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North America » United States » New Mexico » Columbus January 19th 2014

Sunday, 19 January, 2014 Last night we did go up to the McDonald Observatory for the Star Party, held Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. We didn’t know quite what to expect or even if they’d be sold out, but we went anyway. It was AMAZING!! We sat outside (it was cold) at their outdoor arena while one of the staff gave us a talk on the night sky above us. He pointed out constellations with a laser pointer and told stories about them, as well as pointing out stars and satellites passing overhead. We saw the Hubble telescope pass by and numerous other satellites. It was just after dusk when the program got started, but as the sky got darker, the stars became more and more crowded in the sky. The Milky Way was the densest ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Alamogordo December 24th 2013

Our son has deployed overseas. The night before he left, his Mother and I quietly packed his duffel in his room. Once littered with Goosebumps books, scuffed sneakers and noisy neighborhood kids it is now the quietest room in our home. I go inside once a month to vacuum and dust but I do not dwell there. I have lost the reason to. I find no sadness within. To me it is simply an unoccupied room. Memories of his childhood sustain me. My Grandmother taught me that remembrance and presence are one and the same. My son is always with me. In me. Children move on and their parents' lives move forward in tenuous tandem. Learning how to do so with dignity is the hardest part. My father served in the Army as did his father ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos November 12th 2013

Reflections on our recent visit to Taos, New Mexico From Santa Fe we travelled, on the advice from Roy in Albuequerque, on the ‘High Road’ to Taos (ie 84/285 to 503 to 76 to 518. This is a magnificently scenic route through more mountain vistas and endless meadows of the Nambe and through the area known as the Badlands. The landscape of the Badlands looks as though it was shaped by fierce winds and rains, coloured pink and orange and mauve, and was a source of constant inspiration to Georgia O’Keefe. There are small farms and apple orchards as well as dramatic pink limestone outcroppings. The entire road is a gradual and continual ascent and Rudy V took it at his usual slow and steady pace. Taos is a small city of some 6000 persons. It ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe November 9th 2013

Our Impressions of Santa Fe, New Mexico Santa Fe is located at 7000 feet above sea level on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains and is the first truly beautiful small city that we have visited on this journey. It is one of the most important cities in the world for visual arts and contains over 250 art galleries and exhibition spaces. There are 300+ days of pure and bright sunshine per year, the light from which makes it an artists’ paradise. Georgia O’Keefe fell in love with the light here and lived in the area for over 40 years and was very productive and inspired. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States, founded in 1610 by Don Pedro de Poralta, and one of the buildings built that year, the Palace ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe November 7th 2013

Albuquerque & Madrid, New Mexico From Silver City we drove through slowly along the twisting route 152 through the scenic Mimbres Mountains and onto Interstate 25 heading north at Caballo. One of the town we passed by was called Truth or Consequences – what a great name for a town! But the drive though the mountain pass took us much longer than we had planned, sometimes we had to go 10 to 15 miles per hour, so we didn’t stop at Truth or Consequences and pushed northwards instead toward Albuquerque. We parked Rudy V on Central Avenue (aka Route 66) next to a small park halfway between the downtown and the old town. We walked first toward the downtown and our first stop was a wonderful consignment gallery of over 75 local and area artists called ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Silver City November 3rd 2013

Bisbee, Arizona and Silver City, New Mexico We visited these two old mining towns that have re-invented themselves as artists’ communities, on succeeding days and were charmed by both. Neither of these towns did we know anything about before we saw them on the route we were following and did a small bit of research and thought they would be worth stopping at and exploring; we feel like we ‘discovered’ them and that is one of the reasons for this adventure! Bisbee, population about 7000, sits on the slope of a narrow gorge about 30 miles north of the Mexican border (and 25 miles south of the famous town of Tombstone). The mine ceased operations in 1975 after producing over 6 billion dollars’ worth of metals, mostly copper, since it opened in the 1880s. At its ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe October 18th 2013

Madam, sulphur or arsenic bath? Tues saw me headed north for a day out at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs. Leaving the main road at Espanola heading another 25 miles alongside the Oriega Mountains turning just south of Abiquiqu following the canyon, I realised I was in Georgia O’Keefe country close to her home at Ghost Ranch. Once again the scenery of the blues and greys of the mountains visually stunning. There was very little traffic the last 20 or so miles but when I reached my destination I was surprised to find a well developed and busy complex consisting of wonderful Abode type hotel, grounds and the spa buildings themselves. Within the spa are 10 pools containing different combinations of the 4 types of mineral water that makes the springs so unique: lithia, iron, soda ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe October 10th 2013

Plato perches on top of his cage, feathers quivering (and he IS an old bird. A Grey African Parrot.). He is observing me prepare his daily fruit bowl containing no less than 10 different types of chopped up fruit. This is news for me as I was not aware that there were no many different varieties but I think he likes peanuts best and little green peas. He delicately strips of the outer layers , spits them on to the floor and chews up the rest. Plato does quite a lot of spitting food, but he’s old! Plato enjoys a challenge, his aim being to nip me whilst I feed him. I retaliate by squirting wate very close. Then he whistles and runs around. Sooooo am house sitting in the middle of nowhere, desert country south ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico » Taos October 4th 2013

Geronimo! Geronimo Day at the Pueblo last Monday took place in hot hot sunshine. This is the main Festival of the Pueblo in memory of that great warrior. I missed the early Mass at the beautiful Spanish Mission, and the running races, but made it about midday (sun very very hot). The Pueblo was heaving with locals, visitors, stalls selling food (didn't eat the fry bread but the blueberry pie---- what can I say, it kept me going), jewellery, Native American stuff. Lots of milling around of brightly adorned crowds, but strictly no photography permitted. Next the sacred clowns appeared at the top of the old buildings, painted with convict/type stripes and straw hair, leaping down and causing havoc amongst the stallkeepers and crowds. The stall holders had covered their stuff but left out presents of ... read more
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North America » United States » New Mexico September 29th 2013

September 28 – an unexpected event - September 28 – It was my intention to explore Santa Fe some more today and more of the local area but I really couldn’t think of anywhere else in New Mexico that I hadn’t been to before that I could get excited about. I was having a serious case of “been there and done that”. I considered that I could go to the Rest area next to the “High Bridge” that goes over the Rio Grande Gorge. http://highestbridges.com/wiki/index.php?title=Rio_Grande_Gorge_Bridge It is quite impressive and I have overnighted at the Rest Area next to it before. From the rest area it is a short walk over to the bridge and various overlooks. It is on Hwy 64 where it crosses over the Rio Grande canyon. I could overnight free in the ... read more
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