La Cienega, NM High 90 Low 64
After reluctantly leaving the Very Large Array and spending a night in that “will not ever stop again” RV park, we headed up I-25 towards Santa Fe.
Our son, Steve, and his wife, Jen, live and work on El Rancho de las Golondrinas and we moved into their driveway to spend the week-end.
This is a historic rancho and living history museum. What a glorious place to be able to call home. Both Steve and Jen absolutely love the work they are doing on the ranch. Steve is in Operations and his main work is to maintain water systems on the ranch. Their acequia system (irrigation ditch complex) is on the Register of Historic Places.
Jen is involved in the agricultural end. They grow an amazing selection of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. Needless to say, Steve and Jen eat very well because the staff is allowed to use what they want.
This garden has a few veggies and lots of herbs.
Let me give you some background on this Ranch. The name means The Ranch of the Swallows. It is located on the El Camino Real (the Royal Road that extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe) and was a place where caravans would stop. It was a paraje, an official rest stop for travelers.
The ranch is located on 200 acres just south of Santa Fe and offers examples of life during the period when Spain ruled in the southwestern portion of North America.
The property was purchased in 1932 by Leonora Curtin and her mother. Leonora and her Finnish husband saw the potential of the site for a living history museum. Existing historic buildings were restored, period structures were erected and historic buildings were brought in from other sites around New Mexico.
The museum opened in 1972 and is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico. Guides are dressed in period clothing and demonstrate weaving, hide tanning, milling, blacksmithing and the planting of crops.
This is already a long post so I’m going to finish in another post. I still have so many pictures to go through.