Visit to the waterfall at Santiago, Baja, Mexico

Santiago baja waterall

On our road trip over to the East Cape in Baja, we also went to visit the waterfall at Santiago.

Bajainsider says, “Santiago is a small pueblo located 46 km north of the, Los Cabos Airport (SJD), San Jose Del Cabo, Baja Sur. At about 42km you make a left turn off Highway 1 to Santiago…”

Follow the signs (or ask someone like we did) to a rancho officially called the Rancho Ecológico Sol de Mayo. There will be a gate you will pass through and arrive at a parking area where you will find someone to direct you. You can pay a small fee to go the waterfall. We stayed in one of their cabinas so it came with the room.

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The walk there wasn’t too bad. A little steep in some spots but there were stairs built into the rock. Bring your own water, snacks and towel. There is a rustico bathroom right at the start of the trail.

Walk to Santiago Waterfall

Santiago Waterfall in Baja

It’s beautiful as you can see. There are lots of watering holes to take a dip in.

Waterfall pools at Santiago Waterfall

Water at Santiago Waterfall

One can climb above the falls and find even more pools to swim in.

Swimming hole at Santiago Waterfall

 

Santiago Waterfall Pool

And the rocks have some pretty cool and beautiful patterns on them.

Santiago Waterfall rocks

SAntiago Waterfall rocks and plants

Santiago Waterfall Rock Formation

This one (below) looked like an eyeball.Waterfall at Santiago Rocks

I liked this heart rock formation.

heat rock at Santiago Waterfall

We stayed in one of their cabins that was about $30 or so a night.

Cabin at Santiago Waterfall

It was very comfortable!

inside cabin at Santiago Waterfall

Table outside Santiago Waterfall cabin

Inside the cabin was a bed and bathroom and across from that outside was a kitchen building with an upstairs area we could sit and watch the stars. Each cabin had their own kitchen. We did have their breakfast (you have to pay for) in the morning at the main building where you enter the area.Santiago Waterfall cabinas

Upstairs on top of kitchen at Santiago Waterfall

upstairs at Santiago Waterfall cabin

This sun and moon kiss sculpture is inspiring one of my paintings. Stay tuned for more about that.

art in Santiago Waterfall cabin

We cooked dinner by candlelight as there was no electricity. They supplied us with a bunch of candles so it was fun.Cooking by candlelight at Santiago cabin

It was a beautiful sunset.

Sunset at Santiago Waterfall

I highly recommend this adventure!

Snorkel Beach at Punta Pescadero on East Cape, Baja, Mexico

snorkel beach east cape baja

We headed over to the East Cape of Baja, Mexico to explore the area around Los Barriles. We wanted to look for great camp spots on the beach. We love camping and swimming in the beautiful water on the east side of Baja. This trip we were lucky to discover Snorkel Beach.

We stopped in Los Barriles to get groceries and supplies and asked a couple people about where to camp. We were told about a place called Snorkel Beach that was north of Los Barriles near the Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise. It sounded great so we headed out to find it.

We followed the road (Los Barilles-Santa Teresa) north out of Los Barilles along the coast and took a turn off toward the beach at El Pescadero. We traveled along a dirt road (recommend 4 wheel drive) until we came to a beach that we decided must be Snorkel Beach as it was just south of the hotel called Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise.

We learned about this great Baja California Almanac Map below from a couple we met at Snorkel beach. They let us take a pic of it so we wouldn’t forget the name of it.

We highly recommend getting it. It is a very detailed almanac that shows roads that are off the beaten track that don’t show up on your regular map. It’s on our “to buy” list.

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This is Snorkel Beach.

There weren’t many people there. We camped for two nights. There were a few people who arrived during the day but only one other car was camping like we were. Everyone who arrived during the day left by the evening.

Camping baja

You can see Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise up on the cliff north of where we camped.

Camping baja

Here’s our camp spot. We got the tarp out to create a little shade.

Camping punta pescadero

Greg rigged it up so we could get out of the sun.

camping punta pescadero

He also fixed us some killer margaritas.

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After swimming and snorkeling (the best area was around the rocks just below the hotel), naps were in order.

camping baja doggie

On the second night, after a bit of relaxation, we left the dogs to watch over the camp and we headed up the road toward the Hotel.

camping baja

It was a beautiful evening.

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It was a nice walk!

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

Once at Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise, we found our way out to the patio and ordered an excellent pizza and margaritas for dinner. Yum! Looked like it would be a great hotel to spend the night at too. But we liked our camp spot so although we considered it, we didn’t stay at the hotel.

hotel punta pescadero paradise

Glad I remembered the bug spray but we really didn’t need it. There was a light breeze that kept the mosquitoes away.

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

The twinkly lights were muy romantico.

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

And the sunset was just gorgeous! It got better as the evening light faded. After dinner we walked back to our camp via the beach. It was a great end to a wonderful camping trip at Snorkel beach.

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

We left the next day and explored more of the area south of Los Barriles around La Ribera and then headed up to Santiago to find the waterfall. More on that in my next post.

One other tip….you don’t have to go back on the same road that you came in on. Go north on the dirt road past the Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise to

Happy travels.

Photos from our trip up to Washington

Photos from our trip up to Washington

Here’s our plan – we want to move our home to Mexico for the winter and Washington in the summer. We want to be closer to family and friends near Seattle and Camano Island. So we traveled up to Washington to check out the communities between Camano Island and Bellingham to see where we might want to purchase property.

We were gone for about 3 weeks. We did some camping and visited family and friends along the way.

Here are some of my fav photos from our trip.

I can’t believe we didn’t get any pics of the fam or our friends that we stayed with in Bellingham! But we did take a nice walk through beautiful strawberry fields along the river there.

strawberry fields in bellingham

I’m a little out of order with the photos because we actually went to Camano Island before we went to Bellingham.

Here’s our good doggies staying out of the cabin with their sandy paws.

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We love taking walks up the road with Belle and Cody.

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This is the farm where my grandmother grew up on Camano Island, Washington.

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It’s one of my favorite places.

We picked blackberries from the bushes you see below those trees.

And Greg made delicious cobbler out of them!

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And the sunsets are spectacular on Sundin Beach.

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I can never take enough sunset pics. 🙂

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We drove through Oregon too and the lush green forests soothed my soul.

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We took a little walk.

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And admired the green leaves.

