Life is like a puzzle…..fitting pieces together to make the big picture beautiful.
I like to believe that things happen for a reason. We had planned to get the truck repaired and on the road by midday on Jan 6th but by the time we left Scottsdale we realized that we were not going to make our original destination in New Mexico. I suggested to Ross that we stop in Sedona since we had to cut that portion of our trip short on the way out. Harvest Host had a location at the Oak Creek Country Club golf course and it was available. What a blessing that turned out to be. We pulled in just before sunset and were surrounded by magnificent views. The red rock formations of Sedona are breath taking and with the lighting of the sunsets and sunrises they are magnified.
We woke up the next morning and were told that we were able to walk the golf course path with Buddy before the first tee time. What a great way to start the day.
The rest of the morning Ross spent hitting golf balls and I sat and did two quick paintings of the rock formations. I wasn’t entirely happy with the outcome of the paintings, but I think I can use them as preliminary sketches to bring back to my studio. I think these rocks might be better painted in acrylics than watercolor. When I get back to Boulder I will make another attempt. The late afternoon was spent playing 9 holes of golf on the beautiful golf course. What a fantastic day, for a day that was not originally planned. We both have really grown to love the flexibility of traveling on the road with a RV….. you can be spontaneous and go with the flow.
The following morning, we got up at sunrise and again walked the golf course with Buddy. If we didn’t have to get back to Boulder in a few days, we would have stayed longer to paint more and enjoy Sedona. It will definitely be on our list of places to return to. The rest of the day was on the road making the trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We have found that a great way to past time on the road is to listen to Ted Talks and then discuss them. I have also taken up knitting…so beware you may all be getting scarves from me if we continue on these long road trips. My first attempt has a few holes but it has kept me occupied in the car and Ross says the he will wear it with pride. It is another fun creative outlet for me.
Our day in Santa Fe was primarily spent at Meow Wolf. I had read about Meow Wolf and had heard that it is something not to miss. For those of you who don’t know what Meow Wolf is, I’m not sure I can even explain it. The best description that Ross and I came up with is: An experiential art exhibit, by a collaboration of avant-garde artists, who are trying to tell a story mixed with a playful hint of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. One enters what looks like a standard Victorian era house, and then as you wander through each room, there are secret doors that lead you to other magical fantasy like rooms. There is an underlying story that people are supposed to discover but would take days to figure out. The rooms have clues to read to help decipher what happened. Even without getting through the story we were mesmerized. We had some favorite rooms and the best adjective that I can come up with to describe it is Fantastical! Photos do not do Meow Wolf justice so we highly recommend if you are in the area to stop by. Fortunately for us they are building a Meow Wolf in Denver and is scheduled to open in 2021.
Our intention was to head to Taos to go ski for a few days but the weather started to turn and so we made a game day decision to pack up and drive back to Boulder. So we are now back in Boulder tucked inside our warm home.
We both feel like it was a great adventurous trip and a fantastic way to start the new year. We are energized and excited to see what 2020 has to offer. The time away gave us lots of time to reflect on 2019 and to plan and set goals for the new year as well as discuss a few other road trips. We hope to have some exciting posts in the coming year.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year in which you live your dreams!!! May you have more success than Buddy in putting the puzzle pieces of life together.