driving to Santa Fe 2012

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21 Apr 2012 05:53 #22640 by jhcarlady
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It great weather for today?s tour, which lead us to Bandelier National Monument with a boxed lunch. We continued to the Bradbury Museum and Los Alamos National Laboratory. There are six cars on tour, two Auburns , one L29 Cord and three 810 Cords, the remainder of the group is following driving modern. The oldest car on tour is a 1930 L29Cord. There are 2 speedsters, a 1931 speedster, and our 1935 speedster. It is an awesome looking parade going down the road.


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22 Apr 2012 07:24 #22648 by jhcarlady
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We had breakfast this morning at Tecolote Caf? followed by a drive into Santa Fe, parking around the square at the plaza. Several of us went on a guided bus tour of the city showing us the Historical buildings and the art district along with some contemporary homes. Lunch was at a highly recommended caf?, followed by some serious shopping. Limited space does not always limit shopping: most will ship. Watching my friend negotiate the price down on the treasures we found, was a real education. We walked to the Georgia O?Keefe Museum. By the time we were finished looking through the museum, all the cars had left the square. We drove back to the hotel and got ready for a trip to a private residence and the Country Club for our banquet. The guest of honor was Denise Mc Cluggage of early auto racing and journalism (Auto Week) fame. She spoke about some of her experiences in racing. On the way home, one of the cars ran out of gas, and our gracious hosts helped us get them back by siphoning gas out of one of their cars and bringing it back to us! Then, they lead us back to the hotel. We continued the evening in the hospitality suite, recalling fond memories of the day and bidding each other farewell.



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22 Apr 2012 13:47 #22651 by Bill Hummel
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I want to see what you and Mike won during the mini-meet. Congratulations!

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23 Apr 2012 00:34 #22658 by jhcarlady
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Bill, The blanket is buried, and won't be dug out until we get home. I will post it, in it's new home, once we get home.

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23 Apr 2012 03:37 #22660 by jhcarlady
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We left Santa Fe around 9:30 this morning after saying our goodbyes. We traveled north to Taos, NM. There were many familiar sites for most of the morning, adobe houses, coyote fences, and the camel mountains. As we neared Taos, there were increasing artist?s galleries and casinos. We traveled on winding, mountainous roads. Once in Taos we asked some locals at lunch what there was to do. They directed us to the nearby plaza where we shopped for a little while. We returned to our parking lot to be shoed away from our car by the guard, who wasn?t aware it was our car he was watching. After thanking us for parking there and attracting customers for him, he gave us a map and directed us to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (called the Bridge to Nowhere when it was built in 1965, because there was not enough funding to continue the road on the other side). This bridge is 650? above the Rio Grande and 1200? across. There were street vendors parked to the side of the road. It was just like a little Hershey, only they were selling Indian Jewelry instead of car parts, we negotiated for a lesser price just like Hershey.
We back tracked to Taos under angry skies, and decided to take the Enchanted Circle to the east. As we climbed and wound through the mountains, we were rained on and the temperature got drastically colder, but we continued without putting the top up. We finally approached a hotel at Eagles Nest Lake and decided we should stop for the night. There was a car at the hotel, but the door was locked, but there was a sign that said to ring the bell. We are the only ones staying at the hotel other than the attendant. (and he just left) We then backtracked to find a restaurant; that was closed as well. We saw a pizza sign and decided that would do. We entered the small restaurant, another couple was sitting at a table and there was one other table left so we sat there. The owner took our order and talked to us continuously while making our order. She let us know that the temperature drops drastically at night here in the mountains and that it would probably be in the mid twenties tonight?so Mike drained the radiator into the hotel wastebaskets as soon as we returned to our hotel. She also let us know that if we had continued to the next town we would have been at a much lower elevation and won?t have froze.

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24 Apr 2012 03:28 #22668 by jhcarlady
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We saw a huge variety of scenery today. We continued through the mountains and the most remainder of the scenic loop around Taos, then continued east through the farmlands of New Mexico into Texas and finally into Oklahoma. There were oil and natural gas compression wells, cattle lots and dairies, huge irrigation rigs, and a variety of crop farming. Many of the irrigation rigs were 18 to 20 sections long. They were drilling at least four new oil wells along the route. We saw crop dusting planes, and numerous cattle ranches. One dairy had 17 tanker trucks and went for miles. They were constructing some new dairy barns. We saw a variety of different crop farms. They were already bailing the first cutting of hay. We drove for miles without seeing a town and had to be very careful to get gas and bathroom breaks when available. Coincidentally we stopped a one of the same towns for lunch as we did on the way here, and stopped at the same Subway.
The weather change is drastic. Last night?s low was 26 and tonight?s low is supposed to be 64. This morning there were ice crystals on the car cover. By noon we had shed our coats. Tommorrow?s high is supposed to be 96.
I have included a picture of a plane that we saw today; Can you identify the plane? We will give the answer tomorrow.
We drove by a couple of windmill farms as well as a windmill museum. One of the windmill farms was close to the road and we were able to get close up pictures and could hear the hum of the blades.
Our stop for the night is in Woodward, OK. This is one of the towns that was hit by a tornado about a week ago. There were six people killed in it. We will be driving by the damage tomorrow on our way out of town.





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