Saturday, May 9, 2015

Albuquerque and Santa Fe

From Albuquerque we drove Sunday to Cochiti Lake COE about half way between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  With our America the Beautiful card (old age pass), we pay $10 for water and electric in a newly renovated park. With Santa Fe RV parks charging $35 to $45 a night, staying at this COE has been our choice for many years when we come to visit our daughters and grands.

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Sunday afternoon we had a good visit with our grandson, his lovely wife and our great-granddaughter.  They were having a mini-vacation staying in a hotel room and enjoying a pool.

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Monday we drove back down to Albuquerque to have lunch with our friends, Bernie and Dodo R. who were in the area.  You know how it is with fulltime RVers….if you are within 100 miles you are close enough to meet.



We met at the Cooperage which is shaped as a barrel and is known for their prime rib.


The restaurant also has a wonderful salad bar. It is imposing sitting right in the middle of the restaurant with the salad fixings in pewter bowls sitting atop huge mounds of ice.

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We had a great visit, lingering a while and laughing a lot.


Tuesday we went into Santa Fe to have our visit with our daughters and son-in-law.  Traditionally we meet at our daughter’s apartment, have a meal and watch a movie.  There’s a lot of stopping of the movie to discuss something we saw or to talk about a memory we were just reminded of watching the movie.  There is always a lot of laughter and smiles.

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Christine made a delicious casserole with pasta, chicken and spinach. 



We brought a delectable Tuxedo Cake with cake, chocolate mousse and a thick chocolate glaze.


After lunch we drove to a park and took a nap then we went to dinner over to our buddies, Tim and Paulo. Tim does a great job barbecuing and we come over to their house when we drive up to Colorado.

Using new bbq grill

Chaps, Chico and Poncho get treats

Wonderful dinner, onions, chicken & asparagus

Chico balances himself on Chaps to get treats

Jim, Paulo and Tim

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Wednesday we went back into Santa Fe to take the family to breakfast to The Pantry. It’s a great place that is very popular and at 9 o’clock on a week day, the place was packed!  Food was fabulous with a lot of different breakfast offerings.

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We went back to the park and got things ready to move the next day, then drove back to Santa Fe to have dinner with our daughter’s parents-in-law.  We love going over to Luisa and Frank’s home.  Here everyone is helping to get dinner ready and then a photo of part of their creative home.

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Luisa and Frank are both professional potters and I love to go into their studio and see what they have created since last we met.

This is Luisa’s latest creation
The 5 pieces are hallow inside and nestle together perfectly. Love it!!!
Luisa used cooper wire to get the blackened area
Here are some more of her creations.

Frank is a real master at “throwing” pottery.  Here are some of his creations….just stunning.


Thursday we went to have coffee with Bernie and Dodo, who had moved from Albuquerque to join us at Cochiti Lake COE. 



They will be following us to Alamosa next week so we will see them again soon.



After coffee we took off for Espanola, where we will stay at Teddy and Birdie’s…..Tim’s Mom.  More tomorrow.

Remember, you are loved.


  1. We're thinking about going to Cochiti Lake next week but we don't have reservations. Do you know if there are usually non-reservable sites available? I was just wondering how full it is now. We'll probably try to arrive on Monday or Tuesday so we it will be less crowded. Thanks for any information you can give me.

    1. We got there on a Sunday and there was 3 electric sites available for our 38 ft rig, but we did see 4-5 sites also opened for smaller rigs. I'd give it a try.

    2. We got there on a Sunday and there was 3 electric sites available for our 38 ft rig, but we did see 4-5 sites also opened for smaller rigs. I'd give it a try.

  2. Thank you! I really appreciate the info.


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