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We aren’t living in Albuquerque, although that’s where I clearly left us in April on this blog.  I always seem to run out of blogging steam in the last weeks of a trip.  It’s now mid-September, and we’ve spent the entire summer in Maine, on the boat and in the cottage.  But before that, we finished the  Spring Trip 2012!  I’m going to do a quick wrap-up to jog our memory in later years, and allow me to leave on our next trip, later this week, without a previous trip’s unfinished business hanging around my neck like an albatross.  

St. Francis dancing in front of the Santa Fe Cathedral on Good Friday

We spent a few days in Santa Fe, toured the historic sites/museums, walked the beautiful downtown and, oh yeah, ate extremely well.  Great parking for RVs (or anyone) in the city lot next to the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, where we attended their Good Friday Service. Then, we headed to Taos for Easter, via El Santuario de Chimayo, passing hundreds of pilgrims of all ages, on foot, making their way to this tiny church.  We learned that many New Mexicans were part of the Bataan Death March (and prisoner-of-war camps) during WWII and prayed to Santo Nino for their safety.  In thanksgiving, they made the pilgrimage, some walking barefoot, to the Santuario when they returned.  The lines were too long for us to enter the church while we were there, but we walked the grounds and visited the Santo Nino Chapel, dedicated to children. It was an amazing sight (and site).

On to the main event in Taos!  We’d learned that the beautiful, historic adobe church, San Francisco de Asis was going to be having the Saturday Easter Vigil Mass.  So, instead of just seeing one of the most photographed and painted churches (Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Georgia O’Keeffe, etc.) as tourists, we’d be able to celebrate this most important day in our church year, as part of the congregation. We checked into our campground (beautiful and minutes away from the church), but we were worried about getting a seat (the church is very small) so we arrived an hour early.  Add that hour to a Vigil that lasted three hours!  Half in English, half in Spanish, and most of it holding candles, seated on hard wooden benches, kneeling on hard wooden kneelers, in darkness. It was historic, alright.  But totally worthwhile.

El Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico

San Francisco de Asis Church

Hung around Taos for five or so days, toured Kit Carson’s home, wandered the pretty little streets, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery at our campsite.

Taos campsite- Site 51. Seriously, Site 51 in New Mexico.

Kit Carson’s courtyard and horno (adobe oven)

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