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Then we headed back to the car to make some lunch.

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I wish I had more photos from our trip but we forgot

to take more. Oh, well, next time.

A favorite spot is Sayulita Mexico

Sayulita Main Square

In recalling our recent trip through Mexico and Ecuador, I’m finding that my thoughts keep going back to Sayulita. It is one of my favorite spots from our travels.

There is a lot to love about Sayulita Mexico.

It has a cool main square.

Sayulita Art

Lots of beautiful art.

Greg enjoying Sayulita view

Great views for enjoying a margarita

Greg and Lindy in Sayulita

and a marvelous meal.

Live music at Bar Don Pato

Heard some rockin’ good music at Bar Don Pato.

Happening bar in Sayulita

Found some happenin’ cool bars

Leslie Art Opening

Met some nice people and had a lot of laughs. This is Leslie’s Art Opening.

Greg and Mojo in Sayulita Fine Art Gallery

Met some other nice artists. Greg with artist Mojo.

Mojo art

Mojo’s painting

Checking out the views of Sayulita

We took a great hike to check out the views

Walking on trails in Sayulita

and took some great walks too.

Sayulita Jungle

Lots of jungle

Sayulita view from hill

Terrific beaches

Semana Santa in Sayulita

We had fun even when there were crowds of people for Semana Santa.

Sayulita Sunset

Breathtaking sunsets

Sayulita Sugar Skulls

Cool Shops

Sugar Skull shop in Sayulita

Sugar skull art

Adorable Chihuaha

Adorable pups

bamboo cabana seen in Sayulita

Interesting places to stay.

Happiness Factory - ice cream in Sayulita

Gotta love a place with a Happiness Factory.

Tree within a tree in Sayulita

Cool trees

Sayulita Beach looking north

Deserted beaches

Sayulita beach

Beautiful weather

orange flowers in Sayulita

Gorgeous flowers

Iguana in Sayulita

Iguanas

Dia de Muertos painting by Lindy Gaskill

Here’s to celebrating Sayulita, Mexico!
“Dia de Muertos,” acrylic on wood panel, 20″ x 20″, NFS, ©Lindy Gaskill

Traveling in Ecuador

Traveling in Ecuador

We landed in Ecuador about 13 days ago. We took a bus ride from Guayaquil to Montanita and stayed in a small town nearby call Manglaralto. We stayed in a cool cabin on the property of Mercedes and George. They run an eco-lodge called La Factoría which is a center for the development of contemporary craft and design, and also offers eco-training programs. We enjoyed breakfast each morning with them which included locally sourced eggs, cheese, bread, honey, yogurt, and homemade granola. Yumm!

la factoria in Manglaralto. ecuador

manglaralto cabin

One day we walked up to a nearby town called Dos Mangas. Here are some of my fav pics.

Dos Mangas

greg walking back from dos mangas

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Dos Mangas
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Bamboo is used everywhereBamboo is used everywhere.

Volleyball in Dos MangasVolleyball is a popular sport in Ecuador.

Collecting sand in Dos Mangas

Gordon WhitefootWe called this guy Gordon Whitefoot (get it – Gordon Lightfoot) 🙂

And here is a great video to watch about work being done at La Factoria>

Number 8 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

This is post 8 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”  The Steps and journal prompts are taken from Beth’s PDF.

STEP 8: TRAVEL LIGHT

Journal prompt: What could be possible if you just tuned out the negativity and followed your heart?

This is an appropriate journal prompt because although Beth is talking about emotions and getting rid of negativity, the shoulds and should nots and following one’s heart, I am thinking of it in a literal sense.

We are in Mexico right now for another week and boy did we ever travel light! We packed one suitcase with both Greg and I’s stuff in it and paired it down to the bare minimum.

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Baja Art Studio

How many times have you traveled somewhere to find upon coming home that you didn’t wear or use many of the things you had brought along? This time we didn’t want that to happen.

We came by airplane so we wanted to travel the lightest we possibly could. It meant taking a minimum of art supplies as well.

So I packed two paint colors, white and phalo blue and brought along a gessoed wood panel and some brushes and that is it for supplies! I decided to try painting a mono colored painting in blue shades. I’ll show you some photos soon.

How do you feel about traveling light?

We Love Baja Sunsets

Taken near San Carlos, Mexico

Our last trip to Baja was in July. We had an awesome time. Here is another post about our trip.

When we’re in Baja, just about  every evening we either go to the beach or go up to the upstairs patio to enjoy the sunset. We always are in awe of the beauty!

If we’re lucky, we can see the spot of green glow that the sun makes right before it goes down over the horizon. We pause and wonder if it will happen this time.

baja sunset

 

The horizon often has a mist over the ocean so you don’t see a crisp clean line with the sun setting over it.  But the photo above was one of the rare sunsets without the mist.

For about 3 nights in a row there was a very crisp horizon. But only one of those sunsets gave us the green glow. So it is rare!

 

The dogs love going to the beach with us! We pack up our backpack with the beach blanket and appetizer goodies – avocado for guacamole which I make right in the shell, salsa and chips and sometimes either margaritas or coconut rum pineapple banana pinacoladas which are awesome.

 

I throw the avocado pit for Belle and a game of chase begins between Cody and Belle. Running and circling close to the waves, they love this game. It’s always Cody chasing Belle with the avocado pit in her mouth. Luckily she never chokes on it!

Soon the sun has set and we return to our casita for a dinner of fish tacos or shrimp spaghetti. We eat a simple diet in Baja but a delicious one!

 

We took the Topolobampo Ferry to La Paz

This is the last post about our road trip down to Todos Santos in Baja Mexico from Prescott, AZ.

We headed out of San Carlos to the Topolobampo ferry and got there 3 hours ahead of time, as the bajaferries.com website suggested. If we knew the ferry was going to leave at 8 pm instead of 5 pm, we might not have rushed to get there!

We got our ferry ticket and walked the dogs and gave them water before we got on the ferry. We waited till most of the cars had loaded so we could be on a top deck so our dogs would have fresh air with the windows rolled down. It was pretty hot out.

We gave Cody and Belle a sedative so they could sleep most of the trip. Turned out that was a very good thing and I’m really glad we did because their stay in the car turned out to be longer than we thought. They were comfortable sleeping and had bowls of water next to them.

If we knew the ferry ride experience was going to take 15 hours instead of 6, we might not have gone that way is what Greg said. I didn’t have too many expectations, so I would do it again.

