Day trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a Epic Fail in the Mountains

– [Robert] In today’s video, we are going to explore Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then get lost in the Rocky Mountains ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding with my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free in my RV ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ Let’s begin by driving up to Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital I’m starting to see some adobe-style buildings, so we must be getting close Actually, let’s park right here Well, here I parked $2 an hour, not too bad Hotel made to look like an ancient pueblo Here we have the Loretto Chapel, famous for its miraculous spiral staircase which seems to defy the laws of physics We are going to see it here in a bit This was actually the first Gothic building west of the Mississippi, built in the 1870s It’s only $3 to see it, so that’s reasonable Nowadays, the chapel only works as a museum and for special events, like weddings (religious music) – [Announcer] We would like to give a special thanks to the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and their music director, Lawrence Bandfield – [Robert] There, there’s the miraculous stair in the back The fact that it has no central pole to support it is what makes it so peculiar It is also supposed to be a remarkable feat of woodworking, especially with the crude hand tools of the era in which it was constructed (religious music) – [Announcer] The Loretto Academy operated on this property His miraculous stairway is 23 1/2 feet high – [Robert] Here we have another look at the Gothic facade, and this nice park here with all the wind spinners I continue walking around, admiring all the quirky art everywhere I think maybe I made a scheduling mistake again because the town is pretty much deserted Here was my plan: I’d see a bit of Santa Fe in the morning, then have lunch, and then go to the Taos Pueblo, which is about an hour 1/2 away I think maybe I should have reversed it, and done Taos in the morning, and then Santa Fe in the afternoon when it is more lively It seems like it might be a really touristy area at the right time, which is not right now Here’s the Santa Fe Plaza Check it out, an old GMC I love those old motor homes I continue walking around the plaza, admiring all the adobe-style buildings This one in particular is the Palace of the Governors, with some Native American craft vendors outside Inside, it is a museum, but I didn’t feel like paying for the full tour Not in the museum mood today It is actually the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States, believed to have been constructed in around 1610 Lots of Native American crafts and lots of museums in this area (crow calling) I continue walking around, wandering into

these interior patios here This one, a shop called The Rainbow Man Here is one of the restaurants that I’m actually considering for lunch later today Let’s go and see the cathedral This building here with colorful columns is the Contemporary Native American Art Museum And, there it is, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, commonly known as just the St. Francis Cathedral The Romanesque Revival building dates back to the 1880s, built on the site of an older adobe-style church, which was called La Parroquia There is St. Francis, surrounded by all the saints of the New World Here’s the very ornate Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel (water flowing) Oh, yeah, that was the cathedral Very beautiful inside Let’s continue exploring It’s very quiet today here in Santa Fe But we’ll continue exploring We’ll see what we can find Diego de Vargas Zapata In this area, we encounter a bunch of art galleries as we walk towards Canyon Road, which is supposedly an artsy neighborhood around here Here we have the New Mexico School for the Arts How appropriate, huh? It turns out, however, that people don’t usually go out to look at art in the morning Who would have thought? This Canyon Road is listed as one of the top things to do here in Santa Fe It’s very, very, very eerie feeling that there’s nobody on the streets, absolutely no one Oh, I’ve seen the real ones all over the place here in the city Apparently, this is the river down there

But the river is kind of frozen here This is the famous Desert Inn, where the Santa Fe Bite is located, but I’m gonna go somewhere– This is a government building, the New Mexico State Land Office Oh, here we have it, the Mexico State Capitol building Let’s continue exploring There is what is called the Family Sculpture here in front of the capitol, also called the Roundhouse It’s becoming a little more lively as the day progresses Well, if you are into colorful Native American garments, there is plenty of that here The Chili House Let’s go find something to eat, with chiles in it, preferably I don’t know Oh, that Casa Sena place looked fancy, so let’s check out The Shed one more time Well, I’m gonna begin with a local IPA, as it is my tradition now It is very nice here, good service I am having the carne adovada Very spicy Okay, let’s go Well, off we go That was by far the spiciest meal I’ve ever had Let’s get back to the car Funny thing, as I get ready to leave town, it is getting livelier around here They even have live mariachi music at the plaza now But wait, that’s “La Bikina,” one of my favorite Mexican songs There’s something about the cadence and the harmonic progressions and the rhythm Yeah (mariachi music) Well, as much as I am enjoying the music, I’m gonna have to get going I’ve got more stuff to show you How about we go to the oldest house, not only here in Santa Fe, but in the whole entire United States? The oldest house in the USA, from 1646 We enter through the gift shop This section here is an 800-year-old adobe house Although the tree rings date the house to about 1646, it is believed this part of the structure itself might be older, even dating back to the 1200s This is what it must have looked like back in the day There’s a coffin, of course That was the oldest house in the USA How cool is that? Serendipitously, I just happened to pass by it – [Announcer] Taos Pueblo may close within one hour of when you arrive Head southeast on East De Vargas Street toward Orchard Drive

There, I knew I should have done Taos Pueblo earlier, but, now I’ve got less than an hour Well, I changed my mind We are not going to Taos after all Perhaps another trip Actually, a viewer recommended this place in the mountains called Tent Rocks, so I’m going to try and make it there This is called Los Alamos They just asked me for my ID Hm This laboratory here is something Of course, Los Alamos You know, where they invented the atomic bomb? I was just oblivious when I passed the checkpoint Who knows what kind of secret military stuff they’re making here these days? By the way, we are really going up in elevation here More research should have gone into this, for sure There, some local wildlife So cool My altimeter says that we are 8,000 feet above sea level Then 8,900 We are really way up here This is called Valle Grande Of course, we still have quite a bit of snow here on the side of the road Yep All right, let’s continue I’m supposed to turn left here, but I think we may have a problem The road seems to be closed Yeah, that’s a fail of epic proportions after so much driving, but, hey, at least we got to see the snow and the mountains and the pretty scenery, and the highest old Kia has ever been, for sure Let’s go back to Albuquerque Actually, the RV park is in a suburb called Bernalillo Now going through the Jemez Pueblo here Yeah, we’re stuck behind a school bus Our luck We’ll be there soon The sight of the Sandia Mountains means we are getting really close I would love to show you Albuquerque today, but I have so much to show you, we are going to do that on the next video If you have enjoyed traveling with us, make sure you are subscribe and check out my other videos Also, share it with your friends, spread the word and leave me a comment Now, if you really, really liked it, you have a chance to show your support at patreon.com/travelingrobert As always, thank you so much for watching, and see you on the road