Monday, May 26, 2014

Albuquerque, Santa Fe, 5/5 -11/14

 The airport's design already reminded me I was not in Honolulu.
 First stop, Old Town Albuquerque.
 There were chili hanging every where.

Chris made this very beautiful double silver band bracelet which he sized for me. The outside depicts rain pattern for constant life. The inside depicts arrows for protection; and bears for strength and courage.

The turquoise pendant was made by a lady at a Plaza in Santa Fe.
I continue to enjoy Luis' cd.

Chapel, Lady of Guadalupe

Santa Fe -
Erma drove a lot (between Santa Fe, Jemez Pueblo, Albuquerque)
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral...

This labyrinth was so philosophical, as I stayed on one path until I got to the center. It would have been easier to just walk to the center but I enjoyed the journey.
At La Fonda...

Check out Ricardo
Oldest home that Santa Fe homes model after. I was impressed that their homes are no taller than a juniper. It was so nice to see that the homes are in harmony with their surroundings.
Oldest Church

Canyon Road is where artist display/sell their creations.  It would be cool to have my son Jon Ching's oil paintings here.

 More hanging chili.
 Get it?

 Actually this piece was near Canyon Road.
This is a glimpse of my trip, I want to share more but for now this is a lot. Part 2 is in the following blog  which includes Hot Air Balloon and IAIA Pow Wow. . You can scroll down or click on the link.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hot Air Balloon - 5/8/14, IAIA Pow Wow - 5/10/14

Wednesday, 5/7/14, Erma and I got up at 4 am, left Santa Fe at 4:30 and headed to Albuquerque an hour drive away. As you can see these balloons are huge.
Notice the balloon on the right, it has the New Mexico flag design.  The red symbol is called a "Zia" and it is centered on a field of yellow. Zia Pueblo, an Indian reservation known for their pottery and use of the Sun symbol. The number 4 is important: 4 points of the compass- north, south, east, west; 4 seasons; 4 periods of each day- morning, noon, evening, night; 4 seasons of life- childhood, youth, middle years, old age; 4 sacred obligations one must develop- a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit and a devotion to the welfare of others.

Looking at the sky/wind, the ride was cancelled. They are certified and follow the codes of the FFA to fly their balloons. Although we were disappointed, we were glad they made that decision. We could get our money back or try again.
The next day, Thursday - 5/8/14 we went back. Same early morning wake up. Left Santa Fe - time and weather: 4:37 am, 39 degrees.
There are different size baskets. LOL, 10 of us were in this one.
Weather permitting, our 2 and 5 other balloons were enjoying the flight.

Hot Air Over Albuquerque...

Yes, that was our shadow. We landed in a parking lot. I think our other balloon landed in a gated community so their balloon chaser had a harder time getting to their people. I checked the weather and time once we were on the ground: Albuquerque, 8:11 am, 43 degrees.
Time for celebration: champagne and a certificate. The souvenir champagne glass they gave us will always remind me of this wonderful experience/the ride!!!

The park they took us to celebrate was a delight.  We enjoyed the art carved by Mark Chevez.

IAIA Pow Wow, Saturday 5/10/14…
Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

What a treat!!! There were 5 tents of drummers, they took turns through out this festivity.
I was in awe of their clothes with their adornments. The following are photos as they danced into the circle, drums were playing. There were contests, food and items to purchase. I did get a pair of feather earrings - I luv it.

These photos do not do justice, however, I do not want to post a video, I did not get permission. I actually had a hard time using my camera because of the focus and my lens was not wide enough.

Although we enjoyed the Pow Wow, going to this spa was a delight. We were both sunburned and relaxing here was a treat - sorry no photos.

Erma, thank you for an awesome visit, I am still on cloud 9.

One more memory, fry bread topped with honey, cinnamon and powder sugar.