Archive | May, 2017

Friday:) Friends, Freezing Cold and More Photos

27 May

“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”~Horace Traubel

A lot of traveling this past week. New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and back again. Today, we went from sunglasses and t-shirts to heavy coats and hats, and back again all in the same day.

A few pictures along the way. I think I only took 68 today.

My friends Jim and Molly, and a warm sunny day. Molly showed us around an old monastery in Snowmass. I’d tell you about it, but I had to take a vow of silence. (Just kidding) We did have to whisper though. I couldn’t take any pictures inside. (It was killing me) The view from the grounds were amazing.

My favorite picture from the monastery, looking at the snow capped mountain.

St. Benedict’s Monastery is a monastery in mountainous country of the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in Pitkin County in the unincorporated town of Snowmass about 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Aspen. The monks are members of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly called the Trappists.
Currently the monastery is home to about 16 monks. The monks live communally in the monastery. Their day is balanced by prayer, work, reading, and contemplation.
St. Benedict’s is located on over 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of a scenic, semiarid valley in the foothills of the Elk Mountains, near the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The monastery protects a large amount of open space in a sensitive area near important wildlife migration routes. The monks manage their ranchlands, operate a cookie bakery, and offer retreat facilities for groups and individuals. The retreat house and guest hermitages are located about 1 mile from the main monastery building.
More pictures while driving…

Independence Pass and snow. We threw snow balls and froze.

It was a good day. Hot, cold, and back again.

Theme Song Thursday:) Somewhere Over the Rainbow

26 May

“We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.” ― Jenim Dibie


Today at Arches National Park, at the end of a very long day of sight seeing in a couple of different states, cities and sites, a fantastic surprise. The skies were dark and gloomy on one side of the mountains and sunny and bright on the other. The result…see for yourself.

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. It contains the highest density of natural arches in the world.

More from Arches…

I took 85 pictures today. Aren’t you glad there are only 7 here? 

“We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.” 

― Jenim Dibie

Wednesday:) What? More Wonderful Vacation Pictures

25 May

“No man needs a vacation as much as the man who just had one.”

~Elbert Hubbard


I’m going to need a vacation after my vacation. Only half way through, and I have ten thousand pictures. Well, almost. Maybe just five hundred. 

Yesterday, a drive up to Chaco Canyon. 

The Center of Chacoan Culture

For all the wild beauty of Chaco Canyon’s high-desert landscape, its long winters, short growing seasons, and marginal rainfall create an unlikely place for a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture to take root and flourish. Yet this valley was the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. The monumental scale of its architecture, the complexity of its community life, the high level of its community social organization, and its far-reaching commerce created a cultural vision unlike any other seen before or since.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day…Take Pictures

24 May

“If you can’t describe how beautiful something is, take lots of pictures.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday, a fascinating trip to Bandelier National Park to check out the ancient Puebloan ruins.  This is what Wikipedia has to say…

Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre (13,629 ha) United States National Monument near Los Alamos in Sandoval and Los Alamos Counties, New Mexico. The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.

Here’s what I have to say…

I took a lot of pictures. There’s a couple hundred more. Aren’t you glad I didn’t post them all?

Montage Monday and More New Mexico

22 May

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.” ― Willa Cather


A wonderful week of travel, churches, mountains, art shows, museums and more,

A week in a peek.

Sunday Sermon and Some More Santa Fe

22 May

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”

~J. M. Barrie


I had the honor of attending Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. A beautiful cathedral and lovely service. I especially liked that the hymns were sung both in English and Spanish. 

The sermon was a simple one. My take on it… Just follow the commandments. It doesn’t get easier than that. Even if you don’t particularly believe in a stone tablet that God engraved on a mountain top and gave to Moses, all the principals apply. Honor God, parents, spouses, neighbors, don’t lie, cheat, steal, and treat EVERYONE with respect. Easy peasey. 

The Gospel ends…
Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

I lit a candle and offered my prayer and petitions. 

After church, the plaza was packed with people on a lovely spring day. There was an antique car show, and entertainment at the bandstand of Folclorico Dancers. Dancers of all ages in colorful costumes. 

Great old cars lined all four streets of the plaza. 

Another fine day in Santa Fe. 

Saturday In Santa Fe:) Colors, Culture and Catholic Churches

21 May

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” ― Albert Camus


We spent the entire day in and around the plaza in Santa Fe. The bright and vibrant colors in the markets were contrasted by the soft reverent hues of dimly lit churches.

A very talented artist, Julie Salazar, had a magnificent display of colorful paintings and photographs, with interesting textures and themes.

The San Miguel Mission is a lovely old church with a fascinating history. San Miguel Mission, also known as San Miguel Chapel, is a Spanish colonial mission church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built between approximately 1610 and 1626, it is the oldest known church in the United States.

I knelt, said a prayer, and lit a candle, and I could almost feel the millions of prayers and petitions that had been said before me. Simple walls, statues, and icons, but built and crafted with love and devotion.

Another great day in Santa Fe.