(Santa Fe NM)
Went to Santa Fe for some gallery hopping, and sightseeing (eeek). Lots of old stuff, and newly made to look old. There were tons of things to see and do, many with a fee.
I started at Museum Hill where there was a series of five museums. Visited the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian that had an exhibit of photographs, and Museum of Indian Art & Culture with displays explaining the history of natives in the southwest. Skipped others for another time.
Then went for a stroll along Canyon Road which had boutiques, cafés and a slew of art galleries. Lots of individual artists, and a wide variety of styles. When finished, I was a bit warn out; so I headed to a camp for the night.
The next morning, I went down to the Plaza to browse galleries and shops, and walk around. Way too much to see in a short time; would require many days. Missed lots of things like the Georgia O’Keefe Museum which I’ll have to see the next time.
On one side of the Plaza was the Palace of Governors which had native artisans hawking their creations. Seems to be a long established tradition. It was early, and there were still venders setting up. There were parking fee meters everywhere.
Visited the New Mexico Museum of Art which had a nice variety of past and present. From a Thomas Moran landscape to Chicano photographs, sculpture gardens, and a Judy Chicago show of works done in New Mexico. Also, peeked into the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. And, walked by the Cathedral Basilica of St.Francis, built in the late 1800s in a French-Baroque style.
Across town at the Railyard included the train depot and more art galleries. The artwork there was what I call industrial contemporary; large pieces and mostly non-objective or abstract. There were also antiques, performance theatre, micro-brewery, REI sporting goods, an Artisan Market, restaurants, shops, etc.
Camped at the state park in the mountains a few miles north of town for a couple nights. Fall colors were on display. Thanks to the Annual Camping Pass, my stay was free and included a picnic table, grill and fire ring.
Camp: Hyde Memorial SP
Scene: Museums, galleries, historic buildings, forest