Santa Fe: Road Trip 2011

The older I get, the more I like places I have been — and I return, year after year.  I love Santa Fe:

The places I stay at get nicer and nicer, too . . . .  as in, do I really need a Wolf range in my rental?  And Asko appliances?  And radiant floor heating?  Well, probably not — but it’s Santa Fe, and I like my comfort.  This trip I decided to stay on East Palace Avenue, pretending to myself that I could afford the neighborhood:

The old Palace Grocery, currently on the market for $900,000, in case anyone needed space for an art gallery (what else?), a restaurant, a coffee shop.  I suppose the possibilities could be endless.  Me?  I would love to live in it.

From my favorite stonemason and ceramic artist — Joshua Kalkstein and Stacy Guinan of Clay + Stone, on Canyon Road.

And on to Trinidad for a quick stop at the Safeway — and across the parking lot?  A church located in a quonset hut, of course.

South of Pueblo, a wind turbine . . . .

. . . . and the Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel “mini-mill,” owned by a Russian steel corporation.  The short story: Colorado Coal and Iron Company, a Bessemer steel plant, joined with Colorado Fuel Company to form Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I), the infamous company responsible for the Ludlow Massacre.  Part of the old plant site is now owned by the Bessemer Historical Society and houses the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture as well as the CF&I archives.

In Pueblo, we stayed at the Edgar Olin House Bed and Breakfast, where a wardrobe is not always what it appears to be :


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