S: New Mexico 2011
BC: Janet and Danny Hart's trip to Abiquiu, New Mexico with Betty and Jim Pugh September 22-28, 2011
FC: New Mexico 2011 | * | Rio Grande | x Pedernal
1: September 22, 2011 We, along with Betty and Jim Pugh, flew into Albuquerque, NM | Lunch
2: L | Lunch | After a stop at Walmart, Trader Joe's and a liquor store, we headed north to Abiquiu | Enjoying the first beer of vacation behind the casita. <<<<<< | Our Beautiful Casita VRBO #298258
3: Betty at the kitchen sink -love the view! | Jim started a fire every night | View from our bathroom sink
4: L | Lunch | Sunrise | Smoochin' by the Dam <<<<<< | Breakfast Table
5: Spending the day at Ghost Ranch | Hiking to Chimney Rock
6: L | Lunch | Looking down on Georgia O'Keeffe's home at Ghost Ranch
8: L | Lunch
9: Picnic lunch at Ghost Ranch
10: L | Lunch | Two hours later... | Riding out... Danny on Gypsy and Janet on Dash
11: Large blank canvas placed directly between Georgia's house and Pedernal by artist Atta Kim | Georgia O'Keeffe's home at Ghost Ranch | Archaeological dig
12: L | Lunch | Georgia O'Keeffe's Lavender Hill Forms -1934 | Georgia O'Keeffe's Hill, New Mexico -1935
13: Back at the Casita | Another delicious dinner! | Sunset
14: L | Lunch | Sunrise
15: Our drive through prairie dog town | "4-wheelin'" behind the Casita Looking up at the Casita
16: L | Lunch
17: Day trip to the West-Jemez Mountains | Ponderosa Valley Vineyards
18: L | Lunch | We visited the home of Benjamin Toya and purchased a shell pot. He and his wife Geraldine are Native American Indians of Jemez Pueblo and make award-winning pottery. Their clay is made from earth pigments gathered from the area. It is hand-coiled, shaped, sanded, ornately hand painted and fired outdoors, the traditional way, with cedar wood chips. The colors used on the pottery are derived by pigments from Mother Earth. | Charlotte | The Jemez Bath House is over 100 years old. Natural mineral hot springs water is 159- 189 degrees HOT. Some of it is diverted overnight into cooling tanks so you can regulate the temperature. We all had a 30 minute soak followed by a massage. | Lunch
19: A cold beer after the Bath House. | Vallas Caldera National Preserve (95,000 acres) is the center of a volcano that imploded about one million years ago.
20: L | Lunch | This 300' long natural dam was created over centuries by mineral deposits from a hot spring, which dammed the Jemez River so that it pours through a narrow opening.
21: Bandeleir National Monument (32,000 acres) has remainders of ancestral Pueblo settlements dating to A.D. 1100. It was closed when we were there due to the Las Conchas Fire which started on June 26 and burn- ed over 60% of the park. The fire was the largest in NM history burning 161 sq. mi. | Evening Under The Stars at Don Quixote Distillery and Winery. | Good thing Betty was driving when we went through a sobriety check on the way home.
22: L | Lunch | A great breakfast which included corn cakes, green chili and goat cheese (don't forget the fried potatoes) | Another beautiful morning | A day trip to the East- Taos
23: Tasting at wineries- Black Mesa Winery Vivac Winery and La Chiripada Winery | The Rio Grande River
24: L | Lunch | Artist firing his pottery with cow chips at St. Francis Plaza
25: Georgia O'Keeffe's Ranchos Church, Taos -1929 | San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos was built between 1772 and 1816. The adobe church is a National Historic Landmark. | Large carved and painted reredos (alter screens) with painted panels and hand-hewn vigas (ceiling beams).
26: L | Lunch | Catching a beer and a bit of the game | The High Road to Taos
27: Stopped at Anna Karin Gallery in Truchas (2011 High Road Art Tour) | Santuario de Chamayo was built in 1816. Close to 300,000 people make pilgrimages to this Church each year.
28: L | Lunch | El Sanctuario de Chamayo is the site of "el pocito", the small pit of Holy Dirt many people attribute to possessing remarkable curative powers. Even though the church was closed, Janet heard someone inside the open window of the room where the "el posito" was located. After getting his attention, the brother was so kind to put some Holy Dirt in a bag for her to bring back for her friends Pattie and Erin.
29: Dinner at Rancho de Chamayo | Ay, ay, ay, ay! I am dee Frito Bandito..." | The best sunrise yet | Abiquiu Dam was built in 1963 for flood control. Since 1986, when it became a water supply for ABQ, it retains a storage pool with a water surface of over 4,000 acres. | Abiquiu Lake
30: L | Lunch | On the drive to Chama, we stopped to watch this frisky elk along the road. | A day trip to the North- Chama | Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
31: One of Cumbres & Toltec's four coal- fired, steam-operated, narrow gauge locomotives. The railroad was built in 1880 with a gauge of 3' between rails instead of the common 4 1/2 feet.
32: L | Lunch | Blowing steam | 4 % climb
33: Cumbres Pass 10,015 foot elevation | A docent in the "cattle car" describing points of interest.
34: L | Lunch | Danny looking for bear. Once, when he yelled "BEAR" . Janet jumped up to see and spilled her drink - but it was only a cow... | President Garfield's Monument
35: Pulling into Osier | Pulling into Osier, CO for a great all-you-can-eat lunch. | The other train pulling out of Osier | Mud Tunnel 342 feet long
36: L | Lunch | Cascade trestle 408 feet long | Aspens were just starting to turn their brilliant yellow.
37: Proud to see CAT equipment working
38: Trying to photograph the herd of elk that ran along side the train and across the tracks just before we got to Antonito, CO. We rode on a bus back to Chama. | The TV does work!
39: L | Lunch | From the boat ramp on Lake Abiquiu | Cerro Pedernal, at 9,870 feet, towers over the area.
40: Robert Henri Exhibition in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum | A day trip to the South- Sante Fe
41: L | The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1886.
43: L | Lunch | Our last NM Sunset | After studying the maps, we determined our casita was in line between Georgia's Ghost Ranch and Pedernal. Energizing!!!
44: Leaving the Casita for the last time. | A delightful stop for gas where there were Indian vendors selling delicious tamales and jewelry. . | The Pueblo lady that made my Nevada green turquoise necklace. | We flew home from ABQ on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.