16 Jun, The Smooches are ensconced IN their hotel room because rain is blessing this parched, dry land with desperately needed moisture. It is supposed to rain all day and night; showers are expected off and on this week. We pray that the rain will stop the wildfires! In the meantime-and-in- between-time room time is a good thing.
15 Jun: Pagosa Springs, Colorado at the EconoLodge is where Ron and Cynthia awakened early today. Being thankful is the shortcut to peace of mind. We begin every day with a gratitude attitude. A thankful presence flows outwards and begats peace. So saith the counselor in spiritual direction. Da unabashedly hippy counterpart says that the curtains here are no better than those at the Homewood Suites at Buffalo Thunder; they let in a lot of light at 5:30 AM. We feel much better this morning since we got to bed earlier, close to 10 PM. The hotel breakfast has no fresh fruit, and the room refrigerator has no ice box for frozen veggies and fruits, but they provided quick Quaker oats and hot water. After an hour or two we walked back over to 2 Chicks and a Hippy for an omelet lunch and were quite disappointed that the cook ignored directives for no oil, so the waitress took one omelet off the bill. We told her that the cook better get it right tomorrow or we won't be back. Then we walked back to the motel to make more oatmeal and popcorn. Now it is time to hike, but Cynthia was asleep and awoke unmotivated, so tomorrow we will hike on the other side of Wolf Creek Pass at the Lobo Overlook. We rode the bike over to Wally World and bought toothpaste, cinnamon, blueberries, and other supplies. Ron is about burned out on blog updates, maybe more tomorrow. RSB - you are tooooo funny!
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|what kind of cactus is this?|
|storm clouds, but no rain. Fooey|
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8 Jun: was a stellar day! It is rare to see wildlife on our hikes. Ok, So this isn’t big wildlife but seeing a big jackrabbit with humongous long ears (click here) was pretty exciting. He was bigger than a large cat maybe 20 pounds with foot long ears; he just sat there twisting those ears back and forth as if eavesdropping on our discussion. We thought he would bolt when we moved, but he did not. Cynthia watches warily for snakes when we stop to cool off in the shade from the few trees near the trail, but we haven’t seen any snakes. Tonight’s hike was really splendid. Because we start at 7:30, it was cooler; we marveled at the glorious orange and crimson sunset for almost two miles. To the east, sunset turned the Sangre De Christo Mountains into "purple mountain majesty." The evening was not without wildlife; fat toads must have been enjoying the cooler night air, because many were hopping across the trail and lizards were everywhere. Stewart K. beat Ron three times playing GO. Good night!
7 Jun, Thurs: The SW is heating up considerably. We were exercised, oatmealed, sudokued and hiking 10:30, but the temperature was already 82 degrees, which means we baked under the New Mexico sun. This Homewood Suites not only serves breakfast but also a light meal at 5:00, plus we have a full kitchen in our suite, offering us a great place to call home while on the road. Ron is nearly finished with data entry and helped Cynthia with a DNA client this afternoon. Cynthia's article Nancy Drew Does DNA will be accepted in the National Genealogy Society Quarterly based on making a couple of changes; it takes 9-12 months to get into print.
|June 6 sunset at Buffalo Thunder near Santa Fe|
|Life in the Desert|
4 Jun: The sun is back in the heat business, but we hoofed it to the Trail early enough we enjoyed some cool breezes. The rain was efficacious in causing the cactus to bloom. Dinner at John and Linda's was Babette's Feast. Linda outdid herself. Everything we could eat was prepared beautifully.
|Blooming Cacti After Rain|
3 Jun, Sunday: Still at Buffalo Thunder, north of Santa Fe, with infrequent thunder outside and raindrops on the window. Ron is still typing notes into the computer and nursing his sore knee. We are looking forward to seeing nearly all of our Santa Fe friends at Radish & Rye this evening at 5 pm. It would be nice if it didn't rain on us, but on the other hand it would be nice for everything else if it does rain. The forecast calls for a cool evening, perhaps 60 degrees by 5pm, so I hope everyone brings a coat. The rain arrived at 3:45 lasting until we arrived in Santa Fe at 4:30. It didn’t rain on our party. Radish and Rye had the party set up on the covered patio complete with Navajo blankets on the seats of the chairs and as throws to keep us warm. The lively conversation was so fun we didn’t want it to end. The harvest-to-table food and its presentation is most interesting.. Nina had a broth chowder served in a bone. Cynthia had salmon with tiny, tiny potatoes. imagine popcorn made with duck fat. We had 7 no shows. It was exciting to hear that Stewart’s blood pressure dropped by following our Pritikin eating plan (no salt). A great time was had by all of the survivors. Good night!
2 Jun is slightly cooler. After the usual activities like exercising, eating and catching up on mail we walked the Butterfly "Trail." Ron’s knee is improved but still uncomfortable. The discomfort has transitioned from intensely painful for the first five steps to moderately uncomfortable at all times. Cynthia received an acceptance letter for her DNA article If she makes a couple of changes. WooHoo! It was great fun to see and enjoy conversation with our friend Nina at Vinaigrette tonight over a 5 o'clock dinner.
|Old iris are tall and richly colored|