Monday, July 16, 2018


We took our most recent guests for a drive, hoping to see some wildlife,
but what we saw was a lot of wildflowers. I believe this is Fire Weed.
I am not sure what this is, but it seems to be hearty....growing right out of the rocks.
Not a lot of flowers here. I just liked the tree trunk.
The Beavers have been busy.
Nature amazes me with it's many colors.
Throw in the mountains, abundance of water around here, and it makes for a nice drive.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Bear Dance

You really have to pay attention so as not to miss what is going on in this little town
I happened to read thta the Red Sky Drum group of the Ute Tribe would be in town to preform the Bear Dance.
Apparently legend has it that two brothers went out to hunt game. One became tired and asked to stay behind to rest. He was leaning up against a tree when a bear appeared. That bear instructed the young brave how to do the Bear Dance....showing respect to the bears. He was to return to his tribe and teach the others.
We were then taught the dance and had fun marching around to the drum beat.
Always something to do around here!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Backyard

In this little mountain town we have a music venue called The Back Yard. It is located behind a gas station. Sounds very primitive but it is  a wonderful place to attend a concert. There is the wall of a cliff behind the stage that is great for bouncing the music back out into the crowd.
The most recent concert we attended was a tribute to the late John Denver. Chris Collins not only looks a bit like Denver but her sounds very much like him. Oops I caught his eyes closed.
Chris has a groupie (I guess that is what you call them) who had come all the way from Japan to hear him. She was a huge John Denver fan and I guess she catches as many of Chris Collins performances as she can. I went back to talk to her. Her English was limited and my Japanese was not existent....but she seemed to appreciate that I would stop and try to talk to her.
As I turned to go away. She opened her hand and offered me a little origami crane...I guess as a gesture of friendship. I love meeting interesting people...Oh and the concert was terrific!

Monday, July 9, 2018


On our return from Santa Fe, New Mexico
I spotted this old car parked in front of a liquor store in the dusty little town of Estrella, Colorado. I guess it was there to catch your eye...which it did.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Plaza

Santa Fe was formed as a Spanish Colony in 1610 making it the second oldest city in the US. New Mexico did not become a U.S. state until 1910, Santa Fe being it's capitol city. Although small compared to other U.S. cities, with  a population of  only around 83,000, it is major tourist destination. The center of the town and activity is the Central Plaza, surrounded by Indian markets, gift shops and restaurants.
We found it to be a relaxing spot to be in the early evening. A place to sit on a shaded bench and enjoy an ice cream cone.
The activities seemed to change from hour to hour. Here a street musician was entertaining the crowd.
Another time, we all of a sudden heard the sounds of an approaching mariachi band.
Of all things, it was a wedding party.
Seems it is a tradition to come out of the church and march all the way around the plaza to music. Reminds me of the wedding marches I have heard about in New Orleans.
So if you are ever in Santa Fe, don't forget to take the time to sit and enjoy it's Central Plaza.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Dog Bar

I had walked by it several times before noticing it.

The little sketch below the water faucet. It was along the path we walked several times a day from where we were staying in Santa Fe to the center of town.
Pausing for a moment I also noticed the mail box that was lower on the wall than usual. Seems it was a Doggie Bar. The owner of this little gift shop puts treats inside for visiting dogs and apparently they are also welcome to have a drink from the faucet. Very thoughtful in the warm southwest climate.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


I spoke of the flowers on our recent trip to Santa Fe.
I think that the Adobe walls make the perfect backdrop for flowers. This is the corner of my niece's apartment. Some sort of plant with blue berries was growing up the walls.
On the short  walk to town there were several yards with Holley Hocks.
There were however many more patches of Russian Sage
It must be easy to grow in the dry dessert climate, so I am thinking of planting some on the east side of our cabin. Another bonus is that the deer don't like them. I understand that not matter what season you visit Santa Fe, there will be some sort of flower blooming.