Above/featured: northbound on I-25 to Santa Fe – 8 Oct 2018 (6D1).
From different parts of the continent, we flew in and out of Santa Fé, which served admirably and comfortably as our base for a couple of day trips to Taos and Abiquiú (Georgia O’Keeffe Country). These would kick off our two-week drive through the American Southwest.
But Santa Fé is also important for these reasons:
• Established in 1610 as the seat of governance for province of New México within colonial territory Viceroyalty of New Spain.
• Oldest continuously inhabited state/territorial capital city in the continental United States.
• Near the northern terminus of 16th-century Spanish colonial Royal Road (Camino Real) from México City.
• Western terminus of the 19th-century pioneer Santa Fé Trail from Franklin, Missouri.
• Key destination in the original configuration of 20th-century highway US route-66.
• A delicious, flavourful, and spicy introduction to New Mexican cuisine.
Mi Santa Fé: colores y sabores
Our time in Santa Fé may have been relatively brief, but the city’s colours and flavours delivered a deep lasting impression.
Scenic Byway to Santa Fe Ski Basin
With our taxi driver’s suggestion planted in our heads the previous day, we drive out of the city on the Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway (NM-475) and up into the mountains to see the fall colours in the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Based on deep golden yellows, the appearance of autumn colours explains why the area is also called Aspen Basin. It also explains why other residents and visitors have come up to see these beautiful fall colours.
The Farmers’ Market is held at the city’s Railyard every Saturday with additional Tuesdays and Wednesdays during peak season; check online listings for updates. The Railyard Artisan Market occurs every Sunday inside the Market Pavilion. With the onset of fall, we were surrounded by a vegetal sight of reds, browns, and deep orange colours, and the comforting tastes and smells of bread, honey, lavender, and spice.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most important modern American artists who in 1949 moved from New York City to New Mexico where she stayed until her death in 1986. Housing the largest collection of her art in the world, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is a place to see her work, and to learn about her life, her influences, and her impact and influence on art and society. It’s my belief that getting to know Georgia O’Keeffe provides a better understanding of both Santa Fé and New Mexico.
Posa’s and the Bite
Posa’s El Merendero
I’d read about Posa’s: a family-run operation specializing in the production, marketing, and sales of tamales, chile rellenos, and burritos. With hunger leading the way shortly after our arrival in the city, we drove out to their tamale factory location on Rodeo Road and gawked at their extensive menu. Casual, relaxed, and a complete lack of hipster pretension combined for a meal so delicious that we came back a second time a few days later. (There’s another Posa’s location on Zafarano Drive.)
Santa Fe Bite
New Mexico is very well known for their (red and green) chiles, and there’s every reason to use chiles as a relish or (generous) garnish on a freshly grilled burger. The green-chile cheeseburger is also famous in the state and in the state capital, which meant we simply could not leave the city without trying one. At Santa Fe Bite, the interior feel combines the best of a casual diner and family-run restaurant with motifs of American-drive highway-66 culture mixed with images of dinosaurs for kids of all ages. But once the meal arrives at the table and there’s that first bite, all else is forgotten, and attention is solely diverted to the burger: you beauty! (The former location at Old Santa Fe Trail closed, with a new location opening in 2019 at St. Michaels Drive, just off Cerrillo Road.)
• Gotta mention Taco Fundación for their tacos al pastor, tacos de lengua, and their fish tacos.
Except for the top/featured photo I made with a Canon 6D mark1 (6D1), I got all other photos on 5, 8, 9, and 11 October 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime. Thanks to AB for making this memorable trip possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-fDW.