After we got onboard we explored the ferry which was really nice. It was made in Italy. Went outside on the decks and looked at the view. Talked to a few people. Met a nice musician. Then we headed to a bar area and had an ice cold beer with lime. Refreshing!

We wandered around. I read a magazine. Greg explored. Finally 3 hours later, the ferry took off!

Our ticket came with a free meal so we ate dinner and then went to the cinema area to watch a movie. Most people there were sleeping in big recliner chairs. Soon I was sleeping too which made the 6 hour ride go fairly fast.

I only wished I had a blanket or my jacket to make a pillow which would have made thngs more comfortable. Greg would have liked to have had earplugs as between the movie noise, the guy snoring next to him and the man behind us on his cell phone, he didn’t get much sleep. I on the other hand was oblivious and got good shut eye.

Finally at 2 a.m. we pulled into La Paz. We had drank a coffee to stay awake before the ship started on loading.

One of the things they do is separate the drivers from the passengers when they unload the boat. So that was a little disconcerting because we didn’t know where or when we would meet up. Having only one cell phone between us didn’t help matters otherwise we could have stayed in touch. So I kissed Greg goodnye and trusted we would meet up soon.

I went to the passenger area and waited. People started moving so I got in line and followed. We went through an inspection area like at the airport with a metal detector and a machine that scanned luggage. Soon I was outside wondering where to meet Greg.

I could see that the cars that were unloading were all going past this one area so I stood there hoping to catch Greg and let him know where I was.  I could see that they weren’t letting passengers get into the unloaded cars as they moved past. One had to go to a different area that was beyond where I was to do that.

Soon there he was! Yeah! I waved and he saw me. I yelled, I’ll meet you out front and pointed to him where I would be. He nodded. I thought he would just drive around to that area and I would meet him there and that would be that. It was 2:30 a.m.

At 6am, he finally pulls up to where I was.

For 3.5 hours, he had to stay in line as they slowly inched along and did inspections. I on the other hand was waiting out front wondering where he was. I finally asked a worker if this was normal. Yes, he said. I heard someone say it could take over 3 hours!

All the cars and trucks and buse on the ferry would go by where I was, so I knew Greg would eventually find me. So I sat down and waited, wishing I had a jacket as I was freezing in my shorts and t-shirt.

In the end it all worked out but Greg was not happy when he finally pulled up. He told me his story about what happened. The long wait. The inspections. The not knowing where I was. The dogs were fine which was a great relief. I told him my story. The waiting, the not knowing where he was and if he would find me. But we were fine and glad to be together again!

We decided to head to Todos Santos and stop somewhere for breakfast.

Originally we thought we would get in at 2 am and go camp at the beach till morning. But that didn’t happen. We found a great little restaurant and had a bite.

We finally made it to Todos Santos and to the casita. After unpacking a few things and getting the dogs settled, we layed down for a nap which felt oh, so good after the long, challenging ferry adventure! Sometimes a good nap makes everything okay. 🙂

Do you have any memories of a challenging time during travelling? Sometimes these make the best stories.

 

 

More Baja Trip Notes

Here’s a little video of me in the studio and then the continuing story of our trip to Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico.

 

After we got our auto import permit for our truck outside of Nogales we were on our way to San Carlos where we were going to spend the night.

It’s a pretty uneventful drive. Straight roads almost the whole way so that it feels like you’re just driving and driving and driving and the landscape is pretty much the same for miles on end. Desert and small little towns. There are some nice mountains though to look at.

San Carlos is a really cute town. A seaside resort is what they call it online. I sure wish I had the photos off our camera to share because then you could see how nice it is. You can tell it is a tourist town during the high season but for us there were not a lot of people around so it looked very quaint.

In San Carlos we stopped at the grocery store and picked up some food and supplies. We talked to a nice man who told us about a good place to camp. I’m always a little wary about beach camping. I fight my fears and so far we’ve always had a great time camping.

We headed to the beach and found a nice protected area with trees and dunes. Looked like a good camp spot so we parked.

Our two border collies, Belle and Cody, played in the surf while we unpacked. Then I walked the beach and collected a handful of pretty shells and rocks. Greg made margaritas.

After dinner we watched the sunset and then pitched the tent. We looked at the stars and then called it a night.

The next morning we had our usual cereal and yogurt. Greg made coffee.I packed up the tent and rolled up the air mattress and we were on the road again – headed to the Topolobampo ferry to La Paz  which is near Los Mochis.

More on that part of our trip Friday.

Joys of Moving

We’ve spent the last few weeks packing up our house and getting ready to move to some temporary housing before we head to Prescott, Arizona.

We had a little going away party at our house to say “bye” to a few friends and celebrate being together one last time out on the back porch which is a great place for having a party!

GoingAwayParty

It was a gorgeous day and a great get together!

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And then it was time to get really serious about moving! I spent a whole day packing up all my art and studio!

ArtPacking

Greg made a special holder on the side of the trailer to hold the tipi poles. He’ll be pulling a pretty long trailer when we move.

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I’m grateful Greg organized us! He had the boxes we had been packing for weeks all ready to go when we started bringing over the Uhaul pods from UBox.

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I was concerned because we were getting down to the 5th pod and we hadn’t gotten our two wicker chairs in yet! I love those chairs!

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But I swear, Greg is a master at fitting things into just the right spaces and he got them in!

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We were even able to pack the sun!

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Phew! That was a huge job! So that’s what I’ve been doing and why I haven’t been posting much to my blog lately.

But we made it to our temporary spot on the Deschutes River Rim. We’re setting up our stuff here for the next chapter before we move to Prescott on Oct. 31st. I’ll share with you more about where we’re living and my temporary art studio in the next post. We’re sure diggin’ the view!!

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We visited Bahia San Basilia, Baja California, Mexico

We made it to Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico. Our trip odometer just turned over to 3,000 when we pulled into town. Wow, a 3,000 mile road trip. We thought that was pretty cool.

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I’ve made previous blog posts about traveling down Baja before so this time I will just blog about a few highlights from our road trip.

We wanted to explore a new beach on this trip so we chose Bahia San Basilia which is located on the middle, eastern side of baja, north of Loreto which is a town we like to stop at. Greg did some research online but could find very little about this bay. It looked like most people go there by sail boat.

