Sandia Crest, Kokopelli and Tinkertown

4/17/15 Friday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)

Last night we decided to not drop our levelers since the hard ground is so level where we are. We put out the slides as soon as the wind calmed down. Ah, the space is nice. John remembered to unhook our hose from the city water and bring the filters inside.

Just as predicted it got very cold last night, in the 30’s if not the 20’s. We didn’t sleep well, so slept in until 8:30. We still managed to get through our usual routine. While John watched his TV shows I worked on the blog and did a load of laundry. John packed our lunches. We were on our way to the Turquoise Trail. It’s a road along which various mines brought turquoise. As it turned out, we soon left that trail to drive up to the Sandia Crest, at the top of Sandia Mountain (10,600 ft). Sandia is Spanish for Watermelon, named thus because of the colors on the mountain at sunset. It was really cold and windy up there with amazing views. We browsed in the gift shop (I got a T shirt with the Kokopelli figure), then braved the winds at the top to see the mountain ranges nearby and Albuquerque, in the Rio Grande Valley


Sandi Crest

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We had our lunch in the warm car, then struck off on a short nature trail that went along the crest for a bit, then in a forested area.

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On our way back, we stopped at “Tinkertown Museum”. A friend had recommended it-a delightful small town along with whimsical collections, carvings and signs created by Ross Ward.

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Ross Ward had Alzheimer’s when he was 57. He died at 62. His wife helped him divert his energies into creating an “Art Car” out of his car, to distract him from trying to drive it.

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This was a wealth of visual delights, well worth the $3/senior-62 price of admission.

When we got home I dove into cleaning house while John got caught up with his taped TV shows and “Emergency”. Big, fun, cold day.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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