Saturday, August 11, 2018


Give me a farmer's' fresh haul or the bounty from a local lavender field 
and my happiness meter soars.
The revitalized Railyards hosts a thriving Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Away from the tourists I got a truer sense of the pulsing Santa Fe community --
a younger, hipper Southwestern crunchy vibe. 

Directions from Above

An early morning hike in the slot canyons of Tent Rocks was on the agenda for today,
but we were halted near the trail head by a rude pueblo sheriff.
Flash flood warnings had closed the National Monument for at least a week.
Disappointed, I whisked my first thoughts of "I could have slept in" away and moved on to Plan B. 
A meandering drive to The Railyards and a walk through the farmers market
still left us with a substantial part of the day to fill with exploration.
Google searches left us uninspired and thunderheads thwarted plans for an afternoon hike.
Killing time we walked the paths of a bucolic urban park.
A discarded map for the Turquoise Trail,
abandoned on a bench, gave us the direction we were seeking.
The drive matched the early vision I had when we were planning the trip.
Over hyped Madrid paled in comparison to Cerrillos,
a ghost town with signs of revitalization. 
Booming thunder gave way to a pounding hail storm.
In Golden, the eaves of late 1880s general store provided shelter.
A handful of bikers joined us as we watched sheets of cold precipitation soak the dry earth.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Santa Fe

Rich with history, art and natural beauty
it is easy to fall into rhythm with Santa Fe.
Wandered into gorgeous galleries along Canyon Road
and hiked a trail dense with pinons and junipers.
Vacation mode is in full swing. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Ghost Ranch

Each time I leave Ghost Ranch it is like a Death,
and each time that I return it is a Birth.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Taos Light

I think it's so foolish for people to want to be happy.
Happy is so momentary —
you're happy for an instant and then you start thinking again.
Interest is the most important thing in life;
happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.

Georgia O'keeffe

Monday, August 6, 2018

Exploring Taos

I'm in awe of the landscape in New Mexico.
The sky is vast and ever-changing.
The golden facades pop against the deep blue backdrop.
So much to take in, so much to shoot.