February 10, 2015 Santa Fe
Destination: Madrid, NM; Tent Rocks National Monument; Santa Fe History Museum
Today is a day trip to the south of Santa Fe. In Madrid, counter-cultural “characters”, aged biker-dudes and other throw-backs from the '60's, walk the main street of this whistle-stop town and gather on the porch for coffee and gossip. I swear we saw the stereotype of “Wyatt Earp” walking down the street dressed in black with his steam-punk duster coat, black hat, and cane rounding out the look—only thing missing were his six guns. Every shop is packed with artisan's crafts, and the exteriors are painted a brightly-hued color—every psychedelic color under the sun to catch your eye.
Driving on a dirt road from Madrid to Tent Rocks National Monument we happened upon an active Native American pueblo. The reason I call it “active” is because the main road to the Cochiti Pueblo led to the top of a knoll and dead-ended at a huge modern round kiva. On a large placard in bold letters a sign read, “Absolutely no photos, videos, or cell phone pictures; By order of the Governor” So, we took no pictures—only memories—of a unique blending of a historic, simple lifestyle injected into modern-day living. For more information: http://www.pueblodecochiti.org
Hiking in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument was another opportunity to witness the beauty God created—eye candy. For more information: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html
Our day ended by visiting the New Mexico History Museum which gave us an idea of the complicated development of the state of New Mexico—the difficult blending of diverse cultures and the modern-day respect and pride for that diversity.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.