Autumn has been beautiful in Southern New Mexico. The days have been warm and sunny, and filled with wonder. The nights are “just” starting to get cool, and I’m looking forward to burning some juniper and piñon wood in my kiva-style fireplace.
I’ve been busy dancing since I don’t have the “ball and chain” of teaching hanging over me any longer and it’s been great fun. I guess I’m beginning to “get the hang” of retirement.
Last weekend, I traveled to Santa Fe to see flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra. It was a wonderful weekend!
Friday, I pick up my friend (and “fanmenca”) Luci (Luz) at the airport in Albuquerque and we drove on up to Santa Fe where we picked up Linda who lives there. Our “first stop” was at the Second Street Brewery for delicious green chile cheeseburgers, perfect fries, and Railrunner Pale Ale. (We ended up going on Sunday also!) Luci and I spent the night in a very nice “pet friendly” motel, so Cali got to go along! Friday evening we all went to a lounge/restaurant called Tiny’s for some disappointing posole, but awesome music from a group called Anthony Leon and the Chain. They definitely “rocked the house!”
Saturday brought some cold weather, but Luci and I ventured out to Madrid which is an old mining town on the scenic Turquoise Trail. Saturday evening we “stayed in” and got take-out from Applebee’s and watched Paul, an irreverent movie about a stranded alien that was filmed outside of Santa Fe.
Sunday morning we traveled to the Chocolate Maven for a decadent breakfast, and then ventured to Chimayó to shop for red chile and visit El Santuario de Chimayó. On the way back to Santa Fe, we stopped by the Estrella del Norte Vineyards for a little wine tasting and shopping! Sunday evening brought the long awaited concert with Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at the beautiful Lensic, and a wonderful reception afterwards at the 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Monday morning brought goodbyes, trips to the airport, and drives home. However, I think we’re all ready to “do it again!”