Sunday, September 15, 2013

Day 10, Sunday, 9/15/13 - Santa Fe to Albuquerque

We got off to an early start despite being awakened by a thunderstorm in the middle of the night.  Our first stop was Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument  located on the Cochiti Pueblo land.  This displays erosion of multi-colored volcanic deposits into interesting shapes.  It includes a slot canyon, very different from those eroded into the sandstone rocks in other areas.  The "hoodoos" are generally conical so they look like tents.  At a distance the cap rocks on some of them look like aliens a la Roswell.  We ended up making a 2 mile hike - felt like it was all uphill.

Next stop: Albuquerque.  After lunch at the Frontier Restaurant, a local tradition near UNM, we headed  for the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.  It has been completely reorganized since our last visit, with all exhibits on one floor.  We were a bit disappointed since two galleries were closed to change exhibits and it seemed like the total material exhibited in the history section was much reduced.

We went on to Old Town where we visited several shops looking for the perfect T-shirt.  Having found it, we headed 5 miles east to the other end of town and the home of our host, Larry Harrah, whom we got to know thru his late wife, Madge, author of many children's books including one on Blind Boone.

Tomorrow it's the State Fair and another museum or two.  Hope the clouds are as good for photography as today - and that they're not dumping rain on us.

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