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We wanted to drive so Greg looked on Google earth and found there was a small dirt road out to this beautiful beach on a small bay. He could tell from the Google street view that the road started at mile post 50 on Highway 1. Turned out it was mile post 49 when we got there but sure enough, there it was. So we headed out on what appeared to be a very good graded dirt road. It looked like it would be about 10 to 12 miles.

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We found there were white ribbons tied to shrubs that seemed to be showing us the way. We kept on and veered right each time there might be a choice of a way to go. There were very few other roads leading into the main road  so we didn’t feel like we could get lost. That gave me much relief.

Road to San Basilio

A few miles down the road we passed a small ranch and there were some great looking cattle on the road. Made we want to paint a picture of this one.

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We passed this beautiful tree with white bark. It had the most amazing root system.

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If you know me, you know I love trees so I was fascinated with this one.

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There were only two spots that we wished we had a 4 wheel drive. One was a stretch of soft sand but we made it through just fine. The other was a steep rocky grade but that turned out fine too.

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Finally we came to a private property sign. On first glance it looked like we shouldn’t continue which would be disappointing because we had already traveled 10 miles! But on reading further it was a sign that said to respect the land — do not speed, do not litter, no hunting, no fires, etc. So we ventured on!

RespecttheLandSignFinally we came to a parking area.

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And the bay was gorgeous.
Bahia San Basilio
We set up camp on the beach.
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We were the only ones camped there.
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It was beautiful for swimming and kayaking in the afternoon. There were a few boats out in the bay. One couple used their skiff from their sailboat to get to the beach and came over and visited with us which was nice. It turned out they were from Albany, Oregon.
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We met quite a few people from Oregon on our road trip. I believe Oregonians are quite adventurous.
The morning was calm and peaceful. We really enjoyed ourselves and soaked up our surroundings.
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Soon we were packing up and continuing on our road trip to Todos Santos.
If you’re up for an adventure, I highly recommend traveling the dirt road to Bahia San Basilia.
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We are Baja Bound

detail from Little Blue Beach Shack painting by Lindy Gruger Hanson

Detail from Little Blue Beach Shack painting

We’re taking a roadtrip and driving to Todos Santos again. It will be the third time we’ve made this drive!

We are so looking forward to getting into some sunshine!

I’ll be creating paintings and making some art videos while we are there. We’ll stay for a couple months so there should be plenty of time for both. I hope.

I was just backing up my computer and sorting through some files as we get packed to leave and I came across these 150 things one might have done in their life.

How many have you done? Items in bold are things I can cross off the list.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink

02. Swam with wild dolphins

03. Climbed a mountain

04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive

05. Been inside the Great Pyramid

06. Held a tarantula

07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone

08. Said “I love you” and meant it

09. Hugged a tree

10. Bungee jumped

11. Visited Paris

12. Watched a lightning storm at sea

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights

15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa

17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

18. Touched an iceberg

19. Slept under the stars

20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon

22. Watched a meteor shower

23. Gotten drunk on champagne

24. Given more than you can afford to charity

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight

28. Bet on a winning horse

29. Asked out a stranger

30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb

33. Seen a total eclipse

34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run

36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

39. Had two hard drives for your computer

40. Visited all 50 states

41. Taken care of someone who was drunk

42. Had amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

44. Watched whales

45. Stolen a sign

46. Backpacked in Europe

47. Taken a road-trip

48. Gone rock climbing

49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving

51. Visited Ireland

52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love

53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them

54. Visited Japan

55. Milked a cow

56. Alphabetized your CDs

57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day

60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving

62. Kissed in the rain

63. Played in the mud

64. Played in the rain

65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China

67. Started a business

68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

69. Toured ancient sites

70. Taken a martial arts class

71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight

72. Gotten married

73. Been in a movie

74. Crashed a party

75. Gotten divorced

76. Gone without food for 5 days

77. Made cookies from scratch

78. Won first prize in a costume contest

79. Ridden a gondola in Venice

80. Gotten a tattoo

81. Rafted the Snake River

82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”

83. Gotten flowers for no reason

84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas

86. Recorded music

87. Eaten shark

88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand

90. Bought a house

91. Been in a combat zone

92. Buried one/both of your parents

93. Been on a cruise ship

94. Spoken more than one language fluently

95. Performed in Rocky Horror

96. Raised children

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour

98. Passed out cold

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country

100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge

102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking

103. Had plastic surgery

104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived

105. Wrote articles for a large publication

106. Lost over 100 pounds

107. Held someone while they were having a flashback

108. Piloted an airplane

109. Touched a stingray

110. Broken someone’s heart

111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a T.V. game show

113. Broken a bone

114. Gone on an African photo safari

115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears

116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild

118. Ridden a horse

119. Had major surgery

120. Had a snake as a pet

121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours

123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states

124. Visited all 7 continents

125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

126. Eaten kangaroo meat

127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about

130. Gone back to school

131. Parasailed

132. Touched a cockroach

133. Eaten fried green tomatoes

134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey

135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

137. Skipped all your school reunions

138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

139. Been elected to public office

140. Written your own computer language.

141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream

142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

143. Built your own PC from parts.

144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you

145. Had a booth at a street fair

146. Dyed your hair

147. Been a DJ

148. Shaved your head

149. Caused a car accident

150. Saved someone’s life

I bet I could add to this list but I think it’s a pretty good one. Anything you would recommend be added?

I see there is still lots more to do!

Have fun and I’ll talk to you later!

I've been taking a little vacation

Hi, I’ve been taking a little vacation in Seattle to celebrate my birthday. It’s been a week of celebration. It’s been really terrific. We spent some time at the beach on Camano Island. It’s been raining but it’s still been great!

We’ve been sitting by the wood stove, reading, listening to the rain.
We took long beach walks.

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We collected cool, patterned wood.

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And colorful rocks.

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And admired what the neighbors did with their collected beach rocks.

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So pretty in the rain.
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We admired the colors of green and red and how the rain makes colors so intense!
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It’s been very relaxing and peaceful.
And then my sister and I are spending some time together and sorting through some of my Mom’s things. Mom passed away last March. We sure miss her. Since my sister and I don’t get together very often, we decided it would be a good way to celebrate our upcoming birthdays — to spend some time together reminiscing and  sorting.  So that is what we are doing for the next couple days.
Today I found a prayer in some of my Mom’s things that she had hand written on a small piece of yellow note paper. I liked it and thought I would share it with you. I thought it powerfully well written. I don’t know who the author is.
Alzheimer’s Prayer

Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion,

Forgiveness for my irrationality

And strength to walk with me

into the mist of memory my world has become.

