Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Some scenes at Cañoncito, New Mexico

The community of Cañoncito is southeast of Eldorado along I-25 and adjacent to the Eldorado Community Preserve. We were out there on Sunday and got some nice pictures of the area:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Trailhead #4, Eldorado Wilderness

Yesterday was our first hike on Traihead #4 in the Eldorado Wilderness and it was my favorite so far. The scenery was not as spectacular as the views from the other trailheads, but the trail was wider and more easily accessible and opens into a nice semi-meadow. Lots of really nice piñon pines. It was just a gorgeous day - blue sky and temperature in the upper 50s.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Breakfast Santa Fe Style

Several weeks ago, I purchased this neat little book, Breakfast Santa Fe Style, published in 2006, which is a guide to all the Santa Fe restaurants which serve breakfast and brunch. Breakfast in Santa Fe is a big thing, with a wide variety of places to choose from and crowds nearly everywhere you go for breakfast, and authors Santa Fe residents Kathy Barco and Valerie Nye have written a wonderful book -- not only their reviews of the restaurants, but including additional fun information about the city and tips on books featuring New Mexico authors and themes.

We have already used the book a lot since we purchased it -- and our only regret is that we didn't buy it sooner. The authors are in the process of publishing their newest book - Breakfast New Mexico Style, which will feature breakfast restaurants all over the state. I will be buying that one as soon as it comes out!

And here's the best part -- Valerie Nye is a blogger friend who posts at "Val on Line" -- there is a link to her blog on my site. Check out her blog -- she not only has written a great restaurant book -- but her photography is excellent, too.

Thanks for a great Santa Fe resource book, Val!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Sandias

Thursday when we were in Albuquerque, I got some nice pictures of the Sandia Mountains. They turned out so well, I am posting them all.

These were taken from Tramway Blvd.near the Sandia Casino.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Taco Cabana in ABQ

On Thursday we went to Albuquerque to buy a recliner chair at LaZBoy.

After we were finished there it was lunchtime and Albuquerque has about a million restaurants to choose from. We were considering where to go when we saw a Taco Cabana on San Mateo.

We have been to Taco Cabana in the past in Texas and loved the quality of their fast food. So -- Taco Cabana it was! We got our order in minutes and just like in Texas, their menu and food is great! We had a good lunch and it brought back memories as well.

Doesn't get much better than good food and good memories. Served up with green chile.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wednesday night at the Pit

We had a GREAT time Wednesday night.

One of my wishes as a New Mexico resident has been to attend a basketball game at the Pit at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Our realtors Mary and Kent asked us to go to a Lobos women's game with them Weds. night. It was the first time I have ever seen a women's basketball game. It was different but it was fun.

The Pit is cool. Great basketball atmosphere. Part of my goal still remains: to go to a men's basketball game there!

(Team picture from the UNM sports website)
(The Pit pictures from VirtualAlbuquerque.com)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bonnie and Hank and The Hotel Santa Fe

John and I went to the Hotel Santa Fe (downtown on Paseo de Paralta in the Railyard District) today to meet one of my friends from the Internet, Bonnie, and her husband Hank. Bonnie is an art teacher on the Zuni Reservation in west central New Mexico, and Hank subs at the schools. They were in Santa Fe so that Bonnie could attend some classes at the Children's Museum this past week.

We had breakfast with them this morning at the Amaya Restaurant at the hotel; wonderful restaurant! The hotel is just lovely, with beautiful pueblo style design. In fact, the hotel is owned by the people of the Picuris Pueblo. The atmosphere is peaceful and serene, with so many interesting touches. They even have Indian flute music playing in the background.

Bonnie and Hank are really nice down to earth people. They are the exact same age as John and I and so easy to talk to that you feel like you have always known them. What great stories they told us about their life on the Zuni Reservation and their experience with the people there. It was a really special morning for us.

Here are some pictures of the exterior of the Hotel Santa Fe: