Thursday, July 30, 2015



with Dee Sanchez, Artist and Great Driver

Heading north toward the Sangre de Christo mountains,  the initial bluffs are dry and scrubby.  Clouds are building.

In Chimayo, we loved this gate and religious wall mural on a typical adobe wall

The old Vigil store, now know as El Potrero Trading Post

Sancturario de Chimayo
I wasn't able to go in as mass was being held

In Chimayo, this small town is most famous for Sanctuario de Chimayo.  This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site.

Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant has wonderful Mexican food, great for indoor and outdoor dining.

New Mexico is out of our long lasting drought in this part of the state. It was lush and green.

Wildflowers, intersting fence posts create angles worthy of paintings

Sunflowers in full bloom, Ponderosa Pines on hillside

Whose house this is I do not know
It is within the village though

We are high...over 7000 feet
Dee's photo of sign at our lunch restaurant in Penasco.
 We had the best green chili cheeseburger of a lifetime, so good both of forgot to take a photo of it. The Green Chili Cheeseburger had a thick crisp slice on bacon on a homemade focaccia roll with crisp warm edges..

The above several photographs were taken rolling through the countryside and villages including Truchas, 
Las Trampas, Cordova and Penasco.  
The gorgeous dark clouds continued to build as we continued north to within 23 miles of Taos.

Las Trampas San Jose de Gracias Church
A Historical Site
Photo courteous of Wikipedia

(Following information and photograph from Wikipedia) 
 "Straddling a high ridge, the community began as the Nuestra SeƱora del Rosario, San Fernando y Santiago del Rio de las Truchas Grant, a Spanish land grant in 1754 and, due to its geography and location, remained a relatively unchanged outpost over the centuries. The land grant is commonly known as the Truchas Land Grant, gaining its name from the river that provides the water for irrigation of the land. Truchas is the Spanish word for trout."
Dee and I talked about our reading and seeing the movie "Milagro Beanfield War" while we were in Truchas.  The novel was written John Nichols.  Robert Redford directed the movie.

Now it is time to paint.
Stay tuned!


  1. great post! Seeing photos from trips always makes me want to take MORE trips and gather more images!

    1. So soon we are plein air painting for five days and then back on the road to the high country for painting in the fresh air....and eating again at the Sugar Nymphs Bistro.

  2. These are all such a great reminder of a trip to Taos years ago. You've caught the doors and other architecture along with beautiful nature that is so inviting there. Just great- and love your blue door painting!

  3. Such a beautiful place! Thank you for taking the time to share. Happy painting!

    1. This area is indeed beautiful, plus being so totally unique. Truly there is nothing like it. Thanks for writing Lisa.

  4. This is a favorite area of mine, and my family. We always make a point to visit when we are in New Mexico. Thanks so much for sharing your day trip with us Carol :)

  5. Be sure to let me know when you are coming again. I will get in the car pronto.


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