My son and I had the pleasure of spending six amazing days in New Mexico with my Mother-in-law this past week. We have been to visit before, yet each time there is something new to see. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place. I can easily see why so many artists and creative-minded people choose to settle there. The landscape and the feeling of being a part of something vast and ancient is inspiring.
We attended the feast day at Acoma Pueblo on the first full day that we were there. The mesa upon which the old church and original family homes are built is nestled in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. We were invited in to eat with one of my Mother-in-law’s friends and enjoyed the hospitality of two incredibly generous women before wandering the dusty streets to see the ceremonial dances. I have been to Acoma three times now, but I never tire of visiting, of imagining what it might have been like to live there a few hundred years ago; or even sixty years ago, when the only access to the top of the mesa was a set of somewhat precarious steps carved into the rock wall.
We visited El Morro National Monument and hiked the headland to see the ancient ruins and read the inscriptions carved into the rock face. We hiked to the top of Bandera Volcano and looked down into the crater left by an eruption which altered the surrounding landscape for miles. We stood at the mouth of the ice cave and shivered in spite of the sun on our backs. We drove over Mt. Taylor and through the Zuni Mountains. It was all incredible, and I truly was inspired.
I managed to write two new cottage stories (Overboard, Canoeing), two new farm blog entries (Pecans , I Love Winter), and a poem (Untamed); not to mention this blog entry. I hope you enjoy the new stories.
What is one of your favorite places to visit?