Sunday, October 21, 2007


Monte and I took a vacation this past week, off in search of that illusive commodity, peace and quiet.  We thought five days sounded like a month, until we actually got there and five days ended up feeling more like five hours. 

We headed out last Monday with a truck full of projects.  Along the way, we saw some sheep Tptasheep
that hadn't been brought down from the mountains yet (if you look carefully, you can see their guard dogs who were watching me as I shot photos).  As if this wasn't awesome enough, about an hour later we came upon a cattle roundup.  Chromoroundup
The two lane road was backed up with enormous trucks waiting for their cargo.  I stopped long enough to get this photo, and wish I could have also captured the sound of the cowboys coaxing the cattle into the chutes.  I grew up as a tomboy in the city, just positive I was delivered to the wrong family and should have been living on a ranch.  This many years later, I still feel the same way.

The rest of the week was spent in the historic downtown of Durango, Colorado.  We got to visit our friend Kara, who owns Yarn, a fabulous shop you must visit if you're in the area.  I love shopping in someone else's yarn shop, to buy things we don't carry or I've never seen before.  Icing on the cake from Kara's shop:  a bumper sticker that reads "make gloves, not war".  So cool.

Here's a photo of the Rochester Hotel,Rochesterinfall
taken from our living room window.  It is the "sister" hotel to the Leland House B&B, where we like to stay.  I highly recommend both if you're looking for lodging in the Durango area.  It's so wonderful to stay somewhere where you can walk to shops and restaurants without touching the car all week...very different from Taos.

Today is our first snow here at the house. 1stsnowonaspens
I took these photos earlier this afternoon, before the ground was completely covered, as it is now.  It has been blowing hard and feels like I'm in one of those snow globes...this is bliss...and I am now headed off to knit for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  I hope this finds you all well and enjoying fall, wherever you are!  ---Martie


Bonnie Bruce said...

Martie, it sounds like you wonderful week away. And now snow! Enjoy. Encinitas smells like a campfire gone amok :^(

Martie said...

Bonnie: good to hear from you. Sorry to hear about the smoke. Get in your car and come back to Taos! :0)

Bonnie said...

It's so very tempting.

Mandie said...

Sounds like you and Monte had a gorgeous time away!

HollyEQQ said...

It sounds wonderful! I am glad you got to go on vacation after all your hard work.
I wish I could have seen snow in Taos and Seco.
It looks beautiful.