Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

(Ron Writing) We left Albuquerque around noon today and headed north on the “Turquoise Trail” on the eastern slope of the Sandia Mountains. This route is quite scenic and runs through several old mining towns. Some of those towns, once nearly ghost towns, have come to life with art studios, souvenir shops, and restaurants. We didn’t find anything we were interested in stopping for but the drive was pleasant.

We stopped at the new BLM office on the south side of Santa Fe, NM to pick up some information and maps. Then we drove on into Santa Fe where we are spending the night.

Santa Fe was founded in 1607 making it one of the oldest cities in the western US. It’s also the oldest of any of the state capital and, at an elevation of 7,000’ it is the highest state capital. That high elevation means it will be pretty chilly here tonight. It was a very pleasant 73° when we arrived this afternoon.

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