Time is flying in the Tiny Solar House! Santa Fe, NM turned out to be so awesome that we extended our stay there three extra nights. We stayed at very nice RV park in the center of town called Trailer Ranch RV resort that had a pool and all the glitzy amenities. It was an adult RV park and a 55+ community in the rear.
Michael’s Aunt and Uncle live in the lovely trailer community and they made the trip extra special welcoming us into their home. We were going to stay at a “budget friendly” park but perhaps a little on the rough side. However, Aunt Deb and Uncle Steve saved the day and reserved us an overflow spot at Trailer Ranch.
We got to share multiple delicious meals with them taking turns cooking and exploring the local food scene. What’s great about being on the road is the family and friends that you get to catch up with that you haven’t seen in years.
Aunt Deb let us borrow her convertible and we drove it to a small town called Madrid, NM and had a nice lunch. Note to others: Always wear a hat and sunscreen when riding in a convertible in sunny Santa Fe.
Another highlight was the challenging six mile hike to the top of a mountain near a local college that overlooked the entire town and near by mountain ranges.
We spent the next day gallery hopping at the Railyard which is the art district of Santa Fe. Great contemporary art scene but one might find it difficult to break into as an outsider/emerging artist. We held a Tiny Solar House open viewing at Form & Concept Gallery. We loved getting to talk to people and see their reactions to the Tiny House. However, we did have some issues on where we could display the house because first it was on a main road in a parking spot that the city buses had a hard time getting around then it was blocking a sidewalk then we finally settled on the back parking lot of the gallery. Very stressful to move it around and set up/break down so many times.
We also took a day trip to Albuquerque, NM on the “Rail Runner” which is a commuter train that makes a couple stops between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. It was about an hour and ten minutes including stops. We found it quite enjoyable, very affordable and stress free. We hit up a game bar followed by a couple breweries - one of our favorite things to do on this journey. We also explored the Albuquerque Zoo.
Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf. MEOW WOLF!
If you are ever in Sante Fe you gotta go! Unique experience unlike anything else. It’s massive main building—a former bowling alley. Even cooler, its landlord is George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, and its tenants are a high-tech artist collective called Meow Wolf. After nearly two years of construction, the Meow Wolf art complex opened its riotously painted doors and invited the public into its first permanent exhibit, called The House of Eternal Return. Think of it as a walk-in science fiction novel to say the least. I won’t go into more detail because it is hard to describe in words and is best experienced in person