morning here in flagstaff, arizona. at a howard johnsons. we have a fridge and a microwave in the room so that’s nice. i’m just realizing i had a dream last night where i made a home cooked meal and i was really excited about it. …! last night for reals i made gil and i nice sandwiches and was able to make miss cv noodles and carrots (not that one really makes raw carrots, but you know) — it felt like a home meal so that must have got my subconscious wandering down that road.
there are a couple new mexico events i still want to share. man, i miss it already. i don’t miss staying in the hotel so much, although it was very nice — the la quinta inn on san mateo ne if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay, that gets the hogfarm seal of approval. (MAN, and i am bummed i didn’t get a photo with the young cholas that managed the place and took really good care of us. and the maintenance hombre that kept the pool and surrounding area SPARKLING like it was his own.)
that crazy state did it to me again, tho. completely enchanted. i feel like i didn’t do enough sprinting through the desert. next time. the landscape makes me heady. it was so good to go back and spend time here and there. the wild fires curtailed some of our plans…and miss cv’s desire to swim and swim and swim and swim kept us close to the hotel room, too. which was just fine. between the sun and the sun reflecting off the pool water, i am a deep shade of deep deep bronze that i’m not sure i’ve ever seen myself in before. miss cv, too! and gilberto looks all vato indio. and my hair has all the highlights and golden tips that i totally forgot about since living out east. hola, sol.
sandwiched between two albuquerque stays, we went up to santa fe and visited good friends we hadn’t seen in many years! it was lovely seeing them and their home and slipping into a groove without missing a step. again, i wish i got a shot of the tequila session after dinner. but alas, we were busy.
the next day we didn’t have much of a plan but ended up just sitting under a tree in the plaza ..pretty much all day. we chatted with lots of people, read, drew pictures, hung out with parrots, listened to various street musicians, bought cheap straw hats and had an amazing lunch at tia sadies. it was lovely, rejuvenating and so very relaxing.
after visiting our friends once more we headed north. really wanted to go to the jemez and jemez springs, but the wild fires wouldn’t allow it. so we drove up to chimayo and to the old sanctuario there. even got to see father roca! got our holy dirt (puro nuevo mexico-style) and decided to press on to taos.
taos is complicated. not sure how it sits with me. the area is lovely for sure, altho i think i prefer the landscape more to the south. we just drove through and decided to head back to placitas for one evening. we did stop along the road just south of pilar and spend about an hour watching the river and people drifting down in rafts and just loving that spot. if we had planned it better, it would have been dreamy to find a camping spot in the area and just enjoy the river in the desert. next time.
today we’re headed up the mountain a bit from flagstaff. i think our next two nights will be in a yurt! and we’ll go say hi to the grand canyon. more soon.
ACK! i forgot the baby lizard shots!! tomorrow! actually, no signal at the yurt, but soon!!