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Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

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Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

We hope to make it to Santa Fe for the last night of the rodeo in 2008. This entails driving for 8 hours to get there. Is it worth it?

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1. Re: Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

The rodeo is a lot of fun. Not sure if I would drive 8 hours straight just to see it, there is much more to do in Santa Fe. If you have never seen a rodeo, then this may be a great time.

Where are you driving in from?

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Thanks for the reply, yes it will be our first Rodeo and we are very excited about it and have changed our plans just to make it in time. We are spending the previous night in Roswell (spooky fun stuff) and then we aim to get up real early and drive about 4 and a half hours to the Very Large Array for a visit then another 3 hours on to Santa Fe and the rodeo at 7.30pm. It may be a long day but I don't want to miss the VLA or the Rodeo. This is our first visit to New Mexico and we plan to stay in Santa Fe for 3 nights and then on to Taos for 1 night then off up into Colorado and beyond. Any other advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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Sounds like a good plan. We were just at the VLA last month! Very interesting. Got some great photos and video of the dishes moving.

Roswell is not that big of a deal. The UFO museum can be done in about an hour.

Where in Colorado are you headed to? Will you be visiting Mesa Verde National Park near Durango?

Have fun planning.

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Here is a link to the schedule of events for this 2008 Santa Fe Rodeo:

http://www.rodeodesantafe.org/

Sitting under the summer New Mexico sky with the sun setting in the west. How exciting.

You'll in the height of the Professional Rodeo season where you will witness real professionals competing from one PRCA-sanctioned rodeo to the next.

Rough-stock rider would be cowboys in Bareback (horse) riding, Saddle Bronc (horse) riding, and Bull riding.

Timed-events would consist of calf-roping, team-roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing.

Between events, you'll be entertained by the rodeo performers, clowns, presentations, or other events like trick roping.

How exciting!

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Thanks to both of you who have replied to my post on this subject. You have both really helped with your advice and web address and I just can't wait to see either the VLA and the rodeo next June. Camera and video will be primed and ready!

In response to the question regarding where we are going in Colorado. We are driving up to Manitou Springs for 1 night, mainly to visit our favourite place to eat: Adams Mountain Cafe. We have already driven up/down pikes Peak and seen the garden of the Gods, driven the Gold Camp and Phantom Canyon roads which were great. We next head on up to Denver for some retail therapy before we head off west to Moab Utah for 5 nights while we hike, go off road, raft etc. Then south to Sedona and Phoenix and west to Palm Springs for a week of relaxation. After that it is over to Los Angeles for a few days before we fly home.

We did Mesa Verde last year and also this year. It was amazing and my favourites were Cliff Palace and Balcony House. If you click on Honeybun51 you could see my mini video's. We especially liked the food in the Metate room at the lodge. You can see a trend developing here with food?!

Anyway, thanks again, your local specialist advice has been a real help. Regards

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6. Re: Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

Be sure to check out Rodeo Parade and they usually have a carnival in conjunction. Go grab a magaraita and some collared greens at Cowgirl Hall of Fame and head to Madrid to the Mineshaft Tavern and kick in a beer at an old mining bar.

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Thanks for the suggestions. Now we have travelled for over 25 years in the (mainly) western states of the US - although this is our first foray into Texas and New Mexico - and in all that time we have never come across 'collared greens'! Clearly this is a delicacy to be tried on our next visit. We love greens and no offence but squash just doesn't hit the spot for us and we've never seen Brussel sprouts ever on our travels. Whilst on my favourite subject we love Tex Mex food so are really looking forward to our visit to this area. We really enjoy listening to (new) country music and hope to catch some live performances somewhere along the route.

Had planned to do the Turquoise trail and Madrid before we heard about the rodeo and changed our itinerary. Think we will now fit it back in over the following 2 days as it sounds interesting and hubby is always happy to try out the local brews. I also am developing a taste for Margaritas of various flavours but someone (me) has to drive us back so it looks like a soda for me.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

Regards Honeybun51

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8. Re: Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

Sorry but collared greens are not a NM speciality and I would never even eat them, unless I was in the south, where they are from. I do not know why that poster recommended them. There are so many other "local" foods that you should try. Enchiladas, green chile, chile rellanos, posole, tamales, burritos etc.... The trinity here in NM is corn, beans and squash, all foods that the ancient folks dined on regularly.

Madrid NM is a very small town, and after about an hour there you are done. I will get on my soap box for others, you seem to be aware and will sip sodas......Please do not drink and drive ! Save your adult beverages for places within walking or cab distance of your hotel. Our altitude will affect you, and even 1 drink could cause you to be impared.

If you like music there are many places in Santa Fe you can visit. Check out the Pasatiempo Magazine at www.santafenewmexican.com

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9. Re: Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

I believe a typo in the earlier post:

It's collard greens, not collared, should you be envioning a plant with a shirt on :<)),....and yes, indeed, very southern and delicious.

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10. Re: Santa Fe Rodeo 2008

I also misspelled it! LOL! We don't see that food here in NM too often! I can spell green chile tho!