"Everything's Fine Now...." Adventures in Wild New Mexico (I) + Open House Follow-up

Real Estate Agent with Barker Realty Santa Fe, NM 87501


 driving on highway 550

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.

beadlands formationses

toward Mesa

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.)  

across grasslands

boulders and mesa formations

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.

dead tree

I was so very relieved but also very embarrassed for being so careless.............


livingroom with vigas

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.


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Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Leah - Another lesson in staying with your buddy!  Even as we get older we need to keep that in mind!  : )  The listing is absolutely lovely--my kind of home!

Mar 07, 2011 01:07 PM #1
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Leah, remember to let someone at the office know the destination of your next adventure, especially when you are headed to our awesomely wild Badlands where there is no cell service! Glad you are back safe with a treasure of new pictues!

Mar 07, 2011 11:59 PM #2
Leah Siegel
Barker Realty Santa Fe, NM 87501 - Santa Fe, NM

hi Chris and Emily -

thanks for the concern - i did leave my destination information with some folks here in santa fe.

i had great response and turn-out for the open house at Camino Santander today -- about 100 people came by!!!! Amazing!



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