Santa Fe, NM. Saturday, March 5, 2011 started out pretty well. We (V. & I) arose at 4:00am MST to drive down to Bernalillo, NM near Albuquerque. We arrived at our 6:00am (MST) rendezvous behind a Starbucks on SR550 to meet up with a group of photographer/hikers to head into the BLM-designated BADLANDS outside of Cuba, NM.
So far so good. We drove on.
At 8:00am we arrived at our destination: Mesa de Cuba.
For a number of hours, hiking, exploring and photographing were the activities. I was completely absorbed in the magnificence and beauty of this remote area, scouting out photo situations & thinking about what sorts of images I was going to make.(I have spent many hours/days in badlands locations and am quite obsessed with the sort of isolated weird landscapes in these locales.)
After a while (hours maybe?) I drifted away from my orientation points. I was lost! There I was -disoriented--in 4500 acres of hoodoos & other surreal formations. I didn't catch a glimpse of another person. Previously familiar rocks & arroyos suddenly looked totally foreign. I headed somewhat South (?), keeping my ears and eyes on alert --- finally I began to hear sporadic car/truck noise-at last I saw a road in the distance & the occasional vehicle. Whew! I crawled through some barbed wire fencing and followed a road (paved, even) until I recognized a small dirt path which I followed for some ways back to our initial starting point.
I was so very relieved but also very embarrassed for being so careless.............
In a less wild environment---on the historic Eastside of Santa Fe---I have a wonderful residential listing at 951 Camino Santander (MLS #201005972). The single level adobe main house was built in the late 1930s; it has maintained its original details---such as vigas, beams, latillas, kiva fireplace, old wood floors---while benefitting from recent updates. There is a separate charming guesthouse, plus lovely landscaping and outdoor spaces. On Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 10am-1:00pm MST there will be an open house, with great food. Please stop by if you are in Santa Fe or call me (mobile:505-490-3203) to see this great property if you plan to be in the area. $950,000.