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New Mexico Wanderings

We spent 3 nights in the Wild Rivers Recreation area, enjoying our campsite on the rim overlooking the Rio Grande. The evenings and mornings were cool and beautiful; we’d spend most of the day in town.

On Tuesday we got a call from our friend Dave, telling us that Diana had collapsed, was in the hospital and unconscious. The next day we drove back to Albuquerque via Chimayo to get our trailer and pack up. Chimayo is known for its weaving and for El Santurio where people go for the healing powers. We didn’t spend much time there; I’m anxious to return when we have plenty of time to explore.

From Albuequerque, we drove to Torrey UT to get some things we left at our friend Jay’s house. We stayed the night in his home – it’s such a neat place. It’s unique cordwood construction is beautiful. The wood is laid in the walls crosswise with masonry surrounding the individual pieces of wood. The ends of the wood are polished and there are some polished stones in the walls as well.

From Torrey we headed to Kanab UT, driving over Boulder Mountain through the small town of Boulder UT (of course, we had to stop at the coffeeshop) then over the Hogs Back and through Escalante Canyon (stopping at the Kiva Koffeehouse for lunch) and on to Kanab. While we were in Kanab, we looked at a home we’re going to rent Jan-March. It’s amazing – the home is beautiful and the view is spectacular. There are lots of hikes nearby (one right across the street) and it’s only 40 miles to Zion National Park, and 20 miles to an area we visited earlier this year between Kanab and Lake Powell where there are so many places to explore…Buckskin Gulch (longest slot canyon in the US), The Wave, WhitePocket, and on and on.

We spent the night in Kanab, then drove to Bishop CA to leave our trailer and a lot of gear, then started back to Seattle.

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Around Placitas

It almost seems like we are in Mexico! A lot of places are still part of very old land grants; families have lived in the same place for generations. Placitas includes mostly land grant land, with some BLM and Forest Service land as well. There are 5 springs in this area. The water is controlled by a acequia. The “domestic” water comes from particular wells, while the irrigation water comes through ditches. Each piece of property has a specific day and time to open the gate from the ditch to allow water onto that property…usually once a week for an hour. The irrigation water either floods the property or the owner may have hoses set around to water specific trees and shrubs. The “major domo” makes sure that no property owner takes more than their share of the water. Last year there was very little irrigation water; this year it seems like there is plenty.
The main road to Placitas is paved. To get to Trish’s home, you turn right at the Presbyterian Church onto a dirt road, then right again when you see the Catholic Church and drive to the end.

Dogs run loose. The neighborhood is a collection of different types of homes – from new large homes to old trailers with lots of trucks and cars in the yard. Many of the homes are brightly decorated with flowers and statues. Some have artwork formed in the stucco.

There is a lot of yard art:

And interesting gates and fences…

We have two cats to take care of – Util and Oliver. There are also the fish and a turtle (who we rarely see; he is usually burrowed in the ground)