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The Midnight Ride of Steve

Steve Wimmer

Steve Wimmer, La Fonda on the Plaza's Chef Concierge

Today’s post is written by guest blogger and La Fonda’s Chef Concierge,Steve Wimmer who has been with us for more than twenty years.

The wildfires near Santa Fe and Los Alamos are making me neurotic and have disturbed my sleep cycle, so what did I do? I took a midnight ride. But, to what purpose? I remembered my early years in New Mexico when I was studying to be a shaman. So I circled my beloved spaces, the Santa Fe Opera that was glowing brightly as there had been a dress rehearsal for kids; Angelika’s house just to the north-east of Black Mesa; Black Mesa and my friends at San Ildefonso Pueblo. Then I rode on to Santa Clara – who when they dance, can really make it rain. Why weren’t they out at midnight dancing? If anybody can save us surely they are the ones.

I completed my ride by driving by Angelina’s in Espanola -home of the best lamb burritos in New Mexico. Finally I stopped at McDonald’s to get an iced tea.

Then I rode past Chimayo Trading Post and our old friend Leo Trujillo. Did it do any good? I have to believe a bit.

Today the winds are blowing heavily as they were last night. During my drive I could see only a pale orange glow in the distance – nothing frightening and dramatic as the first night. Only one fire vehicle passed me on its way to the scene. There was very little traffic out, but boy, the casinos were busy.

The radio says it’s up to 60,000 acres. The road 502 is closed into Los Alamos. The fire is close to town burning on the Pajarito ski hill so it’s only a half a mile from a house. The great fear is it will get into the Los Alamos canyon that did not have fire in 2000.  Oddly no one says boop about the Pacheco Canyon fire.

I believe that Cochiti Pueblo is being evacuated. I am afraid to tell you the fire went into Dixon’s Apple Farm, home of the delicious and much-loved Champaign apple. News reports say the family lost the house and 150 of the trees.

Yet as I drove last night, the most frightening thing was all of the temporary tents selling fireworks. Is there any limit to man’s stupidity?

So there, that’s my tale.

Over and out.

3 Responses to “The Midnight Ride of Steve”

  1. Lucy

    Thank you for sharing your experience Steve. Your writing made the fire more real to me than anything else I have seen or heard in the media. Here’s hoping the fire is contained soon!

    Reply
  2. Brooke Dulaney

    Hi Steve,
    Good blog. Thanks for your midnight drive report. I so agree with you on the fireworks front. How ridiculous can people be in the face of such danger to us all?

    Reply

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