscape and irrigated farmland whirl by. I got back around 8:00. Pooh, Quique, and I took a nice sunset walk around the campground. Pooh had another relaxing day around the RV. I was kind of sad since the trip was now really over – all we had to do was the long drive back. Around 9:00 we had dinner at the McDonalds down the road to use their WiFi. The food was good but the WiFi was slow. After two hours of this we went back to the RV for a nice siesta.