Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NM and Ghost Ranch

Last Saturday my husband and I went up to see Ghost Ranch, NM, where Georgia O'Keeffe lived and painted. I have always read about the greatness, and the vast and unique beauty of NM, and how many famous artists and writters have settled here (DH Lawrence, Mabel Lodge, and more recently, "celebrities" such as Julia Roberts and Val Kilmer). So I was excited to see what the look and feel would be.

I have lived in NM for 13 years, but because I grew up in WY, I think the impact of coming to NM was less than if I had lived in the eastern United States. I have always lived in the west, and when I moved here from the bay area (Fairfield, CA) and my husband and I drove up to Santa Fe, we kept waiting for the "magic" to hit us. (It didn't.)
Then we drove up to Taos, and when we hit the summit, coming into the valley, and town of Taos, we were struck with the beauty everyone talks about. There really was a unique quality to the atmosphere and light. (But who could say that walking around Jackson Hole, WY, surrounded by the Tetons, or on top of the Rocky Mountains in Vail, CO, or swimming in the surf at Stinson Beach, or even anywhere in HI, is any less beautiful?) Each place is beautiful!!

So having said all that, I find it hard, if not impossible to choose one place in our country that is the most beautiful. NM has grown on me over the past 13 years though, and I really do love it here! Now I am struck with NM's beauty every day! Just looking out my window at the Sandia Mountains, and the deep blueness of the sky, it really is awesome!! (I even enjoy the trip up to Santa Fe.)
When we went to Ghost Ranch, (2 hrs from Albuquerque) the most amazing thing to me was to stand where Georgia O'Keeffe stood and painted, and seeing the exact landscape as in her painting. The guide (yes we went on the tour) would hold up a picture of a painting, and then we'd look up and there it was, exactly as she saw it. That to me was incredible!!
The only disappointing thing about the whole trip was not seeing Georgia's house. We could see it through the fence at the driveway, but other than that it is fenced off, and there are no tours through it. You can tour her house in Abiquiu, but we chose not to take that tour. (It is $40.00 each.)
Ghost Ranch itself is like an old hippie commune. They hold all kinds of classes that include many different arts and writing clinics. People wander around, and they can hike, paint, read, etc. They can even spend the night, and there is a dining hall to eat. I would think people from the "big cities" would love it. (They even filmed City Slickers there, and some of 3-10 to Yuma.)


Jill Camp said...

Hey Suzy,
I was wondering where you've been. I'm sorry about your injury. I hope you recover quickly. I've never been to Ghost Ranch but have thought it would be a great place to explore. Personally, I think New Mexico has alot of magical and beautiful places to go. It's in my blood, the love for New Mexico. Blessings and get well soon!

Suzy said...

Thanks Jill! My calf is feeling better every day! I guess NM took a while to grow on me, but now I don't think I could leave. Like I said, pretty much every day I wake up I am amazed at the beauty just outside my door! And have you been out jogging, or walking? The spring smells in the air are wonderful. With the spanish broom blooming, and the is a delight to the senses!
You should go up to Ghost Ranch. I think you would really like it. It is peaceful,serene, and beautiful!
See you soon.

Suzy said...

Beautiful scenery, and beautiful paintings.

Suzy said...

Thanks Belinda! And thanks for visiting my blog! How did you find it?


Anonymous said...

Love the new Blog! I like the way its set up. Gotta go get ready for my solo trip to SD!

Anonymous said...

Driving there and not paying to see one of your favorite artist's homes (for $40)??

haha Just kidding.


Anonymous said...

...and why are the photos from this trip at the bottom of your blog and not included in this entry?

-shane again

Suzy said...

Shane, I don't quite know how to load everything yet?? In the right spots, and sizes... I just realized you have made posts I didn't see. I'm trying to think of what to add this week. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

I always motivated by you, your opinion and attitude, again, thanks for this nice post.

- Norman

Suzy said...

Thanks Norman! I really apreciate your comment!