“Not all who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien
I’m a back road kind of girl. You only find me on the freeways when I can’t take the time to wander around and must get somewhere important. Other than that, I’m a wanderer. I have a love of wandering, you never know what you might find!
When I was a kid growing up in Colorado and New Mexico my dad was a traveling salesman for a company who sold pre-cut housing. Basically, it was a house that you put together yourself like a puzzle. His territory included Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, parts of Utah and Montana. Since we were home schooled, he always took at least one of us along. Honestly, at the time I hated it. Let me tell you, there are millions of antelope in Wyoming and not much else! My mom used to make a game of counting them as we traveled. There are only so many antelope you can count, believe me! Once I was older, I began to value the experience of seeing so much of the west and that time on the road, is where I developed my creativity to a deeper degree. That was around the time, a dear friend introduced me to the Anne of Green Gables series and many other wonders held within pages. Every time we were home, we went to the library and stocked up on books. I read with veracity! When I couldn’t read anymore, I made up stories about the places we passed by. Most of my friends all know the names of the mountain ranges in these areas, I know the roads, the towns and the stories I told myself. Ojo Caliente, New Mexico was one of my favorite places we passed thru, because to me, it was like a gateway back home heading up to our big mountains. Now, as an adult I love going to Ojo Caliente to stay for the hot springs and tranquility. I will share pictures of Ojo another time.
It’s from this history of myself that I developed a love of wandering back roads. As I got older, I realized it was one of the things that developed my creativity. As well as, all the truly strange, the really interesting things and breathtaking vista’s aren’t on the main roads. You only find them on the back roads!
A few weeks ago, hubby took me out in his wrangler to wander!
We went from Albuquerque to Edgewood and from there we wandered down a few of my favorite back roads to one of my favorite spots ever.
Galisteo, New Mexico. It’s truly a quaint, tiny old town in a far out of the way area, near Santa fe. Parts of several movies have been filmed out there. The landscape is beautiful.
An old ranch gate. I love them.
An old adobe. I love them.
A one lane bridge. I love them.
Then we wandered our way into Santa fe. The rail runner! It commutes from Albuquerque south to Los Lunas and north to Santa fe. I think it’s cool.
Turquoise! I love turquoise. (It’s a requirement if you’re going to live in New Mexico :)! )
This is part of a selection found at the historic Tin Nee Ann traders post in Santa fe. Notice all the scratches on the glass….It’s been around a long time! These pieces are done by artists of the different native indian nations nearby. I think their work is breathtaking. If you’re ever in the area you should make it a priority to visit some of the pueblos. There is a rich history, and culture that shouldn’t be missed.
Then we traveled back to Albuquerque. The sun came back out on our way home and those brilliant New Mexico skies reappeared! This is a view towards Cochiti, which is also off of the beaten path. Once you get back there, the views are breathtaking. I hope to go there this summer again. When I do, I will share my pictures with you.
When I travel around on the back roads of New Mexico, I understand why the amazing artist, Georgia O’Keefe loved spending so much of her life here. I adore this photo of her. It shows her adventurous spirit and joy on a back road in New Mexico.
(Image by Marie Chabot)
Take a back road! You won’t be disappointed!