Friday, June 18, 2010

Vacation 2010 Day 5

We left Amarillo and headed into mountains and desert. We were treated to getting to see cowboys herding cattle and the yucca plant was in bloom. The boys' conversation across western Texas and eastern New Mexico consisted of a lively debate as to whether a TRex or Superman would win in a battle against each other. As we approached Albuquerque and Santa Fe the kids got to see their first mountains with snow on them. They were pretty excited. Before we went to our campground we stopped at El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. It is a "living history museum" that sits between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It was a settlement (not a mission as there was no priest there) on the trail from Mexico to Santa Fe. It was about a mile trail around the village and we all really enjoyed it. The pictures in the Josefina American Girl books are taken in this village. Josefina is the doll that Ashley has so she, in particular, enjoyed this stop.
You should have seen the kids eyes when the lady explained what a "switch" was in the classroom and then held up the paddle.Some of you may recognize this house. It is on the grounds of the museum. It was used in the filming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The pond sits just to the right of the picture.
The desert was in full bloom and beautiful.
After we explored the museum we headed to the campground and cooled down with some swimming. And then we decided to treat ourselves to some New Mexican cuisine. We drove into Santa Fe and found this place. It was delicious! and everything came with a side of green or red chili's. They are grown in New Mexico and tasted fresh and yummy.
After supper we did a quick car tour around Santa Fe during which Joe & I both promised to come back and explore sometime without the kids (or with them when they are older) beautiful...lots of museums and shopping.

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