A Cowgirl At Heart

April 24th

Wood door 1

I’m back from my New Mexican adventure with Ms. Finny. We hadn’t seen each other since September and yet with the first embrace at the airport, we immediately fell back into place. I quickly got the feeling she’d packed a four leaf clover.
Rental car dude: “Oops. We don’t have your tiny car. Here are the keys to a much nicer one. Have a great trip!”
Hotel manager: “Oops. We gave away your tiny room. Here are the keys to your hacienda. Your butler will take your bags.”

My O'Keefe

Me: “I wonder where the Georgia O’Keeffe museum is? And will it be far for us to walk there?”
Butler: “Walk? We have a free driver. Right this way ladies.”
And so on. I can’t remember how many times Finny and I both looked at each other with goofy grins and said, “Pinch me!”

Santuario de Chimayo, print, horizontal

~The Georgia O’Keefe Museum is worth the trip alone. Her work, her vision, her incredible talent made my heart beat differently. I wanted to climb inside her paintings and spin around to see the color from every angle possible.

~The Loretto Chapel. I could feel God’s presence.

princess leah, santa fe style

~Beautiful Native American art at every turn.

~New Mexican food. It is similar to Arizona’s take on this cuisine, but with more green chile. Thankfully I didn’t have a hard time finding vegetarian options. {Finny, on the other hand, threatened to order a side of beef with her ground beef burritos. She too was in food heaven.}

Tin milagros

~The endless galleries and Hispanic vibe.

tulip opening, print

~Tulips! I couldn’t get over the wild streaks of color popping up from the soil. You can tell I’m a Phoenician.

Genius packing skills

~Snow! We took a quick trip to Taos and threw the Boy Scout motto out the window. Be prepared. Who wants to be prepared when you can flaunt pedicures in shades of spring tulips?

on the gorge

Three cheers for being able to get away for a few days and catch up with a girlfriend. I’ve returned with an enlivened spirit and the feeling I can do anything I set my mind to. I’m also rather encouraged to get back to my studio and be creative. I could easily see myself living in Santa Fe one day. I’d have long hair pulled back in a loose braid, a great pair of detailed cowboy boots on my feet, a big dog by my side and a warm cup of tea in my hands. And a giant mortgage, but that’s another story.


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51 Responses

  1. amazing photos! the trip sounds absolutely wonderful! isn’t NM just a different world – i have completely fallen in love with it. maybe next time you are in town we’ll run in to each other.

  2. Look at you cuties! Glad your trip left you feeling refreshed and inspired. We all need that from time to time. πŸ™‚

  3. dude, i’m so jealous of your girl time, your warm weather, your amazing food, and the pretty flowers and pedis! glad it was a good time!

  4. uau! what lovely photos:)
    thanks for sharing!

    Zelia all the way from Portugal:)

  5. Girls weekend – how nice! Glad the two of you had some time to catch up. And what gorgeous scenery!!

  6. Yay for vacations! Glad to hear you had such a great time!

  7. Sigh.. sounds like a wonderful time. Can I just say that I only WISH that California Mexican food was similar in style to that of Arizona cuisine.. Ugh.. tired of Calmex over here. And I LOVE tulips! Probably my favorite flower..they seem so whimsical and animated..like they’re just too pretty to be real! I’m glad you had a fun time!! Good to get away and get re-charged..

  8. It seems you had a great time indeed! It’s nice to spend some quality time with a girlfriend, doing maybe silly things, but so much funny! And the pics are really amazing, thanks for sharing!

  9. that all sounds & looks amazing. i love georgia oβ€šΓ„Γ΄keefe’s work. i studied her work in art history class when i was 9 (yeah i’m a dork), she’s been a favorite ever since. i’m with you on being a cowgirl at hear too, even if i am an east coast girl.

  10. very beautiful pics. looks like you had lots of fun yay!! I liked when you said: “the big dog by my side and warm cup of tea in my hands” πŸ™‚

  11. Le sigh. That looks PERFECT Kel! I look at Georgia every day…I have some of her art in my desk area at home. Luff.

    P.S. LOVE those Birks and flip flops.

  12. There is nothing better for the spirit than time away with a good friend. Sounds fantastic.

  13. I am so glad you and Finny had such a glorious time and were treated like the royalty you are. Georgia O’Keefe is my favorite artist so I’m thrilled to hear that you were able to visit her museum. I’ve not had a chance to visit there yet but I did get to see an exhibit of her original work at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. I have a gigantic (and I mean gigantic) framed poster of her Jack in the Pulpit painting. I love it.

  14. aww that is so cute. I love NM wish I could go more often. Lovely photos. I found Finny’s blog site, its hysterical.

  15. Aren’t weekend getaways the greatest?? I’ve yet to take one as a mom but in due time, I’m sure it’ll happen. The Georgia O’Keefe museum is on the to-do list of must-see-before-I-die-museums. It’s right up there with the Crayola museum/factory!

  16. You’ve got an amazing zest for life! And you’re a great writer!!

  17. how wonderful to be with your friend. great pics. love the tulip colored pedis.

