Monday, August 27, 2007


It had been quite some time since I had taken a whole week just to explore this wonderful nation. I met a friend, Susanne Olson, in Las Vegas and we headed out on a road trip to Santa Fe. I hadn't been to Las Vegas since 1971 (Yes, I know it has changed) and I have always wanted to experience Santa Fe.

The ten hour drive was an ever-changing panorama of the states of Arizona and New Mexico. It was impossible to think the drive was long for the scenery constantly changed before our eyes.

We stayed in Albuquerque one night at a Bed and Breakfast -- a lavender farm, wild white peacock and the most wonderful, peaceful courtyard you can imagine. Their breakfast was prepared from the produced grown on the farm. The University of New Mexico regularly holds retreats on the site. I certainly will be going back.

In Santa Fe we attended the Annual Native American Art Sale--1,100 vendors--yes, you read it right. I am thrilled to be the owner of "Traditional Birchbark Biting" --- in fact, it won 3rd prize in the unclassed art category. The artist is Wanesia Misquadace -- one of ten artists in the nation doing this kind of work.

Finally, it was time for the spa after MUCH walking. We took a trip to Taos and found a wonderful spa called Estrella Massage and Day Spa. It was small, in the country and beautiful just like you see in the pictures/movies. Teresa created her dream ---- she and her husband designed and run this outstanding place that also has well-equipped rooms if you want to stay longer--we wished we didn't have to had home.


If you travel to a number of states, it might prove more efficient to develop a folder for each state than putting it into your contact program. That way articles that grab you interest in a particular state have a place to be filed and you can even drop in contact cards that remind you of the people in the area. Traveling to a state...pull out your folder.

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