We moved up from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. We had thought of moving on up into Colorado, but these cold fronts keeping dropping down and they continue to have snow storms up there. Even here in Santa Fe we have had a couple of nights below freezing. We are in a State that borders Mexico; where is Spring?
On our way out of Albuquerque we stopped at a Cummins shop for some routine maintenance and checks, before we start tracing the Rocky Mountains. Most everything seemed to be in order, but we were a little low on coolant. Not sure where it went as we haven’t seen any sign of any leaks so it will have to be something for us to watch.
We did a walking tour of Santa Fe, the capitol of New Mexico. We often use Frommers.com for our walking tours as we have had good success with them. Our first stop was the Capitol Building, or Roundhouse, the only round capitol building in the United States. We entered the building thinking that we likely could not tour it. We were quite surprised that with just a quick sign in and without even passing through a metal detector, we were able to tour most all of the building even right past the entrance to the Governor’s office. The round design seemed very efficient. There is a center hub to the building with an open atrium to a skylight ceiling with hallway spokes from the outer ring to the inner ring all covered with artwork, and mostly from New Mexican artists. We happened in at the time of a special exhibit of contemporary fiber art.
The history of Santa Fe is strongly influenced by the Indian Pueblo culture predating and combined with the Spanish influence of the 1500 and 1600s. In the early 1900s Santa Fe imposed a unified building style of the “Spanish Pueblo Revival” look. Meanwhile many artists streamed into the area to paint the adobe style and the soaring landscapes of the surrounding mountains. There are hundreds of art galleries in this city of fewer than 100,000 people.