This morning we woke up with an old song tune in our heads. “Do you know the way to Santa Fe”. Or something like that. So we packed up the house on wheels and headed to Santa Fe. It was a long arduous trip of a whopping 61 miles.
When we got there we high tailed it into town and added another State Capital Building picture to our collection. New Mexico’s capital building is round, brown and flat on top-definitely not one of more stately ones we have photographed. It is also surrounded by trees which makes it impossible to get the entire building in a picture. Nearby is the Mission of San Miguel of Santa Fe, one of the oldest churches in the country circa 1610. An adobe house across the street from the church claims to be the oldest house in the country – but that would depend on one’s definition of a house. Pueblos were houses to those who lived in them and they are much older. In our travels we have found it interesting, and often amusing, that anything can claim to be the biggest, oldest, highest, deepest or any other “est” without substantiating their claim. For example, many claim their grandchildren are the brightest but we know that isn’t true, since ours is the brightest.
We headed for Santa Fe Community College in hopes of seeing the Transit of Venus on their telescopes to complete the trifecta of celestial events, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, and the Transit of Venus. For those of you who don’t have their heads in the sky, the Transit is when Venus passes across the disk of the sun. This is a big deal in that only seven such events have occurred since the invention of the Telescope (1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874, 1882, 2004). After today’s event the next one will happen on Wayne’s 168th Birthday, December 11, 2117. If we had missed today’s we don’t really think we will be around to see the next one. The Community College had several telescopes set up for public viewing. A little after 4PM Venus made her entrance as an itty bitty little dot on the face of the solar disk. Not much fanfare but exciting none the less. Got a couple pictures by putting the camera against the telescope’s eye piece. Not the best quality but it gets the point across.
Following that amazing sight we headed for a local casino advertising a 2 for 1 buffet. We lost $1.40 in the slots but had a great dinner for a total of $15.
We usually think of American Civil War battles being fought in the eastern part of our country but our campground just south of Santa Fe is not far from the site of the Battle of Glorieta Pass. The battle, fought in March 1862, was the decisive battle of the New Mexico Campaign. Dubbed the “Gettysburg of the West” by some authors, it was intended as the killer blow by Confederate forces to break the Union possession of the West along the base of the Rocky Mountains. Eventually, the Confederates had to withdraw entirely from the territory. Glorieta Pass thus represented the peak of the campaign.
Saw a dentist’s office called Adventure Dental and a place called Gremlin Computers. We also saw a bakery somewhere along the way called Rolling in Dough.
License plates spotted – Wayne found West Virginia on a truck so only Rhode Island and Delaware are left to find.