“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough” ~Emily Dickinson
Looking back today, on this Christmas Eve, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity we have been given to experience and share with you the grand discoveries and small details that make the Southwest the most unique place on Earth. Today we are reflecting on those moments, with a glimpse forward to our plans for 2020.
To the Four Corners region and the Santa Fe Trail…
Majestic red rock to snowy desert landscapes …
We feel incredibly lucky to live here — to have the opportunity to meet fascinating artists, chefs, historians — and to learn of all the many traditions.
To continually discover the foods — a fusion of cultures and their history, making it the most most delicious cuisine we have come to know and crave.
Hotels and motels that let you know, yes you are in the Southwest …
Mysterious artful wonders where you are consumed in awe …
and a particular corner in Winslow, Arizona…
And always, as dependable as sunrise and sunset, the scenery and big sky country that takes your breath away…
Lately, our story research has been in arranging to meet with families, historians, and artists who have a keen interest in the old west. We’ve recently learned that in our own back yard there are caves and outlaw hideouts that initially could not be called “outlaw” because no laws were in place yet in this region for them to be on the outs with.
We are arranging to meet with book authors who know of fascinating Southwestern history dating back to pre-contact with Europeans, and photography collectors of works documenting the people, traditions and daily life of the Southwestern 1800s.
Along with our continued discoveries of the Santa Fe Trail we are also entering into a study of the Old Spanish Trail that runs directly through our forever home of Southwestern Colorado.
We’ve touched here and there on much of this history, and in 2020 we want to dig deeper into the days of old and ancient times. We’ve said this before and it remains true, “We could live here for 1000 years and never run out of discoveries and captivating people to meet.”
So we’d best get a move on!
Today we wish for laughter and joy to fill your home and hearts, and to have the Merriest Christmas, Happiest Holidays and a fantastic New Year!!
With gratitude and love,
Amy and Mr. D
Happy New Year to you all!
Given the direction you are heading to dig deeper into southwestern history, 2020 will be a fascinating batch of discoveries that I look forward to reading. Cheers to you and the New Year!
Doc, we’re meeting so many amazing people — 2020 is going to be a blast. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Merry Christmas Amy and Mr D!! And the happiest new year, too!!
ChileSage, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the gang! xoxo