Thursday, October 29, 2009

DH and I are currently in our beloved Santa Fe. My heart soars to the heights of the rugged rock formations and thrills to the colors of afternoon light glancing off the mountains.

Yesterday we visited Chimayo (apologies for the spelling), a tiny village tucked into the mountains about an hour north of Santa Fe. The village is home to a tiny church, built in 1816 that is called the American Lourdes. So many faithful have come here for healing of the body or spirit.

The adobe walls are surrounded by candles and makeshift crosses people have fashioned from anything they could find (twigs, popsicle sticks, cut tin cans, nails, and the like) and then fastened them to the fencing around the parking lot. Fascinating.

There was snow here in the high desert yesterday and we woke to a beautiful dusting of powdery precipitation on the pinon trees, adobe walls, and grasses. What beauty there is here! It is so inspiring, I've been working on a concept for a new book.


Gerrie said...

I have some soil/sand from Chimayo. What a wonderful place. I keep it in a special vessel.

Anonymous said...

Beth, thank you for taking me back to Chimayo! Santa Fe and surrounding areas are my fav for short trips out west.
My Dh and I go to many of the old Pueblo ruins, some on private lands which are amazing.