BC: Barbara Seeley
FC: THE LONG WAY | THE SOUTHWEST HIGH COUNTRY 2012
1: Let's take the long way cause I like the view go by the shoreline look at the moon Take the long way watch the sunrise listen to the radio all through the night The rain can't dampen us drive on through 'til the sun shines on us dries up the dew Take the long way cause I like the view go by the shoreline look at the moon Savor the silence and stroke my back Sing to me softly of secrets and the stories lost between the cracks This moment is stardust it has already passed But you are so bright, so bright in my mind and our moonlit mass Po' Girl Vagabond Lullabies | to Rachel & Claire with our love forever GrandMa & GrandPa
2: Albuquerque | Rachel and Claire arrived at the Albuquerque airport late Sunday night August 12th. Mike and I had driven there several days before to visit with Harlan and Georganne and Ed and Shirley. We woke early Monday to say our thanks and goodbyes. An exciting week lay ahead. Time to head north.
3: A visit through the Southwest would not be complete without dipping your toes into the Rio Grande. How many settlers, cowboys, Indians, outlaws and sheriffs have been right here?
5: Taos | It only took a few hours to get to Taos. We skirted around Santa Fe and followed the Rio Grande. After checking into the El Monte Sagrado we went into town for lunch at Antonio's. We meandered around the plaza and poked our heads into a myriad of souvenir and Indian jewelry shops. We opted for dinner at the hotel knowing we had a full day planned for Tuesday.
6: EL MONTE SAGRADO
7: The grounds of the El Monte Sagrado were beautiful. We took different paths over footbridges, past waterfalls and fountains, across lush meadows and shady gardens taking pictures at every turn.
9: The 'CHINA' suite was a lot of fun . . . big bedrooms, separate baths, definitely colorful but it was the private patio we enjoyed the most.
11: Our first morning calls for champagne breakfast on the patio. Mike, Barbara, Rachel & Claire in our hotel robes.
13: Taos is a charming town. The adobe pueblo architecture is unique to the southwest. The simplicity is captivating.
14: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge | This put butterflies in the stomach. It is the 7th highest bridge span in the country at 660 feet. I was grateful that bungee jumping wasn't offered.
17: Arroyo Seco | Tuesday was our second day in Taos. We took a drive up through Arroyo Seco to the Taos ski area and around the 'Enchanted Circle'. We ate lunch here, enjoyed the amazing high country scenery and returned to Taos mid afternoon. We took a shuttle into town for dinner at Doc Martin's and walked back after sunset.
19: Claire & Rachel waiting for lunch at Abe's in Arroyo Seco . . . excellent!!
21: Taos Pueblo | Wednesday morning we left Taos reluctantly heading north again. Our destination . . . Durango. But first a visit to the Pueblo at Taos, the largest multistory pueblo in existence. This ancient village on Red Willow Creek is over 1000 years old.
24: Hitting the road again we took Highway 64 stopping in Chama, New Mexico for lunch. Remember 'nacho' man?
25: High Country
27: All aboard the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a cliffhanging 3 1/2 hour ride through the mountains to the old west town of Silverton.
32: Handlebars! Fun place for lunch. Stuff everywhere. Mike and I split a bison burger. No room in the car for these guys.
34: After two hours in this quaint town we boarded a bus back to Durango.
36: Four Corners
37: Friday, the 17th was a long but interesting day of driving. We left Durango about 9:30 and headed west on Highway 160. First stop, Four Corners. Here we are. I'm in New Mexico, Mike is in Colorado, Rachel is in Utah, and Claire stands in Arizona. We'll follow Claire because we're going the Grand Canyon.
39: Grand Canyon
40: Mike went to the top of the watchtower. Could the view be any more spectacular? This is why photos never do justice to a landscape. A camera can not capture how you feel, the air, the smell, the breeze, the nervous ache in your stomach . . .
44: The best way to see Sedona is with a guide in a Jeep. Nina showed us much of what the canyon has to offer and showed us how to survive if we ever lose our way. A cactus, lava stones, a compass and life is good.
46: Sunday morning and we are heavy hearted. We leave Sedona and the high country of the Colorado Plateau with its beautiful canyons carved by time. Back to the California Coast until the next time we decide to be vagabonds and take the 'Long Way.'