Please help them to take my  hand and stay awhile

even though I seem unaware of their presence.

Help them to know how their strength and loving care

will drift slowly into the days to come

just when I need it most.

Let them know when I don’t recognize them

That I will… I will

keep their hearts free from sorrow for me.

For my sorrow, when it comes,

only lasts a moment, then it’s gone.

And finally, please let them know

how much their visits mean to me —

even through this relentless mystery

I can still feel their love.

Amen.


2010 Life and Art in Review

Last year I did a post about my 2009 Life and Art in Review so I thought I’d do one for 2010. This is where I pair some of my art with some photos from 2010. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 at the end to wish you a Happy New Year!

In January of 2010, I began painting what I call “Mindscapes” from my Metaphysical Landscape series. I also had an art show at the Lodge at Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon. I did an artists talk to their Art Guild about my Artist’s Journey and that inspired me to start writing a 5 part series on my blog about my Artist’s Journey. It was fun to go back through my old journals and sketch books to gather images and read about what I was going through. It brought back a lot of memories and I felt very grateful for all that I’ve accomplished.  The Black Butte Ranch aspen trees inspired my whimsical Peace Tree paintings as well!

January

February found Greg and I building raised beds to make a veggie garden. We started building the beds using lava rock from around our property. My paintings reflected peace and love in my garden series. I was dreaming of warmer weather!

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March 1, 2010 brought my first online art Giveaway which was a great success and very fun. I also did a blog post about 100 things about me which is an interesting exercise in self awaremess. But this was all over shadowed by the news that my Mother suffered a massive stroke while visiting San Francisco with a friend and died on Marth 24th. This was very unexpected and greatly saddened me! I spent a number of weeks in Seattle with my family and we had a memorial service where I was able to meet many of my Mom’s closest friends and reconnect with family.

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Audrey Gruger May 17, 1930-March 24, 2010

In April, I got back into the studio to paint. At the end of that month, Greg and I packed and left on our road trip to Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico. I knew it would be a good getaway and Baja would be a healing spot for me. I sure missed my Mom! I started painting my aspen tree series and  took lots of photos of my paintings which I ended up making into a video.

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In May I continued with painting and we also continued our work remodeling our casita and my art studio above the garage. We walled in the studio and put in French Doors. It came out really cool and I can’t wait to go back there this Spring and paint.

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June arrived and we were still in Baja. I painted some old recycled washing machine drums and made them into planter boxes which was really fun. I painted some art for the Fur Ball which is a long time Todos Santos favorite which raises money for spaying and nuetrering cats and dogs in Todos Santos and Pescadero. Then toward the end of the month one of my best friends flew down to Todos Santos and drove back up the Baja with us to San Diego where she flew home to Seattle.

There are so many San Diego entertainment and cultural events that you can attend when visiting this Southern Californian city.

On our camping trip on the Sea of Cortez at Playa Escondida, Greg and I got engaged!

June

July found us back in Bend, Oregon. The grass in the yard had grown tall! We had planted our veggie garden before we left and friends watched over it while we were gone. We loved seeing all the plants spilling over the raised beds when we got home! Soon we were getting ready for a family reunion. One of the evenings of this 3 day event was at our house for a BBQ with 47 relatives! Fun!

July

August flew by! We did some camping and hiking. I painted a bunch. I was interviewed at Whopple.com We gardened and took great joy in growing our own food! Greg built a greenhouse over one of the raised beds.

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In September we went on Bend’s first annual Backyard Farm Tour and got lots of ideas for our garden! We hope to be on the tour this year too. I created my inspirational card decks, pairing my art with positive affirmations. I was painting, framing paintings and preparing for my show at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery in October.

September

October was a great month for my show at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery in Bend. It featured my whimsical aspen paintings which I call “Magical Woodlands”. Then Greg and I left on a 3 week road trip through the Southwest. We camped out, did lots of sightseeing, rode bikes in Moab, explored new areas, looked at art in Santa Fe and Taos, met some new friends, and enjoyed hot springs a long the way. All in all it was a blast! But it’s always good to be home. We celebrated Halloween at the neighbor’s Halloween party. It’s always fun to dress up.

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In November I painted mini paintings for my online sale and more Peace Trees paintings. Greg started putting together a pottery studio. We got really excited about finding some great deals on a pottery wheel and 2 kilns, one electric and one for raku. I started making plans to dabble in ceramics. We stayed home for Thanksgiving because of the snow and ended up going to a nice restaurant for dinner. That’s probably only the second time in my life that I have done that for Thanksgiving. I started gearing up for the holidays and painted Christmas ornaments for the Tumalo Art Co. gallery’s small gifts tree.

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December brought snow and lots of it! It was so pretty! It felt strange to celebrate the holidays without my parents. It’s the first Christmas without them both being there. I started calling the Trees in my Magical Woodlands series “Peace Trees”. I signed up for the SmARTist Telesummit and looked forward to learning new things in January to help my art career!

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And there you have it! 12 months of life and art!

And now here we are in 2011!

May everything you hope for, work toward and dream about be your reality for 2011. My wish for you is

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to spread your wings,hatchyourplan

hatch your plan,
bethedreamand be the dream you wish for yourself!

Happy New Year!

Love and peace,

Lindy

An Original Acrylic Peace Tree Painting

My newest Peace Tree painting is titled “A Peace Tree Gathering“. I like the way the trees have their arms around each other. They are standing in community.

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The painting wraps around all the sides, top and bottom.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the cool things I like about aspens are that they share a root system deep under ground.

I like what I read on Wikipedia about them. There it says, “Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground. For this reason it is considered to be an indicator of ancient woodlands.”

My trees are from ancient woodlands.

The one I painted is on a wood box frame. It’s 11″ tall x 8″ wide x 4″ deep.

It looks good on the wall.
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And it looks good sitting on a shelf. I like that it can do both.

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I’ve noticed my aspen trees are getting more and more colorful. It just seems to turn out that way. Someone told me at the gallery where I show my art in Bend, “You sure aren’t afraid of color.” Indeed, that is one thing I am not afraid of.

