Breckenridge snow sculpture

Every January, the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado hosts the International Snow Sculpture Championships. For over twenty years, teams of snow artists from around the world come and ply their creative craft with the natural materials of the Rocky Mountains. Each team begins with a twelve-foot block of snow along Breck’s Riverwalk. At the beginning of the week,Continue reading “Breckenridge snow sculpture”

Aspen

Most winters, I take a break to soak in the natural pools at Glenwood Springs, just a few hours west of my mountain home. Last week, I spent some time at the hot springs and drove to Aspen for a day. I hadn’t been there in decades, when I attended the Aspen Music Festival withContinue reading “Aspen”

Antonito

The little town of Antonito lies just north of the Colorado/New Mexico border, on the Colorado side. When I’ve headed down that way, I’ve stayed a few times at the Indiana Jones Bed and Breakfast. On this road trip in October 2022, I spent a night there on the way down and the way back.Continue reading “Antonito”

Ghost Ranch

The town along the road to Ghost Ranch is Abiquiui (pronounced ah-bi-kyu), where the artist Georgia O’Keeffe had a home and studio. Her adobe complex is circled by adobe walls. I had tried to get tickets online a month in advance. At the Abiquiui Welcome Center, I was told that there are only six peopleContinue reading “Ghost Ranch”

New Mexico towns

My first stop heading north from Santa Fe was at Pojoaque Pueblo, a Native American nation with its own government. At the pueblo, Poeh Cultural Center, a complex of traditional adobe buildings, has an exhibit portraying Tewa people throughout thousands of years of history and culture. And there was a wonderful new exhibit that touchedContinue reading “New Mexico towns”

Bandelier National Monument

An hour’s drive northwest from Santa Fe is a place where humans lived centuries before the state of New Mexico and its cities existed. I hiked through the wild landscape and ruins of Bandelier National Monument with my cousin and his partner in 2014. Although I didn’t detour there again on this recent road tripContinue reading “Bandelier National Monument”

Walking Santa Fe

Just a few blocks south of my inn, a short walk down Guadelupe Street, stands the iconic sculpture at Santuario de Guadelupe. Opened in 1795, she is listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties. Our Lady, a lovely dark figure, draped in a light blue cape studded with stars, a patch ofContinue reading “Walking Santa Fe”

Santa Fe landmarks, 100th post!

They say time flies while you’re having fun, and blogging has certainly been an enjoyable pastime. This post is my 100th entry. My warmest thanks to those of you who have liked, commented, and/or followed this blog, or even just stopped by briefly to check it out. I truly appreciate your visits and participation. IContinue reading “Santa Fe landmarks, 100th post!”

Leadville

Starting out for a week-long road trip to Santa Fe and environs in October, I took one of the many scenic routes through the Colorado mountains. Leadville, at 10,000 feet in altitude, was a convenient place to stop and stretch my legs, walking around town. Like the town I live in, and many Colorado mountainContinue reading “Leadville”

Kites

You may know it as the Day of the Dead in Mexico. In Guatemala November 1st is called All Saints Day. Families flock to cemeteries to decorate graves and visit their ancestors, but the wonderful surprise about this special day is the kites. Guatemaltecas create colorful kites, tiny and gigantic, artistic or whimsical or with sociallyContinue reading “Kites”