We drove past the old state penitentiary. There was a terrible riot in 1980 and some of the penitentiary buildings were burned. They never tore down the old building. Here is a link to a journal/photo/blog tour of the old buildings. Creepy!! You can still see the old buildings in the background. This is not a good picture. I was driving and had pretty much passed it.
I also took some pictures of the horse pens. They used to have a horse breaking program for the inmates. I don't know when or why they stopped it. They have a huge circle of fence divvied up into pie-wedge turnouts. Look towards the left and you can see the horse pens.
Here is some of the gorgeous views we had along the way. This is the Sangre de Christo mountain range outside of Santa Fe.
When we got to Santa Fe, we found a letterbox that was right along the way. Then we stopped at a few stores Lynne wanted to visit. We decided to go to Tomasita's for some good Mexican food. We drove down to the old railroad station and parked. Here's a painted wall we saw. It was fun exploring the train depot and the trains.
All around the restaurant are photos of cowgirls. I especially liked this big picture and thought of the 'Pony Cousins' bloggers.
The grub was good. Lynne had a barbeque sampler and I had a 'filly' cheese steak. If we had had room for dessert we would have gotten the ice cream baked potato. Since I didn't have it I can't tell you what it actually is but it looked liked a baked potato. The waiter said it was all ice cream. It was interesting... Hmmm, I googled and I guess there is a Cowgirl BBQ in New York too. Here's the menu. I wonder how they're related. They have the baked potato ice cream too but the menu is somewhat different. I remember there being buffalo burgers on the menu and the prices seemed lower. I would recommend eating there. It's really good!
It's always nice when they post history signs about old buildings.
> Again, we detoured. This time we stopped at the Coronado State Monument in Bernalillo (Ber-na-lee-yo).
Not much else happened but we did have a full day! I hope you enjoyed the trip.