To continue my blog post from the 3rd…We hiked Lava Butte again this afternoon. This time I took more pics of the surrounding area.

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It was beautiful from up there! And we could see snow coming our way. It was chilly and a bit windy!

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We went to the Fire Lookout again and went inside where it felt warmer. The room below the Fire Lookout feels like a solarium. I think they need some benches in it though. We ended up sitting on the floor.

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The dogs rested outside. They were pooped from running and playing!

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Then the dogs came inside and we had a family photo taken. Course it’s hard to get our doggies to pose nicely so Greg is holding Cody still (he’s really not choking him) before he sinks to the ground.   🙂

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We ate some appetizers while we were there. Food always tastes better when you’re in the outdoors and just exercised! We admired the view and then headed home for some warm soup that we new was awaiting us. Happy Sunday to you all!

On Sunday we hiked Lava Butte

I love hiking in the outdoors. No matter the season, it’s all good to me!

What’s interesting about Bend is the diversity of temperature and weather because of the elevation gains throughout the area. Just a couple miles from our house the elevation rises and it is much colder and hence much snowier just south of us.

Yesterday we decided to go hike Lava Butte which is in this area. It ‘s a short drive and a fav, easy hike. It was goreous and sunny with just a few clouds in the sky. A great day for a hike!

Although it was cold at our house, there wasn’t any frost in the trees but when we got to Lava Butte there was frost everywhere and lots of snow!

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I’ve never seen the road that winds up Lava Butte plowed before but it was and made things much easier for our walk since we didn’t bring our snow shoes. Our dogs had a blast running and playing!

We saw this big, beautiful bird along the way. If anyone knows what kind it is, I’d love to know.

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Here’a a closeup.

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Once we got to the top of the Butte we found that the room under the Fire Lookout was open. So we went inside, signed the guest book and looked at all the diagrams all along the top of the room. They point out the various mountains and buttes that you can see. It’s pretty cool.

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We went up to the top of the Fire Lookout to check out the view! It was gorgeous seeing all the mountains in the distance. I wish I had taken a photo looking out at them but I forgot to. Instead I was wrapped up in getting a good pic of Greg and I.

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But Greg got one of me and the dogs with Mt. Bachelor  in the background. This one cracks me up because Belle looks like she is saying “I don’t want my picture taken.” 🙂  Cody is being the good dog, posing sweetly.

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We hiked around on the top of the butte.  We made snow angels and tossed little snow balls down the long, snowy banks of the butte, watching them make their trailing paths. We admired all the great views. What simple fun. And then we went home, built a fire and sipped hot, delicious drinks. It was a great afternoon!

Never doubt the impossible.

Never doubt the impossible. Halleluja! I found our lost photos on our new camera! They’re some of my fav pics from our trip so when I thought they were deleted I was pretty bummed. They’re from when we visited Kristen in Provo on our recent road trip.

See my previous blog post about losing the photos. There was a folder on our camera called private1 and that’s where they were hidden. How I found them is a miracle. Truly. I really don’t know how I did find them but yesterday they appeared and man, was I surprised! I thought I would never get to see them again. So I’m pretty happy.

We braved  blinding rain and stormy skies to get to Provo when we hit Utah on our road trip to meet fellow blogger and writer Kristen Randle and her family.

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And it was worth every minute because when we got to where Kristen lives, the sun was out and it was beautiful sky! We met some of her fabulous family and she took us down to the barn to meet her boys.

LindyandKristenBoys meaning her horses! And it was Greg’s birthday and he loves horses and riding. So it made his day when Kristen asked him if he wanted to go for a ride.

Kristen showed us the barn and arena and introduced us to her horses.

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Greg loves horses and riding so it was fun to see him doing what he loves.

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I think the horses were pretty happy too. Is that a horse smile below?

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We visited with Kristen and the horses till it started to get dark. It was lots of fun. Thank you Kristen!!

To continue the photo journal of our Southwest adventure…I left off when we were headed to Gregg’s Hideout at Lake Mead after Mesa Verde.

GreggsHideoutRdGregg’s Hideout is down an 18 mile dirt road which we got drive in the dark because we spent most of the day crossing Arizona.

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It took us all day…driving and driving. It’s pretty uneventful driving and not much to see but miles of desert and big sky.

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But we finally got to Gregg’s Hideout on Lake Mead. Of course, my Greg loved the name and chose it for that very reason.

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We got there in the dark but found an awesome camp spot.

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and made a pretty nice campfire. I love camping and having a campfire and then watching the stars on a clear night.

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It was perfect. Beautiful weather and a whole lot of doing not much.

I painted some during the day. And a few of my tiny paintings from the trip are for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I made shell designs in the sand. That’s always fun.

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We took a little hike and set up the self timer. It was a windy day on the mountain.

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Greg decided to take a big hike with Cody, our dog. I stayed back at the tent with our other dog Belle, and made art.

Greg hiked up to the bright spot on this mountain. To the very, very top.

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He shared with me the photos when he got back.

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There were some awesome views!

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Lots of cool cactus too.

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Can you imagine camping up there? Someone did and left their firepit.

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I was glad when I could see Greg and Cody on the side of the mountain. I get a little worried when Greg hikes by himself. He could see our tent where he was too. Except when he got to the very, very top.

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Then he could see in all directions.

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Part of me wished I had made the hike too. So I could see the views.

But then again….
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I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed walking along these ridges.

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So you can say I’m adventurous. But not as adventurous as Greg.

So what about you? Would you have taken a hike like this?

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After Gregg’s Hideout we bee-lined to Oregon. We couldn’t wait to get home.

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We camped out one more night and hit some snow as we neared Bend.

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Finally we were home! I love coming home when you’ve been gone awhile.

Happy sunsets and pink skies to you!

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I’ll share with you my hand painted Christmas ornaments and some new paintings in my next post.

More About Our Southwest Adventure

Here are some more photos from our 3 week road trip to the Southwest in October. After we went to Santa Fe and Taos we headed to Heron Lake to get our kayaks in the water.

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Heron Lake is a beautiful lake in the desert in Northern New Mexico. There are some remote camp spots along the edge. So we headed in that direction. We each had a dog on the back of our kayaks. The dogs sit on a piece of carpet that is attached to the kayak and they’re trained to sit still and not rock the boat! Greg had Belle on the back and I had Cody.

