My buddy T-Rob out of Oklahoma was in town last week for some r&r. I was able to have some snowy peaks waiting for him. As of this writing, Sandia Peak still has a 42 inch base.
Although the peaks were snowy, in town it was mild and in the 50's. Perfect for a trip to the Rio Grande Zoo & Biological Park.
On this visit, we would head north to Santa Fe, Taos and the northern frontier.
I really like the pueblo and Spanish Colonial architecture that has been preserved in Santa Fe. Sadly, Albuquerque has leveled most of its historic buildings outside of 'Old Town'.
If you happen to make it to Santa Fe, the 'plaza' is a must. Just off the plaza is a chapel called Loretto Chapel. It is a revered chapel because of the folklore of its famed 'miracle stairway'.
The stairway has been the subject of legend and rumor, and the circumstances surrounding its construction and its builder [a mysterious 'carpenter'] are considered miraculous by the Sisters of Loretto and many visitors.
The story was the subject of the 1998 movie 'The Staircase' starring Barbara Hershey and William Petersen.