After a brief stop in Albuquerque where I met friend and blogger Paul and had yummy appetizers, we are back on the road again, headed out to Mesa Verde, somewhere I have heard about for many years, but never seen.
Last night we also had a dinner (which I for one didn't really need) at the Church Street Cafe in Old Town. We walked around the town (most places were closed, but a few were still open), and found a little shop that featured artists from New Mexico, especially as they painted religious folk themes. I was captivated by a little display for Vicente Telles, and had to buy a tiny piece of art by him, called Mater Dolorosa.
As we exited, the shopkeeper called out, "thanks for supporting local artists!"
We watched fireworks from our hotel room.
Got up early to eat a little breakfast in the downstairs cafe, and listen to the latest on the Casey Anthony trial.
Now we will be traveling scenic routes all day, cameras and journals in hand, until we get to our scenic destination.
My hope during the next few days: that I will see the beauty in the local artistry, that I will support local artists, and that I will find freedom to be one.