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But not long after we got on the water, the wind started to pick up. It got pretty gusty and rolling dark clouds were headed our way! We knew rain was coming! So we got to our camp spot quickly and Greg rigged up the tarp. It kept us dry when it rained overnight. It was a great camp spot though and we had a nice campfire! The next day, the dogs were able to run and play and get in the water.

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But in the morning the ground had turned to mud. It got on everything! An inch of mud would instantly stick to the bottoms of our shoes. It was pretty yucky and messy so we decided to head back to the truck and hit the road. Destination, Mesa Verde.

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Once you turn into the Mesa Verde Park there is atleast a 45 minute drive on a winding road to get to the museum and where you can see the cliff dewellings and take a tour. We didn’t get to see much view from the road though cause of the fog. But finally we broke out of the clouds and there it was!mesaverderoad

Cliff dwellings.

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They were awesome.

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It’s one thing to see it in photos but when you’re actually there seeing it live and in person, you really get a feel for what if must have been like to live in these stone houses under the eave of the rock mountain.

mesaverde6We had fun exploring on our own too.

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They’ve found over 600 sites in the park where ancient people have lived. We visited the museum.

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There are lots of trails and places to explore. We only went to two sites though and I really recommend going and spending a chunk of time there. I wish we had and that the weather would have been nicer. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip seeing these cliff dwellings. I really enjoyed it!

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When we were done seeing Mesa Verde, we decided we wanted to head to some sunshine for the remainder of our time. We wanted to find a place to chill out and relax. So we looked online and found there was rain and 50 degrees in just about all areas of the Southwest except Lake Mead in Nevada. So that is where we headed. To a place called “Gregg’s Hideout”. My Greg found it online but it mean driving all the way across Arizona, in one day!

We had to drive and drive.

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We stopped for a break at the 4 corners.

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And then we drove some more!

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When we finally got to Lake Mead it was dark! We had to drive 18 miles down a dirt road but we were up for an adventure and we finally made it. We found a great little camp spot out on a spit and in the morning we got to get up and look at our surroundings which we couldn’t see much of in the dark when we arrived. Below you can see our tent. It was beautiful weather and just what we were look for! Peace and quiet and sunshine!

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More about Gregg’s Hideout in my next post.

Be well,

Lindy

We Were Inspired by Earthships and Santa Fe

We toured the Earthship homes on our way to Santa Fe. Earthships are off the grid homes which are built with recycled materials using earth filled tires, bottles and cans. We found them fascinating so we visited a community center where you can learn about how they’re made. Visit http://www.earthship.com for more info on them.

earthship5There was a fully sustainable Earthship home being built nearby that we toured. I liked the arches and the use of bottles to make a stained glass effect.

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There is a surrounding Earthship neighborhood called the Greater World Earthship Community which one can see from a distance from the community center but you can’t tour it which is understandable.

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Many Earthships are built into the ground. The way the home interacts with the sun and the earth maintains a stable, comfortable temperature. Their website says, “The outer few feet of the earth heats up and cools off in response to surface weather. However, deeper in the earth, about four feet and beyond, the temperature is more constant (around 58 degrees). Here, the earth can be used to both cool and stabilize temperature if the home is appropriately designed.”

I love this idea of using recycled materials and living off the grid. I don’t know if I could do it but I admire those who do. What do you think of these homes?

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We stayed in Santa Fe for a few days and toured the Plaza and Canyon Road which is lined with art galleries. So many galleries! So little time!

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I don’t think we even saw half the galleries on Canyon Road. There were so many! We saw a lot of art…really lovely paintings and sculptures!canyonrd

I took notes on things I liked. I really liked this folk artist and his studio below.

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We went out to lunch (here we are, pretty happy with our coffee and dessert).

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We came across this beautiful mosaic on a wall outside the restaurant. I love this one with all its color. It was made and designed by students which is pretty impressive.

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I went to the Georgia O’keefe museum and was taken by her art and story. I admired her independence and drive to make art! I wanted to see the area where she lived at Ghost Ranch outside Santa Fe. So we headed toward  O’keefe country and Heron Lake where we hoped to put in our kayaks and do more camping.

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We’d been carrying these kayaks on the truck the whole trip and were beginning to wonder if we’d ever get to put them in water!

OkeefeCountryYou’ll see with more pics to come in my next post.

Our Taos, New Mexico Adventure

When we neared Taos we took a break and had lunch.

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When we stopped, I kept seeing lovely green rocks on the ground so I started a collection.

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We also stopped and took a walk along a path which led to this church. There was a gorgeous view of the surrounding area from the top of this butte that the church stood on.

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We stopped and took some pics of these wild horses out in the brush too.

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Finally we got to our camp spot up on the Mesa above the big Rio Grande canyon.

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We toasted to another beautiful camp spot.

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And grateful for  a clear night under the moon and stars!

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In the morning, we rode our bikes to the Black Rock Hot Springs, located along the Rio Grande River, north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. They were really beautiful and again, we were the only ones there! Nice! It was a tough bike ride home up the winding switchbacked road to our camp spot but it was worth it! Felt great to be exercising. Although, the next morning we drove the truck there cause it really was pretty tough going up the mountain on our bikes.

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And then there were the hot air balloons to watch being lifted off right near where we camped.

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They were fun to watch.balloon2
Especially when they went down into the canyon.

balloon3Another highlight was meeting Thor Janson, wildlife conservationist, photographer, author and adventurer, who was camping near us on the mesa. We met him while he was photographing the balloon launch. He said he would use the images when he got back to Guatemala where he lives. He came over to our camp spot and we shared stories and compared travel notes. It’s always fun to meet interesting people when we travel.

We loved the small village called Arroyo Seco, located east of where we were camping above Arroyo Hondo.

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We loved the town so much that we ended up staying there so we could experience it a little longer.

snowmansionThere we met the family who run the Snow Mansion, Seco’s local Youth Hostel. It was convenient to stay there because we could pick veggies out of their huge garden and use their kitchen and facilities. Greg actually helped them a little with the SEO (search engine optimization) on their website. It was a really great place and friendly too!

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And I loved the little artsy touches around the property.

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We took a walk in the evening with the dogs and admired the gorgeous scenery!

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Did a little dreaming about what it would be like to live there.

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We walked till sunset…till it got dark. We decided we love our new camera too.

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We did get into Taos as well to look at some art  galleries which was inspiring. I took notes on artists names of the art I liked so I could look them up on the computer when I got home.

