I actually had breakfast at Rancho de Chimayo today. They serve breakfast on weekends now. I had a huge breakfast burrito with carne adovada. My daughter and I ordered a basket of cinnamon sopa-"pillows" (I guess they only make them for breakfast. They are tiny sopapillas – about 1 inch – covered in cinnamon sugar. Very good. They servd them in a basket – like 25 or 30 of them!!) They also served me pinon coffee (by mistake. Tho it is a local specialty, I don’t like it so I exchanged for reg. coffee).
The ride up from Santa Fe is so nice this time of the year. We drove thru Tesuque (past Tesuque Village Market, which was packed) past Camel Rock and Pojouque Peublo. Past Gabriel’s which is one of the greatest [places for table-side guacomole. We turned off near Nambe past local farmer’s carts selling pinons, chicos, chile ristras, autumn squashes, etc). I love this part of the ride! The colors are magnificent: blue blue skies, pink earth, light green grass and dark green pinon/junipers. There are all sorts of eroded white mesas, many of which are topped with crosses left by pilgrims.
We stopped at the Santuario which is always special, then on to Espanola where we passed some other favorites: Jo Ann’s Ranch o Casadas, El Paragua, etc. There was a local parade in Espanoloa, with all the residents having their lounge chairs set up on the street.
We spent the rest of the day hiking near White Rock and Los Alamos, which was great. Then on the way home, the view is fabulous, too: Near sunset, the hills were actually lavender and organge color while the cliffs were white and gold.
This pretty much explains why I love NM: the foods, the colors, the "atmosphere". Nothin’ like it!!!