New Mexico Trip


56This past late May, Bridget and I went to Santa Fe and the surrounding areas to learn about the cultural scene and local environment. Canyon Road, an intimate lane, stuffed full of Soho-like and local galleries, is a beautiful mix of New Mexican color with a twist of European and New York influence. Its a blend that works, while retaining its native qualities. We spent two days drinking in the local color and meeting some wonderful people including the good folks at Meyer East Gallery and Larry and Linda Mathews of Deloney Newkirk Fine Art Galleries.

After deciding not to hang out with 30,000 bikers rallying in Taos in honor of Vietnam Veterans for the Memorial Day weekend, we headed instead to Chaco Canyon, an amazing and sacred place for the Puebloan cultures of Native Americans some1200 years ago. The Rainbow in Chacoland and air is so heavily imbued with their spirit, it felt as if we were drinking in the essence of their culture. Rainbows shown in the evening and the arch of the Milky Way greeted us at three in the morning. After hiking in Chaco Canyon the next day we then reversed our travels heading back towards Santa Fe and went luxury, soaking in wonderful mineral springs at the Spa in Ojo Caliente, which was deeply healing. Next day was spent in Abiquiu to pay homage to Georgia O’Keefe. As fortune would have it, while on tour of her house, a passing thunderstorm forced the tour guide to improvise, and took us into O’Keefe’s bedroom, rarely scene by visitors, which is adjacent to her Studio. The humble nobility of the room and its embracing of the spectacular environment beyond, with its two floor to ceiling windows on a corner of the house, was an unforgettable experience. She was sixty two when she first moved into that house, but made so much of her mark as an artist after that point. Her drive, and singular connection with the land and her art where incredibly moving and inspiring.

The rest of the trip brought us to Bandelier National Forest and the Jemez Mountains for more camping, incredible landscape and appreciation of cultures past. Don’t want to sound like an over enthused tourist showing any one who will listen pictures, but it was an incredible time. Big sky and rugged land mixed with Latin, Mexican and contemporary New York/Euro culture all living under the shadow of the original peoples of this land, both past and present. Amazing!


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