November 26-30, 2008:  Santa Fe, New Mexico

When my friend Judy invited me down to her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for Thanksgiving, I jumped at the chance.

I met Judy and her daughter Anna on the trip to Egypt that I just returned from, so it was good to spend some time reminiscing and looking at pictures.

While there, I got to enjoy some amazing New Mexico dishes, see a bit of the city, and spend some time with the Sand Hill Cranes down at Bosque del Apache Nature Preserve.  It was truly a fun-filled weekend, and I look forward to going back!

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The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

New Mexico landscape, looking north to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The tiny town of Madrid.

Maggie’s Diner, as seen in the movie “Wild Hogs”.

The road through Madrid.

The way to Sandia Park.







Overlook on the way to Sandia Park.

Judy’s house.

A lovely home with a welcoming courtyard.

And a great guest room!

My view of the New Mexico

What a great kitchen!







Sandia Park.

Joining a group of friends for Thanksgiving dinner.

While we ate, a nice snow fell outside.

Part of our amazing feast.

The house had a wading pool!

Arriving at Bosque del Apache park the next day.







There are supposedly
50,000 Snow Geese here.

A look at the cranes.

I loved the watery feel of the place.

Snow geese in flight.

The sunset was spectacular.

The sun broke through long enough for some amazing shots.







Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache







Bosque del Apache

Back in Santa Fe.

One of the quaint city streets.

The Loretto Chapel.

Loretto Chapel.

Home of the Miraculous Staircase.









The staircase was truly beautiful.

The Loretto Inn.

What would a trip to Santa Fe be without a visit to an art gallery?

Meeting the artists in the gallery.