06/2015 NM & CO Road Trip
Jan & Chris Turri With Our New Piece
Vince & Kay
Stacy, Kathy, Madeleine, Candy & Dusty in Boulder
06/2015 - In June we spent our "summer vacation" on a 2600-mile road trip with our dog, Dusty. Since this was her first trip, we took lots of selfies so she could show her friends. Also, since Candy was in charge of the dog, I (Kathy) was left with camera duty (under Candy's direction for composition & for subsequent processing).
We drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico first & spent 5 nights in a casita near the center of the downtown area. We walked for miles each day, strolling in & out of shops, visiting museums & stopping in galleries along Canyon Road. The city is so colorful - from the flowers & furniture at homes & shops, to the enormous murals on some of the walls. They are extremely dog-friendly, welcoming Dusty with water & treats at each outdoor restaurant we frequented. We drove to Albuquerque & to Taos, each for a day, and simply strolled & shopped our way through the centers of towns.
While in Albuquerque we visited the Corrales home & studio of one of our favorite artists, Chris Turri. Chris is a metal sculptor (& much more) & we have been collecting his work since we moved to AZ. We had commissioned a "Spirit Messenger" piece from him & were excited to see his studio when we picked up our fabulous piece! It was so nice to visit with Chris & his wife, Jan, at their home, rather than merely grabbing a few minutes together at an art show. The new piece exceeded our expectations & found her special place on our patio as soon as we returned home. Here's a link to his site: Chris Turri Fine Art
We drove to Boulder, Colorado next & stayed for 6 days in a studio apartment over a carriage house in an historic home close to the center of the downtown area. Boulder wasn't as dog-friendly, requiring dogs to remain outside of outdoor fenced-in eating areas. It was a shock to us that the outdoor pedestrian mall on Pearl Street prohibited dogs. We met a couple with two small dogs who had been thrown off the mall by the police! Luckily dogs are welcome on most trails around the city, so we spent a day at historic Chautauqua Park near the Flatiron Mountains. The Chautauqua Movement established intellectual summer retreats in the late-19th & early-20th centuries, and the Colorado Chautauqua is one of the few remaining in the U.S. Additionally we walked around tiny Wonderland Lake Park, a picturesque reserve on the outskirts of the city. On our last day we made our way up winding roads to Loveland Pass in the Rocky Mountains, stopping for lunch in Georgetown, a small Victorian mining town.
While in Boulder we had a chance to visit with some friends who had recently moved from Atlanta to Boulder. We originally met Madeleine & Stacy on our Vietnam & Cambodia trip in 2013, and they joined us in Hawaii last year for my 60th birthday celebration. It was great to reconnect & spend time together!
We also visited the home of some friends in Denver, Vince & Kay. We met them when we went to Peru last year & loved catching up with them. (We neglected to snap a photo while we were with them, so we included a shot of them from our time in Peru.)
All-in-all it was a successful first-road-trip with Dusty, giving us the opportunity to explore a few new places & visit with some good friends!