4/20/15 Monday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)
Our best night of sleep yet!!! Must be all that walking. Plus I had lots of energy for my morning chores, even cleaning the floor. Ready to leave for Santa Fe and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum by 9:30. We took Hwy 14, a scenic byway and the shortest route from this campground.
Views along Hwy 14, The Turquoise Trail, called this because of all the turquoise mined along this area.
In Santa Fe we couldn’t find any free parking, just street meters and paid lots so we relented and paid $4 for 2 hours at a nearby lot on Grant St. Nice, small museum ($12/person), where I could take photos in the first 4 galleries! The images of Georgia are by Stieglitz, her husband and famous photographer. We watched a video that showed even more of her work, along with explaining her life.
We had 45 minutes to find a place, eat and return to our car. We walked .3 miles up Palace Ave to Palacio Cafe (only breakfast and lunch menus). Small, filled by the time we’d received our sandwich (Taos Style). That sandwich was AWESOME! So flavorful, juicy, with melt in your mouth roast beef, provolone, green chilies, caramelized onions. All on a grilled panini sourdough bread. Splitting was good, half the sandwich was just fine.
As we were relaxing after supper I got a text from my sister: “We’re in Santa Fe. Where are you?” Sheesh! I had to reply that we’d just visited Santa Fe today!! We got our heads together and figured, since we’re both heading along I-40 to Las Vegas, although at different tempos, we’ll meet in Flagstaff later to visit the Grand Canyon together. Yipee!!