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When we were at Seco’s local Tea House, we heard about a nearby community of people who live in Earthships, a type of  home made of natural and recycled materials. There was a tour one could take and see some pretty unique housing and how it was built. So we did that one day too. And I’ll tell you about that and our stay in Santa Fe in my next post.

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Peace.

~ L

Colorado Photos and Travel Highlights

We’re a bit sorry we didn’t take Kristen’s advice and travel south east along Colorado’s lower half to travel across Colorado. She told us it was a beautiful route. And we would find this out on our way back. But going, we didn’t do it, instead we decided to take the Central route.

But first we stopped in Telluride to check out this quaint mountain town before we headed East.

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We grabbed a coffee and walked around, checking out the sights.

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I loved this cute sign, Fly Me To The Moon Saloon.

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And the colorful buildings.

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And the cute benches made of skies.

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We would have taken the tram up the mountain but we were anxious to get travelling.

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So we just admired it from afar and soon we were back on the road.

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Admiring more beautiful color.

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The scenery was breathtaking near Ridgway, just north of Telluride.

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We really liked Ridgway which was another cute mt. town. I don’t have any photos of it but we stopped there for lunch and did sone browsing in the shops.

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I love this lake and sky shot below that we travelled by.

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It seemed it started getting dark fast. Probably because of the time change. So we found an interesting place to camp up a dirt road. We travelled through a deserted mining town which was very eery. Deserted for the season anyway.

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But in the morning, we got to see the lovely aspens along this dirt road.

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I got some good shots for inspiration for my aspen paintings.

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I’m really fascinated by the patterns of the bark. This one looked like a face to me.

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It was really a beautiful stand of trees!

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On we went. And then this is where we thought, hmmm, maybe we should have taken the Southern route.

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Wasn’t it beautiful, sunny weather, just yesterday? Why didn’t we stay south?

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But we stopped for some yummy tamales and that made it all better!

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We figured we might hit some snow along the way. And we sure did.

Next stop, Manitou Springs, CO.

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Home of Pike’s Peak and the most charming town ever.

Yes, it rained. But we sure enjoyed visiting this cute town.

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We walked around, exploring. Visited the local artist’s co-op gallery.
Hooked up to the internet at a cozy restaurant. Visited a nifty arcade.

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There were lots of machines from the early days that were cool to see.

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Next we checked out Colorado Springs and then we were headed to New Mexico. Check back for more about our Southwest journey. Tomorrow’s post will show some of my fav parts of the trip.

Bye for now.

~ L ~

We Went to Moab on our Road Trip

We loved Moab. It’s home to Arches National Park. A beautiful area with towering spires, big canyons and magnificent arches!

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I loved seeing these huge, expansive arches!

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And in Moab we found a cool camp spot near Slick Rock with an awesome view! Check out the beautiful fluffy clouds below. We had gorgeous weather.

The landscape makes me want to paint it!

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I’ve only painted a few landscapes before. One of them was my “Superstition Mountains” painting from 2006. See below.

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I’m thinking I may want to try my hand at painting some more landscapes because I’m so inspired by the images we saw!

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The red rock canyons were spectacular!

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We did some biking a few times while we were there too which was fun!

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One day we rode out to what I call “Dog Face Rock”. And yes, we took pics of us sitting in the dog’s mouth but this photo below is best for seeing the rock face.

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I thought many of the bike trails in Moab were really advanced and too difficult for my abilities. But we found enough places to ride that were really fun that I would highly recommend going! The bike shops in town have maps. So if you go, just ask around and there will surely be someone ready to help out with a recommendation for where to ride.

Then we were off to Colorado where we saw more wonderful color!

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More spectacular scenery.

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And found another great camp spot. Along a river this time.

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Tomorrow’s post will have more on Colorado’s wonders.

Till then…

Have a Happy Halloween!

Art Show and Southwest Road Trip Travel Pics

My show at the Tumalo Art Co. is coming to an end this Tuesday. It’s been a great show! And Opening Night was so fun. Here I am with my friends Sandy and Wes.

Oct Tumalo Art Co. Show OpeningI talked with lots of people about my art that night.

Oct2010I was very grateful to be showing with Dorothy Freudenberg. I love Dorothy’s art and her work goes well with mine with vibrant reds and oranges.

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And then we came home and started packing for our Southwest road trip! We packed up our gear, a bunch of maps, 2 mt. bikes, 2 kayaks, our 2 border collies and off we went. Travelling through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and California, we had quite an adventure!

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Here we are so happy to be on the road and at our first camp spot. Our trip lasted 23 days and this photo below is our first night out. In the next few days, I’ll be posting some of the images from our trip and telling you about some of the highlights.

First Camp Night
One of the best things that happened during our trip was I was able to meet a kindred spirit… artist, blogger and wonderful writer, Kristen Randle, and some of her family too! I find it quite amazing that we were able to meet in person! How cool is that!!

The Randles opened their arms and home to us and we were overjoyed to spend  an evening with them! Kristen let Greg ride her horses which made Greg’s day and since it was his birthday, even more special!

The sad thing is…I don’t have any photos from our visit! We just got a new camera before we left and somehow one of us accidently deleted the images from that day! I am so sad about that. But you can see some photos on Kristen’s blog — go over to the K Street Journal to see some pics.

Early on we decided we would try to hit some hot springs during our travels. The Randles told us about some beautiful hot springs in their area that were well worth going to. So we headed on over there the following day. The leaves were changing color and it was a magical walk up the trail with our two dogs, Cody and Belle.

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An approx. 2.5 mile walk along a creek leads to the hot springs. There was not a soul in sight. Probably because it was still morning. When we were leaving we passed lots of folks coming up the trail.

Note to self: Visit hot springs in a.m. if you want them all to yourself.

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Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah

These are the lower pools and if you walk up the trail there is a waterfall with even more pools.

One thing I didn’t know about sulfer hot springs is that they will turn your silver jewelry lovely shades of turquoise, green and blue.

So take your jewelry off before you go in unless you want to see it change color! Although it does go away and turns back to silver once you’ve been out of the pool for awhile.

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And then we were off to Moab. A place I had always wanted to visit and ride my mt. bike at. Moab is home to Arches National Park and the coolest big red rock canyons ever.MoabSign

Tomorrow I’ll post some photos of this leg of our journey.

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Happy Travels!