Posted by: bunnyterry | March 20, 2010

New Mexico Railrunner, Santa Fe, and the La Fonda

Sabrina and I at Alvarado Station

We are having some kind of great fun in Santa Fe, selling jewelry at the Santa Fe Bead Fest at the La Fonda.  It’s a gorgeous setting – we’re in the New Mexico room, where the three-foot wide vigas are hand-carved with thunderbirds and clouds.  We’re surrounded by bead vendors and next door to a recycled glass vendor, and I get the same feeling I frequently get at market when I’m surrounded by artists and people who make their living selling beautiful things.  We’re not going to get rich doing this, but it’s work that feeds the soul and that makes your customers smile.  Good stuff.

Here comes our ride!

One of the major treats this weekend has been that we’ve ridden the New Mexico Railrunner from Albuquerque to Santa Fe both days – yesterday for the adventure and today because it was snowing like a big dog this morning and channel 7 said I-25 was closed from Bernalillo to Santa Fe.  The Railrunner is New Mexico’s relatively new commuter train, and once you leave Albuquerque, you travel through amazing landscapes north of Bernalillo, through the San Felipe Pueblo and the Santa Domingo Pueblo and then up La Bajada Hill, finally coming out of a tunnel between the freeway lanes at La Cienega (  We saw one landscape yesterday, and then a completely different snow-covered scene this morning. 

The view on Friday

The train is comfortable, attractive, affordable ($7 one way; $8 round trip) and takes about an hour and a half to get from downtown Albuquerque to the Santa Fe Depot.  Once we arrive at the Santa Fe Depot, it’s a ten minute walk to the plaza and the La Fonda.

I’m loving the Railrunner, and I’m recommending it to anyone who wants an

The view on Saturday

 easy fun way to get from ABQ to Santa Fe.  Yesterday we shared seats with a young dad who was taking the day off to take his three year-old and six year-old sons to the New Mexico Museum.  The little boys were thrilled to be riding on a train, and the older one informed us that his daddy has used the Jedi Mind Force to get his bosses to give him the day off.  Today we rode with Sabrina’s husband Bruce, Glena and Randy Harris.  There was lots of conversation and oohing and ahhing over the scenery and sipping coffee that we bought at the new Alvarado station in Albuquerque.  And this evening we get to go back and watch the sun set over the Jemez Mountains.  I’m looking forward to it.

Me, Sabrina, Bruce, Glena and Randy on the Railrunner today



  1. Now that’s just awesome to ride the train, let someone else do the driving. Beautiful photos.

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