Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Habitat de Santa Fe

We arrived at Rodeo de Santa Fe, NM about 1130 on Monday after an easy trip from Cochiti Lake. The campground is 'sparse' but adequate. Pam is helped me get lined up so I could back the Roadrunner next to fellow Care-A-Vanners Allen and Maria (in their Winnebago).
We are part of Habitat for Humanity's RVers (a.k.a. Care-A-Vanners)who travel to work sites around the U.S. and help build houses.

The team meeting and dinner was later in that night and we arrived in time to drive in downtown to Santa Fe and take in some sights. We went to the Plaza and saw the Pueblo Indians selling jewelry in front of the Palace of the Governors.
We also went by some outdoor cafes, saw the Basilica of St. Frances not far from the La Fonda Hotel and all kinds of Southwest shops.We made it back to the Roadrunner in time to get cleaned up and relax a bit before the Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity dinner and initial team meeting. The executive directive (Marty) hosted the evening and gave us a lot of information about Habitat and how it works in Santa Fe. Devin, the volunteer coordinator provided the lasagna and we had a great evening.
On Tuesday morning, we arrived at our work site, Oshara Village, and broke into work teams. Typical work days go from 8:15 AM to 4:30 PM. Pam and I helped with the 'Hardy Board' that needed to be installed under the eves. We put together scaffording and then spent the rest of the day measuring and cutting the Hardy Board to fit into place. Others on our team worked on framing, sanding doors and putting insulation up outside.We had a great lunch provided by a Habitat and spent the day in the brisk Santa Fe weather. It was a bit cool but it was a lot of fun. Habitat requires owners and prospective owners to volunteer and we met a couple of future candidates. It was great way to start our time here in Santa Fe with Habitat. We are excited to be here!

More from the Roadrunner Chronicles. Please stay tuned!


  1. You're doing a great job there Randy. Thanks for the pics of Sante Fe. It's on our list of places to visit next year.

  2. Hope you guys are working in the sun to warm you up some. Nice meeting you and Pam and put your blog in our favorites list. We were wondering how long you will be in Santa Fe? We were in your area for the flea market.
    Judy and Bob Schmader