New Mexico / Colorado

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Santa Fe 1

Boyd at the Railyard Our first stop in New Mexico was Albuquerque, where we again stayed at the Elk's Lodge. We spent a couple of days exploring the City, including Some very good brewpubs such as Kelly's and Marble.

Moving on to Santa Fe, we found a nice (if overpriced) RV Resort where we decided to stay for a month only a few miles from the center of town. We had a great time the first Saturday at the Bockfest, held at the Santa Fe Brewing Company. Sunday we went to the Second Street Brewery at the Railyard, where they had a small music festival. That afternoon I got a call from Jim and Karen, the friends we met at Meteor Crater. They were on their way and wanted to meet up with us for a day or two (it turned into more than a week!). I gave them our camp info and we had a great party when they arrived.

After a day of recovery, we took a side trip with them up to Ojo Caliente, a well-known natural Hot-springs and Spa, to relax a bit. Very nice place with extensive mineral (and Mud) baths. The following night we celebrated Jim's 55th birthday by rockin out the campground with a guitar jam session.


CCCC Brewing Jim and Karen were thinking about heading towards home (Florida), but when we told them about the Red River Rally near Taos on Memorial Day Weekend, they decided to tag along. We took the rigs to a very friendly campground in Eagle's Nest, about 18 miles from Red River. We spent several days at the Rally and riding around the beautiful "Enchanted Circle", including a ride out to Cimmaron and the "Cold Beer" Bar, and a longer ride to Mora and Taos.

At the Rally we re-connected with some people we met in Scottsdale who now own the Three-Bears Lodge. They had once owned a Macaw, and their daughter who was serving at one of the Biker-bars recognized Boyd from their description and directed us to the lodge. We had a good time watching the Rally from their porch. We also had a very nice visit with Gunther and his wife who live in Taos, another couple we had met earlier in Cottonwood.

After one last night of partying with Jim and Karen (and our new friend Ralph), and the requisite day recovering, they headed on to Florida, and we headed back to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe 2

Bellydancing Now back in Santa Fe, we spent several days running some overdue errands and maintenance on the truck. We did explore the city a bit more, and made some friends at the Cowgirl Bar, including Jennifer (the belly-dancer), Tom (the photographer and gallery owner), and Todd (the pirate). Tom and I went to a great Blues Jam at the El Farol Tuesday night, and went to see Jennifer perform at the Pyramid Cafe on Friday, followed by some more blues (with my favorite Bass Player from the Blues Jam, Jenn) at the Ore House. Also took a quick ride out to Madrid (pronounced MA-drid).

Kim and I were both a bit under the weather for a while, partially due to the incredible amount of smoke choking New Mexico from wild-fires in Arizona.

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