This event, and getting to Idaho before Raz left, were the two things that determined our travel schedule for the summer and now we were finally on our way to Colorado. First, however, we wanted to stop at the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, about an hour north of Santa Fe and only a little out of our way. Ojo Caliente has an RV park that can handle a few big rigs and it only cost $20.00 a day, so we were in. Getting in and out was a bit of a challenge due to the condition of the roads, but the sites were large and private and close to the resort. This is a relatively large resort with lots of soaking pools and even a mud bath for those so inclined. The pools have different minerals in the water, including arsenic, iron, and soda. We lounged around the large pool all day, trying to figure out where the sun was going to set so we could get the last bit of afternoon sun. That evening we had dinner at the spa restaurant and were able to find some yummy vegan meals to complete the experience. This place is definitely worth a return trip.
With the reunion over, it was time to visit with my cousins. On Sunday we went for a hike with my cousin Mike and his wife Gaye. My cousin Rick joined us after the hike and we enjoyed a yummy vegan dinner that Gaye prepared for us. On Monday we met up with Rick and Mike at the Phantom Canyon brewery to shoot pool and enjoy some local beer.
By coincidence, my cousin Rebecca was in town for work and we were able to get together with her and Rick for dinner. We went to a place called the Rabbit Hole, where we enjoyed a vegan feast that any self-respecting rabbit would die for. This place is really unique and has an incredible menu. The entrance looks like a telephone booth or subway station entrance in the middle of the sidewalk and you go downstairs from there into the restaurant (down the Rabbit Hole).
Izzy, a friend from Tahoe, was now living in Colorado Springs and we found some time to meet him for a beer and catch up, but mostly to reminisce about the people and the beer from Mt. Tallac Brewery. Special is the word that comes to mind...in every way.
The whole time we were in the Springs, the weather was beautiful, but a storm was brewing and we needed to get out of town before we got snowed in for the winter like the Donner Party. So we packed up and headed back to Santa Fe just in time to get blasted by 30 mph crosswinds the whole way back.