The drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes a little over an hour. We did that on Saturday because we wanted to go and see the City Different one more time before we head east and into Texas. We picked a good day. It was warm and sunny.
On our way down Cerrillos Road into town, I noticed how different things are each time we visit. Way back when (1960's), there were no Walmarts. The Yucca and Pueblo Drive-Ins are long gone. Henry's Hamburgers isn't there. The Holiday Inn is now a Day's Inn. The A&W Rootbeer stand is gone. Ashbaugh Park, where we played league baseball, seemed so much bigger. The Indian School and NM School for the Deaf have had major facelifts and campus building programs. VIP's Restaurant is gone and replaced by a new McDonalds.
But there were some familiar landmarks like the Silver Saddle Motel and Lamplighter Inn. The White Swan Laundry building is still there. And Oddfellows Hall looks much the same as it did long ago and still well maintained.
We saw that there was a lot of people and booths up over near the Railyards area at Paseo De Peralta and Guadalupe St. This has been an area of town that just had a series of old warehouses and empty buildings. Not now. It is busier that ever. With the terminus of the Railrunner there, lots of businesses and shops and restaurants are nearby.
We also walked over to the Artist Market.
Reid and Amy were in town also and they joined us for lunch. We found a pizza place on the portico of what used to be Woolworth's, on the south side of the Plaza.
Santa Fe Indian Market or the Santa Fe Fiesta. Those draw 150,000 (or more) people each year. For a city of 60,000 that means it is a crowded on the Plaza and not something we'd jump into.
It was another fun day in Santa Fe. We could have spent days there and seen a lot more like previous visits. I'm sure we'll be back.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...