Wednesday, February 27, 2013

All Aboard the Rail Runner! ABQ to Santa Fe, Part 3 - The Roundhouse

(Make sure you're caught up on Parts 1 and 2 first. Done? Alright, let's move on.)

After a hearty breakfast at La Cocina de Doña Clara, we worked our way toward the New Mexico State Capitol, home of our State Legislature, you know, where they make all the laws: The Roundhouse.

We worked our way from the plaza and up the steps to one of the entrances.

A look at the steps leading up the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, NM

It's the only round capitol building in the United States, hence the name. At the center is the Rotunda which I've managed to capture in all its panoramic beauty.

Panoramic view of the Rotunda in the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse Rotunda in Santa Fe, NM

We spent some time touring the different levels and watching the legislators in action. I use the term "in action" loosely here since in the hour we spent watching both the House and Senate from the galleries, we heard little more than various memorials and an ever-expanding list of special guests to be honored. At some point, I think the term "special" is lost when used to describe pretty much anyone and everyone in attendance.

A look down into the House floor from the gallery in the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, NM

That was pretty much all there was to see. Even if it wasn't the most exciting day at the Capitol, I still felt it was important to spend at least one day in Santa Fe during the legislative session. Oh, and then there's this picture of me and a buffalo head.

Yep. That's about it for the State Capitol. Stay tuned for the fourth and final part of my trip aboard the Rail Runner to Santa Fe.

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