Lowrider season has begun in Santa Fe. What’s lowrider? They are incredible pieces of movable and functional art. These customized cars are individually painted with intricate and very colorful designs. They have created an entire sub category of painting called lowrider art.
In addition to the super cool colors and mural art, they rise, lower and even jump up and down. Hydraulic or air bag systems allow the driver to make these cars come alive.
Kids in the 50s who could not afford a high-powered muscle car opted to go ‘Low & Slow’. To differentiate their cars, they began to murals, then to add hydraulic to lower and raise their rides. One ups men ship took hold and the creative race was on.
On several weekends this summer the guys and gals will be bringing their lowriders to Santa Fe for shows. These are in the Santa Fe Railyard or around the Plaza. These shows are one of many free public events which makes summer in Santa Fe not to be missed.
Santa Fe Footprints offers historic walking and hiking tours. After a fun day of touring, relax in one of the restaurants overlooking the Plaza, sip a local brew and watch a lowrider or two cruise the Plaza.
Adobe Wall with tile window
After walking on Canyon Road and taking in the art galleries walk down Garcia Street. Here you will encounter many of the charming old abobe houses that make up the Historic District. Stop and admire the unique walls, doors and windows. Stop in and have a coffee at Downtown Subscription. After your refreshment, browse Garcia Street Books for an interesting book about Santa Fe. Proceed up Acequia Madre street. View the Mother Ditch irrigation cannel which provided life giving water to the old city of Santa Fe. Turn left on to Delgado Street and stole back to Canyon Road.
It’s spring and that means the record snow fall is melting. A wet spring and the melting snow means the rivers and creek are raging. A perfect time to hike the Bandelier National Monument Falls Trail. Sunday was a sunny day. Not too warm and not cool. In short, just right for a hike.
I had heard from a guest on a Historic Tour that the Bandelier Fall were raging. Last year I twice tried to hike to the falls. The first attempt was stopped by rain and lighting. It’s not a good idea to be hiking in Frijoles canyon with heavy rain in the mountains behind you. Evidence of flash floods are plainly visible. The second attempt was frustrated by a lack of water. Frijoles Creek was almost dry so there was no point in hiking to the falls.
This trip the water was roaring over the falls. First and 80 foot drop followed by a 40 foot drop. Quite a spectacular sight! On the hike back the cool waters looks so inviting I just had to take off my boots and dip my toes in the cool refreshing waters.
Bandelier National Monument is just one of the many delights that are only 30 minutes from Santa Fe. It’s just one of the items that make this city a great place to live or visit.
Coyote Cafe Kitchen
The culinary scene is one of Santa Fe’s most attractive features. Friday night we decided to go out and sample one of Santa Fe’s best, Coyote Cafe. We chose to be seated at the counter were we had a clear view into the open kitchen. I believe this is the best seat in the house. It can be a bit warm but the show is well worth it. It was fascinating to watch Aldo and Bryan they cooked, flamed, danced around, joked, called out ‘Mayday’ and as they prepared fabulous meals. We watched as they created my Elk and her lobster while pans rattled and flames shot high. Both dishes were unbelievable. These seats are not the place for intimate conversations but show is unbeatable.
After taking an Historic Walking Tour we at Santa Fe Footprints provide a list of recommended restaurants and Coyote Cafe is high on the list.
Well, Ski Santa Fe’s closing day is April 14th. I did my final ski day for the 2019 season on Monday, April 8, and slush was the word. Now, any day skiing is a good ski day, but slush is a sign that the ski season is coming to a close.
It’s time to put away the ski duds and start thinking of Hiking the fantastic trails around Santa Fe. Historic tours are also a great way to enjoy this amazing city.
To all you ski bums who are a bit bummed like me , remember next year is not far away and the snow will be better than ever !