Saturday, May 12, 2007

Our Visit to New Mexico was sublime. Our first stop was at this breathtaking canyon and bridge over the Rio Grande. The view below was dizzying but spectacular.
Alongside the parking were vendors offering beautiful pottery and jewelry far more affordable than what is found in Taos and Sante Fe. They rivaled the scenery and we were fortunate enough to indulge in both. Linda, myself and Mariah
The patio in front of our rooms was so serene. Upon arrival we each had a lovely massage and then took an dip Ojo Caliente's magnificent pools. So soothing and relaxing. I love the way New Mexico transports me from my everyday life and bestows a spiritual awakening and rejuvenation mere hours away from home.
These are the cute Pueblo suites across from ours and our beautiful view.
After a delicious dinner at the Artisan restaurant on the property we were joined by Jen and had a fabulous time soaking in a private pool along side a kiva fireplace. Wine and conversation were followed by a good night's rest.
Jen, Myself and Linda in Taos Town Square
After a morning soak and mud bath we headed to Taos on Monday. We had the opportunity to visit LaLana Wools and also partake in some other retail therapy including a visit back to the vendors by the Rio Grand Gorge. We had a lovely lunch at the Taos Cow in Arroyo Secco and I managed to find a summery orange bag for my knitting. Imagine that. We returned to enjoy another evening at the resort including dinner, private pool and more wine while watching Real Women Have Curves snuggled deep in our cozy beds.
On Tuesday after a last dip and another massage we departed and Mariah and myself headed to Sante Fe. Along the way we stopped by Los Vigiles Living Arts. The fiber studio I had visited the month previous. I am happy to say they are now on my customer list and I was able to acquire more luxurious yarn and some gorgeous mohair/wool roving ready for dying.
Once in Sante Fe we visited the Georgia O'Keefe museum which I had somehow failed to experience in my previous travels. We also had the opportunity to see this marvelous staircase in Loretto Chapel. It is truly an example of ingenious engineering.
Mariah and Myself
We searched high and low for Needles Eye (a local LYS), but gave up after circling side streets on foot under a big umbrella. The weather ended up being pleasant despite forecasts, except for Tues. in Santa Fe there were a few showers and a little hail. However it was refreshing to take in the clean smell of spring mixed with the rich earth.
The Church was awe inspiring and while there I took time to light a candle for Keith.
And alas after a few days of indulgence, massages, fine cuisine and escape it was time to make our way home.
I can not thank my most wonderful husband enough for giving us this opportunity to recharge. It is the best Mother's day present one could ask for and I am so glad I was able to share it with such wonderful friends. I hope we are fortunate enough to return again.

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