  18. gary moore April 24, 2007

    Nice toenails! But no art on them. there you were at the museum and nothing but plain red toenails. Surely two imaginative and inventive gigglers such as yourselves could be a little more artsy.

  19. Your trip sounds (and looks) like it was a lot of fun. I love going on trips with just the girls. I have two planned in June and I am super excited about both!

  20. Jennifer April 24, 2007

    I am so envious of your trip! What fun. Your post nudges me to go somewhere new, see beautiful things, and pamper myself with an old friend. Lovely!

  21. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. I just might have to take a trip out west to see those pictures in real life!

  22. Love girlfriend weekends and pedicures, makes me miss my peeps in Seattle!

  23. What a great trip – the pics are beautiful! (and you lucky dogs with all those extra perks!)

  24. Ooo that looks so awesome! I want to go everywhere you did! Time for me to get a pedicure, too.

  25. time with the girlfriends… always inspiring.

  26. Yeah…the mortgage would kill you!

    Great photos.

  27. You are so in trouble for not calling me!!!! Just kidding:) Maybe next time you can come for more than a weekend and I can take you around Albuquerque. Santa Fe is completely magical – I’ve been here 20 years and I still get goosebumps almost everytime I’m there:) Now you know why the REAL state motto is “Land of Entrappment” – once you are here you never want to leave:)

  28. Y’all hit the getaway jackpot! Sounds like it was an excellent weekend.

    Who knew Santa Fe was so gorgeous? (Well, not me at least.) Once you land that book deal, I’m sure you’ll be able to find the perfect adobe bungalow. πŸ™‚

  29. What a wonderful weekend! I had no idea you were going to New Mexico. We were talking about potentially going on a mission trip to the Santa Fe area this summer & the first thing we said was GREEN CHILES!!! Yum-ola. I grew up 7 miles from the Texas/NM border, so I am a big fan of New Mexican food. And the Georgia O’Keefe museum sounds fabulous. I have seen exhibits of her work, but the museum looks like a unique experience. So glad you had such a fun trip…and that you got to share the quality time w/your good friend (so important!)

  30. All I can say is Wow! I have always wanted to go to New Mexico; I’ve always felt drawn to the beauty and spirituality of it. And now after seeing your pictures it is stronger than ever.

  31. This is weird, but I absolutely love the photo of the door.

  32. I would love to go to the Georgia o’ Keefe museum, I’m very jealous! And what glamorous feet you and your friend have!!! Welcome back, I’m glad you had such a good time!

  33. what a wonderful getaway! i loved seeing all your photos, especially the gorgeous tulip and the pretty feet in the snow! πŸ™‚

  34. My offspring would love that door photo, he collects them from around the world. In another life I did the braid thing, long flowing dress and my hands in clay. Not in an exotic place like Mexico but in the wild bush of northern Ontario in a little cabin and studio. It was heaven and some day I will be doing it again…ciao

  35. So fun! I love visiting New Mexico. My aunt lives there. We’re hoping to get out there soon for a visit.

  36. Lovely photos! You had such a wonderful time πŸ™‚

  37. Sounds awesome, Kelli. Looks like it was an amazing getaway. Lovely photos. I think they get better every day!

  38. what an awesome trip! the luck was truly with you! i love the pedicure in the snow pic! and what a sweet pic of you and your girl at the end! weekends with good friends are the best.

  39. I love it when things like that happen! And it could not have happened to a more deserving soul than you. What a great weekend, and I am glad that you had such a great time. It’s always fun to get together with girlfriends and recharge. πŸ™‚

  40. Wow you weekend sounded fabulous! And I am sooooo stealing that door for our straw bale house when we build it! I am liking the looks of NM more & more!

  41. Wow. That chapel looks amazing! If I am ever out there I will have to go and see it! Relaxing and catching up with a friend is always a great idea. Good to hear that you were able to do that.

  42. I am delighted and amazed by your photographs. They’re truly awesome.

    If I can ask — which of the two people in the picture are you?

  43. oh envy! such envy. i’ve yearned to visit that O’Keeffe musuem for years. someday ill go there. did they allow you to take photos inside? will check out your flickr to see what’s there.

  44. this sounds like the perfect trip… time with an old girlfriend (i am going to have a little of that this weekend in georgia and i am so excited!), a beautiful locale, great food… relaxing and rejuvenating! loved taking this trip virtually through your beautiful photos. (and you + finny are so cute!)

  45. what a gorgeous post- i feel as though i came along with you for a bit. NM is now on my must-visit list.

  46. did you say detailed cowboy boots?
    your weekend sounds fabulous and i can tell from your beaming smile in the last picture that you were have a blast!

  47. What a fun trip and great photos!

  48. Santa Fe has long been on my list of places to visit. I spent a weekend in Alberqueque many, many years ago and loved it. I’m so jealous!

  49. Yay! My home state. I’ll be back in Albuquerque in late May for a visit to my dad.

    But, I must say, Girl – New Mexican food is TOTALLLY NOT COMPARABLE to Arizona food!!!! Ai, ai. I am such a food snob. Only when it comes to NM food, I suppose. πŸ™‚

    Your pictures are great.