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O’Keeffe country

We are waiting for the van’s license plates to arrive before we depart New Mexico, so we have a couple extra days. So we decided to head south a bit to Abiquiu, which is where Georgia O’Keeffe spent many summers before moving out here.

On the way, we came through a hail storm that covered the desert with snow. It was scary but only lasted a few minutes. Then everything was calm and sunny again.

We also stopped outside of Taos at the Rio Grande Gorge bridge, and took pictures of rafters way down on the river below. We rafted the Rio Grande from Pilar with Nell on a previous trip. It was so much fun! The rafters we saw weren’t getting to go through as many rapids as we did.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Abiqu is barely a town .. at least, not that we were able to find. We might have missed the more modern part.

Old Abiqu.

Old Abiquiu.

There is a big  man-made lake. popular with fishermen and water skiiers,  just a little ways north of the pueblo.

Lake Abiqu

Lake Abiquiu

Erik found a good view point to oversee the Chama River. We may try to do a rafting trip on the Chama later this week.

Chama River.

Chama River.

We found our way to Ghost Ranch, which is where we stayed last night and will stay tonight as well. It’s a funky conference center/artists colony/museum/RV park/hiking trail nucleus/retreat center/beautiful spot. I’ll post some photos from the surroundings in the next post.

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