2015 Westward Ho travel blog

Santa Fe Trail Marker

Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe downtown

Street Art

Loretto Chapel

It got down to 28 degrees here last night, must be because we are 7000 feet above sea level. Suppose to reach 65 today and get warmer the rest of the week. Glad we weren’t in Oklahoma last night.

A little bit of history. Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States at 405 years. Santa Fe averages 325 plus days of sunshine each year. This area was under Confederate control in 1862 during the Civil War. This area was once part of Mexico until 1846 when the Mexican-American War claimed all the present day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The area is still under a very Mexican influence as for cultures and architecture.

We did meet a couple from Ohio which were parked next to us in the campground. He is a Columbus police officer from Columbus and his wife was from Bowling Green Ohio. They pulled out this morning, next stop Grand Canyon. They are jamming several stops into three weeks’ vacation. Glad we don’t need to do that anymore.

We drove to the Plaza in Santa Fe which is where the old Santa Fe Trail ended back in the old west. The Plaza was just a lot of very overpriced stores and local vendors on the street selling jewelry. Jewelry is a very big thing to sell out here, it appears everyone makes jewelry and tries to sell it to the tourist. Candy was remarking that some of the items she bought at the flea market in Gallup for $10.00 that had the same thing for $30.00. I saw a refrigerator magnet for $25.00, which was crazy. Walmart has them for $1.00. We walked around but that was it for us, we decided Santa Fe is not our type of place to visit. An interesting fact, the Santa Fe Trail ended in Santa Fe where the marker picture is at the Plaza. The Loretto Chapel is the center structure of downtown as it was completed in 1878.

We stopped and picked up some items for our visitors this weekend and returned to the motorhome for the end of this day.

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