Hello Again From Santa Fe
Trip Start Jul 29, 2011
4Trip End Aug 02, 2011
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Saturday was a very full day and I didn't have a chance to write something, so as I write this, it's Sunday morning at 8:50 local time. Yesterday started off beautifully, sunny and in the mid-60s...once again, little or no humidity! It was perfect for heading northwest to the area known as Abiquiu (AH-bee-cue) where the great American artist Georgia O'Keeffe lived and worked. She lived a VERY long and productive life (1887-1986) and first came to this area in the late 1920s. She became a permanent resident in 1949, buying the property we toured at that time (just after electricity came to the area!) Unfortunately, they don't allow photography of any kind, so I can't send any shots of the place. I did take plenty of the surrounding area, which will be up on my Website and my TravelPod blog when I get home.
Abiquiu was first settled, believe it or not, in the early 1700s and portions of O'Keeffe's home date from 1740
O'Keeffe lived simply, but had every modern convenience we've become accustomed to. (She didn't know what a cell phone was, though and even if she did, she wouldn't have been able to use it. There's no cell service anywhere in the area!) The home is exactly as she left it when she died, including her working area, office, kitchen (all the tables were just sheets of finished plywood) and a spacious living room, which was off-limits, except to look through the doorway. Its adobe floor is fairly soft and we were told that too much foot traffic would ruin it. I did try to get a good look at her stereo system, which was--amazingly--a classic MacIntosh integrated amp with what looked like a Thorens turntable. I don't know what kind of speakers she had (I asked) but the fact that she had that kind of gear waaaaaay up there is astounding! (She had a 1970s vintage Marantz amp in her studio.) Okay. Enough on that. Our guide was very knowledgable and brought along reproductions of some of O'Keeffe's paintings as well as pictures of her taken in various locations around the house
A very friendly, talkative gentleman named Leonard was the groundskeeper at O'Keeffe's home. I struck up a conversation with him and told him I was visiting from Chicago. Before I left, he took me aside and asked, "So what are you guys gonna do about Cutler and the Bears??" I laughed out loud as he told me he was a football fanatic!
Today I'm headed to see some Native American ruins at the Pecos National Historical Monument, then back into town. Thanks for checking in and we'll update you ASAP!
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