Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Long Weekend in Santa Fe

We hope you all had a great weekend!

We had a thoroughly enjoyable one.  After a busy week at Habitat,
we got the entire three day weekend off.

Pam and I celebrated by taking our wash over to the Laundromat and getting a couple of loads done.  Yikes - we checked two locations and both were $2.75 a load!

Next we had a great meal at Los Amigos Restaurant which is a small restaurant near the Rodeo Grounds.  It has to be some of the best New Mexican food in town.  We had tostadas and it really hit the spot.

On Saturday, Reid and Amy arrived for a weekend stay at the Roadrunner.  It didn't take long to meet Paul, Tom and Ray here at the Rodeo Grounds.
After lunch, we stopped by the nearby Verizon store and I got a Verizon MiFi.  My connection speed has not been all that impressive here and I am not sure how well my two year old Autonet Mobile solution was going to do as we head north.  The MiFi works great and has a stronger signal with more bandwidth.

After the Verizon store we took Reid and Amy for a tour of the two Habitat worksites to show them what we have been doing all week.  Next, we went by the house where we grew up.  It appeared to be in pretty good shape compared to other times we have seen it.
Mom and Dad bought this in 1965 for $17,000.  We spent all summer putting in a great lawn in the front and back yards.  The big weeping willow tree in the front yard is no longer there.  Times have changed.

On Sunday, we decided to stay put at the Roadrunner Chapel and listen to a good sermon on the internet from Ken Boa's series on the book of Hebrews.  Then we packed a lunch and took a drive to Hyde State Park and the Santa Fe Ski Basin.
We were up over 10,000 feet and looked down on Santa Fe and the Sandia Mountains which are 75 miles away.  It was a beautiful drive up and down the mountain.

We had packed a lunch and went to the downtown Santa Fe area where we found a picnic table on the County Courthouse lawn.  After that, we walked across the street to the Sweeney Convention Center to the Indian Art Festival show (known as Native Treasures).  That was quite a treat.  From the classic to the contemporary, we saw jewelry, sculptures, paintings, carvings and a lot more.  Very impressive!

Next, we headed home and had fajitas for dinner.  While dinner was being made, I called AppleCare.  My MacBook has been getting hung up.  Especially when I load pictures and /or work on the blog.
Turns out I had a permissions issue in my Mac OS and the install disk I have been carrying around was scratched so I could not reinstall.  I set up an appointment with the Apple Store in Albuquerque, then we ate.
After dinner, we got set up at the Roadrunner Lanes for a Wii Bowling tournament.  That was a lot of fun, but Pam and I got smoked by Reid and Amy!

On Memorial Day, we drove to the Santa Fe National Cemetery and got there early.  They were setting up for the activities including an address by the governor.  We found our parents site.
Next, we went to the far end of the property and found where Uncle Don and Aunt Mary were laid to rest.
It looks like they are changing from the upright to the flat head stones.

After that, we went back to the coach, got my laptop and headed to Albuquerque.  Pam stayed with Amy while Reid and I went over to the Apple Store.  I upgraded to Snow Leopard.  I have been regularly backing up things in Time Machine and was able to load everything back onto my laptop.  I even took my MiFi and checked it out there.  Everything is working well now and I am very pleased.

While the 3 hour install and backup / restore job was running, we met Pam and Amy at Trader Joe's for lunch.  After that we finished up at the Apple Store, stopped by Reid and Amy's house and then drove back to the Santa Fe Rodeo grounds.
We sat around with Paul, Tom and Cathy, and Ray for a little while hearing how everyone else spent their weekend.  We had leftovers for dinner and called it a day.

It was a long and wonderful weekend in Santa Fe!  Hope yours was too!
Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Please stop by again.  And have a great week!


  1. Phew-you are keeping busy. Must be hot there. It has been over 90 here everyday, and I get tired just walking around.

  2. boy oh boy!..sounds like a 'relaxing weekend'!..you both sure made the most of the three days off!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Enjoyed reading about everything, especially your visit to your old family home. I did that a few time when in Duarte in Southern California, where I went to elementary schoolwith results that were not so encouraging. The house was purchased in 1953 for 11,000 and it is now very close to a slum. The neighborhood drive by was a bit scary. On a side note, I am using Google Chrome for blogger comments and so far it is working. Have been unable to comment with IE and Windows 7

  4. The rodeo grounds isn't the most scenic spot in SF but it's the best bargain by far! Glad you got the MiFi, I think you'll like it. It's been good to us (mostly), except in the hinterlands in canyons.

    Nice work you've been doing on the HFH house!

  5. Wow! You sure packed a lot into that weekend. Glad to see you got your Mac all fixed up and running well again. Santa Fe and surroundings was one of the highlights or our trip last year, just a beautiful area.

  6. Boy, you "roadrunners" did lots of zipping around last weekend! We were at Sante Fe many years ago, without the Hiker...I loved the downtown area square...Such a beautiful area surrounded by mountains!

  7. I love Sante Fe & Alburquerque... We also just got a Mifi and we are loving it!!! So fast and we love the 4G. It isn't everywhere but where it is it is fast!!! Have fun & Travel safe

  8. I spent many wonderful hours at the Ski Basin. One winter, I skied 103 times.