Our home for three days is Villanueva State Park tucked in between the Pecos River and tall sandstone walls. Many of the sites are winter empty so we feel like we're boondocking, except for the hot showers. Yesterday it was 76 degrees, today it's 56, with clouds and wind making it seem much colder. Nevertheless, we had a nice hike to the top of the ridge.
See little Thistle tucked into the trees?
And we can't wait for Santa Fe. Our first trip is brief, mostly to do laundry but also to get an initial Santa Fe hit. We were smitten immediately. At some point during our Santa Fe afternoon we thought about lockout, always a State Campground issue. We figured it would be 9:00 or 10:00, but we hadn't remembered to check. Returning home, a little before 9:00, we discovered we'd missed the 7:00 curfew and were locked out. Just as we were settling in to boondock outside the gate the ranger appeared and unlocked the gate for us disobedient campers.
Tomorrow we're heading back to Santa Fe for more exploration, a coffee shop for internet, and a gallery or two, keeping in mind our 7:00 curfew.
We've only had time for one gallery so far. It was Georgia O'Keefe. Much of her best work is in private collections, we assume, as it was not in the gallery. What was very fine in the gallery were photographs of Georgia O'Keeffe herself, and her artistic passion.
"One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe