I decided to take New Mexico Route 14 north to Santa Fe, otherwise known as the Turquoise Trail. I'd not been this way before and enjoyed the drive so much I headed back to Albuquerque the same way. I'd passed through the small town of Madrid on my way to Santa Fe truly on a blink. I was determined to stop there on my way back.
The colors of New Mexico always surprise me. I suppose all the brown and red and earth tones are there on purpose...so the colors that those who live there choose to decorate the place with have the perfect backdrop to make the colors pop! I loved these blown glass balls in a weathered trough. Just one of the treasures I discovered along the way.
I've documented a bit of my trip for you. Would that you had been riding along side me in the passenger's seat, this is the kind of terrain you would see on our way.
...but I have to say that I was disappointed with the amount of China and India imports, expecting more Southwest. They were beautiful, of course, and highly priced. A bit out of reach for this do-it-yourself, yardsale reinventor kind of gal. But I got PLENTY of ideas.
I lunched on local Mexican cuisine, Chile Rellenos, and brought half of it home for my dinner. Yum. Side note: While heading out of Santa Fe, I passed this vehicle and had to smile. See that suitcase strapped to the top? Across its side is written "Emotional Baggage." LOL I tried to get a side view pic but alas, the little bug was too quick for me.
I did make my stop on the way home in the teeny tiny little community of Madrid. I think when I grow up I'll run away to live there. Very artsy and laidback. I got the feeling that this may be the place old hippies go before they die. Or, maybe they've been there since 1968. Not sure. At any rate, it's kinda cool and I had fun roaming a few shops and talking with the proprieters.