GORGE

July 31, 2015

Today we did a quick run (35 mins for me and 45 for Bill) around town. It’s going to be a better day than expected weather wise so we are going to take Roo for her walk and head to the RIO GRANDE GORGE BRIDGE. It’s about 18 minutes from where our casa is. We left around 10:00 a.m. for the park. Roo took her usual dilly dally time (hey, it’s her turn to workout!). Then we drove to the BRIDGE…oh my! 

 
The parking for the bridge is on the other side of the bridge and as we drove across it my stomach dropped and I think Bill’s did too.  Bill and I left Roo in the car. It was cool enough day and breeze blowing through the car. We walked out to about 1/3 of the way across the bridge and Bill took this photo. It is a seriously deep drop. Makes you feel kind of small. I suddenly noticed that the bridge was bouncing and Bill and I made our way back to land. 

Today was one of those funny days when it’s sunny and warm in town but you could see clouds building up over the mountains. It’s 2 pm now and we are under cloud cover and I think we are about to get some rain. I can hear thunder in the distance. Sunned a little now I have lost my painting light so I think I may sketch a bit. Working on some new paintings!

Raining now and cool outside. Roo and I are in the house with blankets. Sliding glass door is open so we can hear the rain. Cold beer here! Bruschetta with goat cheese, tomato, olive oil and sea salt. Leftover grilled chicken for dinner. 

Portals

  
July 30th, 2015

This is a photo of the exterior front wall of our “compound”. I love the rustic door. I am currently doing a painting of this. Overhead you see that HUGE weeping willow I spoke of in July 

  
Once opened you see the actual front door of the casa.

  
A cooler day here today. I think that the 86 degrees we saw a few days ago will have been our hottest day here for our whole stay. I am looking out ahead in the forecast and see no higher than 82 degrees. Our high today is 73 degrees and mostly sunny. Cooler on the porch. Yoga this morning (I did my first hand-stand position in yoga today!). Getting strong now…(can you hear the “ROCKY” theme song?).  Roo’s walk, groceries and then the day was spent painting, sketching, reading and writing. Funny, today while I was painting I kept getting buzzed by hummingbird drones.! Beer poured. Grilled dinner tonight! Can’t wait! More tour later…

VALERIE, VALERA

  That song kept going through my head yesterday on our hike to Williams Lake.

July 29, 2015

Yoga again today. I never tire of it. Challenging and refreshing all at the same time. Bill knows how happy it makes me. Expecting showers this afternoon so we are keeping it low today. Painting, reading, sunning. We are actually going to get out for a meal tonight. We have been eating from the gas grill the whole time we have been here and loving it. Ah, thunder cracked just now at 2:11 pm. Think we are in for a shower soon. Things clouding up and cooling down. I may have to wear jeans to dinner if it gets much cooler! I love it. Bill is really appreciating the idea of being away from the heat and bad ozone that settles into our home area this time of year. 

Rain/storm came through and dropped the temps! Currently at 4:00p.m. it is 69 degrees!

 
I think Sheila Roo is happy…and yes, I am STILL on the porch under a blanket. Think it’s time for wine soon!

Williams Lake

   

 July 28, 2015.

Today we hiked up to Williams Lake. Drove from Taos to the parking area at THE BAVARIAN LODGE just above the Taos Ski Valley. From there we hiked for an hour (about two miles). It has a pretty steep ascend (about 700 feet per mile!), there are several nearly level stretches and finally you reach a beautiful small lake surrounded by the mountains. It was a great hike for us! Lots of nature, fresh air, sunshine. We both felt like we got a good workout!  

  

Back at the CASA now with feet up and lots of water. I will post more later….

