Day trip to Santa Fe

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We took a day trip up to Santa Fe with Matt (Mary’s brother) and Laura and their sons David and Michael. I was last here as a child and wanted to relive those memories.

One of the things I remembered was the Loretto Chapel.

Loretto Chapel

It is known for the circular staircase that leads up to the choir loft.

Spiral staircase

It appears to be free standing, with no visible support. In truth, it has a internal structure that acts essentially as a beam. The stairway originally had not banister either, though the sisters had one added fairly soon, as it was too frightening without one. There is a digitally edited photograph beside the stair showing what it would have looked like without the banister.

I think I prefer it this way

The “mystery” of the stairs also states that the builder was unknown, and ascribes the construction to Joseph. There have been suggestions to who the carpenter¬†was though.

The Apse is quite impressive as well.

Apse

We also walked around the plaza.

The plaza with artists

Several Native American artists over their wares at the Palace of the Governors.

Lots of jewelry options

The Palace of the Governors was Spain’s seat of government for the southwest. These days, the New Mexican seat of government is the Roundhouse. It was designed to resemble the Zia Sun Symbol when viewed from above.

Capital of New Mexico

We then went to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The only picture I have is from the outside, as photos are not allowed within the museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

While there, a docent presented a talk covering O’Keeffe’s life and her artwork, describing her evolution as an artist. Her talk made our visit much more enjoyable as we could better appreciate the exhibits and artwork.

One of the exhibits was of her camping gear, the tent, bedding, kitchen equipment and other gear. Interesting to compare how she traveled to how we do.

We had a great day seeing Santa Fe and spending the day with our family.

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