We left White sands and travelled to Santa Fe to visit a dear friend I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. I was excited, but at the last minute I got REAL nervous!!! The highway between White Sands and Santa Fe is a completely different topography than Texas. Also, the speed limit is much lower in New Mexico.
New Mexico is the most calming place. I believe it might be the altitude, but it definitely creates a hallucinogenic feeling!!! In Texas the speed limit was 80 and we went almost 90. In New Mexico, the speed limit is 55 on the back roads we travelled. You REALLY go 55 because ALL the people with a NM license plate go 45, so you just know if you top that, your a idiot!!!
Interestingly enough, we came upon a pistachio and nut farm. We stopped and bought gifts and it was great fun. At one nut farm they had 20 different flavors of pistachios to try. My favorite was green chili!!! I love spicy and hot. Isabella loved the sweet and spicy brittle. It was amazing to see all the flavors they created.
We got back in the car and as I drove, it felt as if the PERFECT setting was painted and was a moving scenery on a movie set with our car being a prop sitting still. I seriously kept feeling like I was hallucinating. After spending a day driving 90mph on a straight road the prior day, my mind was just confused going 45mph. It seriously felt like the car was not moving.
We finally arrived at my friends house!!! It was amazing!!! The home is
hidden by a secret fence!!! They have two dogs, three cats and 7 fish. One of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever visited.
After a wonderful night’s sleep, I awakened and walked to town. I passed a gallery with the doors open and walked in. It was the gallery of Angel Wynn. All over her walls where photographs of ghosts. It tripped me out. I have been working on recording a song about angels, so I it made me smile that the first gallery I visited was an Angel!!! You can check out her work here. Check out her work
I returned back to the house, and my friend Elizabeth whisked us away
to the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs. We spent the day soaking in a mud bath and arsenic, iron, soda, and mineral waters. This was such a gift beyond words.
On our way home, Elizabeth slammed on the breaks and pulled over on the side of the road. She said “Check out this photo op.” She is an AMAZING photographer. Low and behold we walked around the side of the building she had seen from the road and it had Raphael’s “Two Putti’ reconstructed on it!!!
I have been painting angels that go with the song I am recording called “A Part Of Everything” and Raphael’s angel’s have been of great inspiration to me, so this gave me serious goose bumps!!!
We then returned home to an unbelievable dinner Elizabeth prepared. After dinner we all walked into town to The Plaza. Santa Fe is soooooooo beautiful!!! You can REALLY see the stars at night too!!! As I go to sleep tonight I am thankful for stars, angels, and friendships that surpass time!!!
The second day, we relaxed and then walked into town. The weather was amazing. It was about 100 degrees but felt cool. I love the dry air. In town we came upon an incredible show of the works by Margaret Bourke-White at a beautiful gallery called the Monroe Gallery. I was so intrigued. She was the first female photographer for Time magazine. Her photos were from the 20’s and 30’s!!! They told stories in a way that I hope my songs and oil paintings tell stories. If photos could be proliphic, her’s would be equal to our most prolific writers in history. My favorite was a school room full of kids. The gallery also had pictures of Ghandi and his family. I recently wrote a song where I speak of Ghandi. “BE the change you wish to see in the world” really speaks to me and challenges me daily!!!
We visited local shops and then The Plaza, and met tons of Native American Indians selling their hand-crafted pieces of art. I fell in love with ALL of it, but I was budget-behaved. I did get my daughter a gorgeous little necklace and it looks so beautiful on her!!!
As we walked home, the Catholic Church was having a giant processional. I took video and then we walked along the river and through the woods back to the secret hideaway.
Elizabeth made steamed muscles, artichokes, and bread. Not sure I have ever tasted anything so good in my life!!! We then went for another midnight stroll back into town and we walked the labyrinth at Cathedral Bascilica of Saint Francis Of Assisi.
Ready for another great night of sleep and then up early to drive to the Grand Canyon!!! As you can tell, the miracle book is working!!! I am finding myself surrounded by such beauty, goodness, and unexpected incredible surprises!!! Just feeling so darn thankful!!!