Me and Thelma are thriving out here in the great American west. You can check in here for photos and news. Feel free to post comments!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Another chapter in the quest. Enjoy this episode while you can as I broke the camera today and I imagine it will take a while to repair or replace it. This was a visit to an old ruins outside of Bandelier National Monument. There are the remains of cliff dwellings and an old town (circa 400 AD), petroglyphs, and more.


My friends, Elizabeth and Richard, who brought me here

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The view from the top of the mesa

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pottery shards from 600 or more years ago

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a petroglyph of a hand
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these stone paths have been worn deep by centuries of passing feet. In places they are two or more feet deep.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

y'all don't know what you're missing!


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Here's a few photos of the past couple days. The snowy ones were earlier in the week when we (wrongly) thought we'd be getting some snow fall. "Oh", you say, " but there is snow in them there hills". And indeed there was, but only in the hills. My neighbor, Kyle, and Molly, and I had to drive up towards the ski basin to enjoy the white stuff. Down here in town it was only cold and cloudy and only for a while. The blue-skied pics are from a hike today with my friend, Elizabeth, at Tent Rocks National Monument - just 30 minutes south of Santa Fe. The 'tent's were formed by volcanic ash that fell some half a million years ago and have been sculpted by wind and water for millenia. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Me and Molly up on the mountain - the only place where she can find that cold white stuff she loves so much!




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and it's another year

Thelma and Louise ride again
Pardon is begged for having waited almost a month to check in again. The holidays were not so chipper. I missed my kids, my packages didn't make it in time, and it wasn't even white. In fact, I think it was warmer here than in Florida! It's a new year though and all is well again. I'm enjoying my work at the hospital. It is insanely busy, but I'm learning a lot, remembering much that I haven't used in years, and meeting lots of good people.

It's been rather warmish here. Well, warmer than it has any right to be in January. The skies remain incredibly blue and clear. No precipitation in sight. The skiers are all on Prozac and if something doesn't change it will be an awfully dry, drab, and dusty summer, but right now it's great hiking weather. The best. And with my work schedule more under control, Molly and I are enjoying it very much. Carpe diem! Not sure I have any new photos to post, but if I do, they'll be on board soon. Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

It snowed! I woke up this morning to a world of white. Molly and I went for a long walk, grateful for my new boots which providentially arrived last night. It's not that the snow is so deep - only a few inches - but.... it's a beautiful thing anyway. Here are a few pics from our early morning walk. Hope you enjoy! The first two are from along the river where we often walk, and the last is along Canyon Road.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Here's a sad MIss Molly. She's been under the weather lately (I'll spare you the details) but I'm happy to report that after a visit to the vet today that cost me the equivalent of one month of insurance cobra payments, she's on the upswing and looking more like....

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her usual self l- seen here earlier in the week on a hike up Big Tesuque. She absolutely loves the snow and running thru icy streams.

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Here's a little more from that hike. I sure wish it was that white down here in town, but what snow there was over Thanksgiving weekend has melted, leaving only crumpled brown leaves, and very pinched and dry looking vegetation.

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Speaking of Thanksgiving, here's what I was thankful for on my visit home to FL. It was great to be back with old friends and family, to celebrate my BIG birthday several times in several places - especially at Katie's big party for me on Sunday, to walk on the beach, to feel warm all the time.... but even the gorgeous beaches, the technicolor sunrises, and yes, even these fine people are not enough to bring me back permanently. I'm where I belong right now. Now if only it would snow!

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

broke, busted, or bored

Maybe that's what I'll be once I go part time, but somehow I don't think so. It's just a few days til my full time days are done and I'm back to fiscal uncertainty, but a heck of a lot more free time. And what really matters in life? Is it money? NO. Oh, OK, it does matter. I have to eat (though not much) and I have to have a place to live and all that, but ... but.... but... you have to either have your heart in your work or you have to work hard for the biggest bucks and the shortest time until you find work that fills your heart. That's what I say anyway.

All that aside, here's a little follow up on what went before.


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Yeah, I thought you'd like that one. That's Miss Molly, aka Farah, aka the Farah Princess. My sweet companion and foot warmer on cold nights.

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And this is what it's like up in the mountains. Or, more accurately, what it was like a couple weeks ago. It's tending more towards bare branches, deep blue sky, and all that yellow on the ground, fading to gold. This picture was taken on Burrego/Bear Wallow/Windsor Trail a couple weeks ago - it was so beautiful it would bring tears to your eyes.


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and this was the Chama River last weekend as I drove up that little winding red road to the right to Christ in the Desert Monastery for another weekend - spent mostly sitting by the river watching ravens, shivering in the dark looking up at the Milky Way stretched across the sky, climbing the hills and into the canyons, and listening to the monks sing the offices - oh...and eating their homemade bread at every meal. Those guys know how to make bread.
http://www.christdesert.org/

Soon I'll be flying home to Florida, friends, family....looking forward to that, but meanwhile, I'm still happy here.