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Santa Fe–Albuquerque

August 14, 2011

The commuter train between Albuquerque (usually – and thankfully — just “ABQ”) is known as the Rail Runner.  It travels several times a day on the Amtrak rails, and covers the 60 or so miles in about an hour and a half.  Seniors pay three bucks!  As the doors close, instead of “двери закрываются”, the signal is “BEEP-BEEP!  BEEP-BEEP!”  I wondered what it would be like if there was a similar connection between Austin and San Antonio, or Austin and Houston.  


The airport is in ABQ and the Ghost Ranch, our destination, is near Santa Fe, and we rode the train a couple times.  It passes into the high desert, through several Native American communities.  There are charred hornos near many homes.  The old ways of baking bread persist. 

The two cities are different, ABQ is Port Aransas to Sante Fe’s Rockport.  Santa Fe is the home of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, a treat for Judith and me.  There are so many saints here!


At left is the Virgin of Guadalupe, lovingly honored with red roses, at the Santuario de Guadalupe.  At right is St. Kateri Tekakwitha, an upstate New York Mohawk-Algonquin, unexpectedly in the courtyard of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis ofAssisi.  She’s wearing turquoise.


Francis himself dances on water in the same courtyard.  What a delightful Brother Sun! 

Here I am with my guy, St. Joseph.  Pious legend says that he is the itinerant carpenter who build the spiral staircase at the Loretto Chapel, a staircase crafted without nails and with no central support. 

Vendors at the Plaza marketplace in Santa Fe offered turquoise, silver, blankets, and paintings.  My favorite was the vendor who offered bouquets of lavender.  I can still smell the slightly-sweet aroma of the lavender.


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