White sage for smudging
When we booked a week in Santa Fe, it seemed so for off in the distance, and yet, here we are, only a month away. I’m….excited! I remember my very first trip to Santa Fe, some time around 1990. I went with a Latina girlfriend and it was all about buying and cooking chile peppers that she brought back in a suitcase specially purchased to carry these aromatic veggies. We rented a small condo and the place just reeked of them as she cooked. So did the trunk of our rental car; I felt sorry for the next driver.
It was a great trip and the first time I’d spent any time in the Southwest.
Buddhists & Hindus have their version of the Catholic rosary. Sort of. Same concept.
We’ll spend five or six days in Santa Fe, where we’ll visit with friends we haven’t seen in three decades. And do a special tour of Georgia O’Keefe’s home.
I’ll also visit a longtime writer friend I haven’t seen in a few years.
I’m particularly interested in steeping myself in the spiritual traditions of the area. There’s a fantastic new age bookstore called The Ark, and I intend to spend some time there for certain.
In the six or seven times I’ve visited since, Santa Fe became one of my favorite spots. Native American culture is very strong and it’s got an electric energy all its own.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
The Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque is where we’ll spend our last day. We’ve both been to it before, but not in a long time and not together.
If you’ve got a recommendation for something fun to do while we’re in the area, let me know in the comments. Would love to hear your favorite spots.