When life give you cherries…

  
As promised a photo of the neighbors cherry tree.  I would be out there picking picking picking…

July 27th, 2015

We are both sleeping well and are giving some credence to this cherry/sleep study. Be sure and search on the Internet , “cherry juice and sleep”. Bill read in our home paper before we left that a study/studies have been done to link better sleep with ingesting cherries. The arcile that Bill read said that drinking just one glass of tart cherry juice (particularly Montmorency-but specifically TART) may improve  your sleep thanks to the high levels of melatonin. There is so much more on the internet, some individuls slept up to 39-40 minutes more, there are links to weight loss, lowering the risk of Type II diabetes, lowering gout, etc. There were actually a couple of good informational videos from the Dr. Oz show where they mention hat you can also eat frozen or dried tart cherries, tart cherry juice concentrate and then as I said, the juice. We have started drinking an 8 oz. glass as our dessert after dinner. 

We had the bedroom windows open last night because we were starting to get too warm in the night. The house is adobe and as with most Taos homes there is no air-conditioning (they don’t need it! We have seen their warmest day and it was 86 degrees!) . Adobe stays cool and can stay warm too! Sometime in the night the rain started back up again, so soothing to listen to. 

Up this morning for coffee, Yoga for me, gym workout for Bill and Sheila. Another sunny “chill” day today. I sat out in the sun for some vitamin D because I see some rainy days ahead in our forecast. We did a little prep for these rainy days. Set up the DVD player and have some DVD’s on standby. Our CASA also has two brand new flat screen TV’s with Direct TV. So far we haven’t turned on the TV ! 

Funny things in the TAOS newpaper on the police blotter. Makes you appreciate a smaller town. 3:05 p.m., Larceny – A woman reported drugs were stolen from her refrigerator. The drug was described as a little square brownie.

Must go paint!  Starting to cloud up again for our late afternoon shower. Tonight’s feaured dinner. Mixed green salad with grilled Sourdough, Grilled Lime Shrimp, brown rice, corn. Cherry juice for dessert. (Note to self…gas grill for home).

Roo hard at work.

  
July 26th, 2015

This is where Bill has set up camp. This is a small desk set up in the living room. We haven’t had any issues with internet service here and have been able to work just as we would at home. Roo sets up camp anywhere she pleases. 

Today is Sunday and the weekends get a little crazy with tourist (haha) and traffic so we decided to chill again at home. I think we will do most of our outings during the week days and nights. We are not in any hurry since we have so much time here. We have found out a lot of information for events during our stay which will be revealed in further posts. Started two more paintings today. Still in initial stages.

Sounds from the porch…local church bells, live music from Eske’s Brew Pub or maybe the Plaza, an occasional horse whiney, occasional goat baaaaaaaaah, dogs barking, crow. 

  

  There is a HUGE weeping willow that is right behind our house. That is our roof along the bottom and right corner of the photo. Tomorrow when the sun is shining on the cherries I will post a photo of the cherry tree next door. I have cherry envy! 

 
Santa Fe Pale Ale al fresco’. Raining but we are tucked up under the porch. That wonderful dusty smell of rain and a cooling in the temperature. Roo is usually looking for her Thunder-shirt by now but seems content to hang on the porch.

 Tonight’s rainbow…

My Office.

  
I can’t seem to move my rear from here.

July 25th, 2015

Up for coffee and a 54 minute run shortly after 7:00 a.m. on the back roads in town. The highest speed limit on these back roads is 25 miles and hour and some at 15 miles an hour. Everyone is very cautious and friendly. Home for a shower then a walk with Roo in the park and checked out the Saturday Farmers Market in the plaza. Lots of interesting folk. Music. Food. Vegetable. Baked goods. Warmest day today. Will get up to 86 degrees (99 at home!). Tonight grilled chicken soft tacos on the porch. 

The picture above is the side porch that Roo and I have planted ourselves on the whole time unless we are sleeping. I have figured out that I can put a pillow on either side of the little wicker couch and lay quite comfortable. (This place has the outdoor space in the yard for a hammock but there is not one.) The window on the left is the kitchen window which looks out on to the mountain photo from the post on July 21st. To the right as you are looking at my “office” space is the sliding glass door into the living room (more pics later!). Further to the right on the outside is the outdoor area where I paint. (See photo from July 22nd).

We really will leave the compound at some point but are just having too much fun chilling!