10 March 2013
Two Days in Albuquerque
This past week, I had a conference in Albuquerque to attend. One last small road trip before my new job starts on Monday! My daughter went with me and spent the time while I was in seminars exploring Old Town Albuquerque. After a day of listening to speakers, I joined her for an evening stroll and dinner. The golden adobe walls just seem to absorb light and glow in the evening hours. Even this corner of a building where the surface has flaked away to reveal the inner layer is beautiful!
I loved seeing the old San Felipe De Neri church. It has been in existence since 1706! The outer garden was lovely.
I loved the lights on the veranda.
From a side street, the matched spires shone beautifully against the evening sky.
It was fun to walk down the little side streets in Old Town with their quirky architecture and decorations, all filled with little shops and restaurants. We had a wonderful dinner at the High Noon Restaurant & Saloon. The red chili cream sauce is to die for!
On the way down to Albuquerque, we stopped at Fort Union on the Santa Fe Trail. I've posted about it before... and found it just as impressive this second visit! The sky was an amazing deep blue on this day.
I love the sense of history one gets when walking down an old path ~ to walk where others throughout history have walked before. It's possible that such notable figures as Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith walked along here. In it's hey-day, Fort Union was a thriving community of 3,000 with tens of thousands more individuals passing through on their way to Santa Fe, Chihuahua, Mexico or on their way back to east.
Now it is a lonely spot, with just the wind whispering through the long open windows and doorways.
We also stopped at the Ludlow Massacre site, where 21 people including 2 women and 11 children lost their lives when hired militia attacked and set fire to a mining camp on the mine owner's requests because of the miner's demands for better working and living conditions. Ultimately, the massacre was what sparked enough outrage to change our country's labor laws. The standard 8 hour workday is one of the results.
Due to the threat of impending winter weather, we weren't able to make any stops on the way home. But once we arrived, we discovered that this amaryllis was in bloom! They were a gift to my mother from my sister a couple of Christmas's ago. After they bloomed then, my Mom continued to water and care for them, and since her passing, nearly a year ago, I have as well. Now they have re-bloomed!