We’re here for a month and have been busy enjoying ourselves, which is why I haven’t been blogging about it. “In the moment” is an experience that seems hard to come by with all our online distractions. But that was my goal for this month and so far, so good.
“Is there really a month’s worth of things to do in Santa Fe?” a friend asked me a few weeks ago. Actually, there is so much to do here you couldn’t possibly do it all in a month. The sheer variety of museums, sights, adventures boggles my mind. In this post, I’ll give you a sense of the breadth of the place and some of the many reasons to visit Santa Fe.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Museum Hill offer several different…that’s right… museums. We spent a few hours at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. We could have spent more time and probably will before we leave for home.
No photography allowed inside, so I shot a few exterior photos. Some amazing exhibits (including video interviews and an exceptional video on the traditional way of making Native American pottery) provided a fairly complete look at the culture. As expected, some of the artwork was scathingly critical of what one Native called “the predominant culture.”
Here’s a beautiful sculpture on the grounds:
There’s art in nature, too. Santa Fe clouds make their own art, every minute a different design. I could look at the sky for hours.
Yes, a fierce and menacing warrior outside the museum.
But down on The Plaza….
Back down on the plaza, it’s a non-stop people-watching fest. Oh, and dog-watching. My husband was taken with this cute little guy, who was so friendly!
But then, his protector appeared out of nowhere:
Umm, OK, we’ll move along, sir!
Early one morning, my husband joined our friends Dan and Ruth up in the nearby hills, where their strenuous rock scramble was rewarded by these sights:
Yes, petroglyphs. Hundreds of them, dating to prehistoric and Spanish colonial times.
Aren’t they amazing? They’re thought to have dated back to the 13th-17th centuries.
As we used to say in Tallahassee, truly “a mess of” petroglyphs!
Then again, no visit to Santa Fe is complete without a transition from the ancient to the mystical:
How can I explain the magical property called Stardreaming?
Here’s the short story: a man (neovisionary artist James Jereb, PhD) had a vision to develop a new age site with labyrinths, temples, altars, prayer flags. So many crystals. It’s meant for meditation and mystical experiences, and we spent a few magical hours there.
Inside the Temple of Illumination, Quan Yin joined Ganesh and Buddha and, well others, to inspire us in meditation. You can just make out the bottom of one of Jereb’s paintings. And there were many.
I loved this altar in the Temple of Illumination.
The sky over Stardreaming featured clouds that were almost three-dimensional.
Read more about Stardreaming here.
Do you get the breadth of things to do here? And more to come. So if you’re planning next year’s vacation, I’d suggest you visit Santa Fe.