Turquoise Trail, Santa Fe and Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

4/20/15 Monday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)

Our best night of sleep yet!!! Must be all that walking. Plus I had lots of energy for my morning chores, even cleaning the floor. Ready to leave for Santa Fe and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum by 9:30. We took Hwy 14, a scenic byway and the shortest route from this campground.

Views along Hwy 14, The Turquoise Trail, called this because of all the turquoise mined along this area.

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In Santa Fe we couldn’t find any free parking, just street meters and paid lots so we relented and paid $4 for 2 hours at a nearby lot on Grant St. Nice, small museum ($12/person), where I could take photos in the first 4 galleries! The images of Georgia are by Stieglitz, her husband and famous photographer. We watched a video that showed even more of her work, along with explaining her life.

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Lunch time.


We had 45 minutes to find a place, eat and return to our car. We walked .3 miles up Palace Ave to Palacio Cafe (only breakfast and lunch menus). Small, filled by the time we’d received our sandwich (Taos Style). That sandwich was AWESOME! So flavorful, juicy, with melt in your mouth roast beef, provolone, green chilies, caramelized onions. All on a grilled panini sourdough bread. Splitting was good, half the sandwich was just fine.

As we were relaxing after supper I got a text from my sister: “We’re in Santa Fe. Where are you?” Sheesh! I had to reply that we’d just visited Santa Fe today!! We got our heads together and figured, since we’re both heading along I-40 to Las Vegas, although at different tempos, we’ll meet in Flagstaff later to visit the Grand Canyon together. Yipee!!


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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