So, we’re home from Santa Fe but I’m beat. I’m not even entirely sure why, since David did all the driving while I slept in the car, but we got home at 2 a.m. Poor dear, he left for the airport at 4 a.m. so it was a very short night but he said it was worth it because it was a great trip.
The eclipse was a great experience; we viewed it from a mountain top in Santa Fe National Forest with about 50 other people. It was really cool to see how clever people were in designing ways to see the eclipse. One guy brought a small telescope and white board, another guy brought binoculars on a tripod which he projected onto a white board. Interesting, the best image was from a monocular mounted on a tripod with a grocery sack to create shade and projected onto a piece of brown cardboard. It was so clear that we could even see sun spots. Another lady brought a welding mask and some had special glasses. The best part was how everyone was very excited but also very generous about sharing their equipment so others could view. The lady with the welding mask was walking through the crowd asking people if they wanted to look, even at the moment of total eclipse when you could see the ring of fire. At that moment, the whole crowded started to clap and cheer; it was really fun. All in all a great experience and definitely worth the late night getting home.
Santa Fe was also a very cool place. We actually stayed out in Los Alamos because we were using hotel points, but that was neat because it meant we were near Bandelier National Monument and got to hike out and see the Anasazi cliff dwellings, which are very cool. We also enjoyed walking through the old parts of Santa Fe and splurged a little on Indian art.
I’ll post more once I get a chance to clear up the debris from the trip and look through the probably 400 photos we took this weekend to see what I have.
Hope you all had a great weekend too.