Lonesomes Episode 2: Finally on the road

monday-1After 2 days in Santa Fe we are now more acclimatized and ready for the next bit. Which is: packing stuff and food, loading the van, doing our ‘chores’ and setting off for Aztec: a four hour journey on the pretty empty ‘scenic route’. But first: breakfast in the courtyard: our habitual table in the foreground (that’s Jaki in the green chair), and an art lesson happening for the resident students. It was a great place to land, and It is true to say that they pretty much adored us here by the time we were leaving, had probably overheard quite a few of our conversations in the courtyard (the wall have ears here) and appreciated our years of acquired community spirit. Perhaps every youth hostel should have some Grannies.

monday-2But on with the journey: here are Freddie and Jaki in the back of the car while the others pick up supplies.

monday-2aWe’re off!

monday-12Approaching Abiquiu (where Georgia O’Keefe had a house.

monday-5The subject of many of her paintings

monday-7We stop to picnic overlooking the lake near Ghost Ranch (another of her pads- she knew how to pick them). Unfortunately, a hasty move, coupled with the fact that we were parked on a slope the wrong way, led to this!

monday-6Luckily not a total disaster as only 6 eggs and a couple of bottles of beer were beyond redemption. But we’ll park the other way round in future, and not open the back door before instructed (you live and learn, it is hoped). So we found a picnic table and the feast was laid out. But have a look at the sky in the photo before last…..storms here are upon you very fast indeed, and we had barely finished eating when a biblical wind was lashing us and we ran for it, stuffing everything into bags and boxes and even pockets. You live and learn part 2. So on we drove, through the storm.  Great to have Diana Griffiths with us, not just for the obvious reasons (we love her) but she knows the whole area very well and so can point out places of extra special interest that we might have missed. She even pointed out some cattle that she had helped herd…. So thanks to her we stopped at this wonderful place:

monday-8Echo Amphitheatre, seen through the car windows. A stunningly beautiful rock formation: here’s another picture (it stopped raining and we got out:

monday-8aAnd on we went, turning west into Jicarilla Apache country. The rocks, to me, had a peculiarly Apache look.

monday-9After this it was up onto the high plains with huge views so huge that a camera cannot do justice to them. So I stopped taking pictures. Jaki started to teach us a song she has written for us, which fittingly starts with ‘Up in the high plains..’ And on and on we went. Jaki was heard to say, in the back ‘I haven’t any more ‘awe’ energy’. No, we agreed, we were awed out – I expect you are too – and arrived a couple of hours later, exhausted, at our destination north of Aztec. I’ll save that for the next post.

  1. Gillian Booth said:

    E xcerpt from Desert, which I wrote in 2005: ‘this is the landscape of power
    before which you submit, …..stunning/breathtaking/awestruck/awesome’ ,

  2. Lisa said:

    With you all…………..all you lovelies……………………all the way ………………….xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. Lisa Griffiths said:

    With you all………….all you lovelies…………….all the way……………….running in your slipstream xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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