The Rail Runner train from Albuquerque pulls into the station. It’s a nice way to see New Mexico from a vantage point that doesn’t include driving on an Interstate highway. There are a few places where the route passes through tribal lands, and photography is prohibited; the time I rode the train, as part of a photography class, the conductors kept a close watch on us during that part of the trip. Fifteen photographers and 30 or so cameras had them on high alert…
(Anyone age 62 and older can ride the train free on Wednesdays. Plan accordingly.)
Railyard Arts District
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Just across from the famous church, you’ll see Vigil’s Store, which seems to be doing a brisk business selling chile-related products. I bought a little bag of dried green chile powder. (The storekeeper told me she enjoyed watching me take a deep breath of the scent, with my eyes closed and a smile on my face.)
Chimayó, New Mexico
All of these painted churches had large grounds beside them, with an additional building or two to support the annual feasts or whatever other activities go on.
There were a couple of people inside the church who’d come there with a guide. I didn’t listen to much the guide had to say, but I did hear her say that the church’s 2017 feast – which usually attracts four or five thousand people* – was cancelled because the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey created some concerns about food safety.
Anyway, I liked the benches and bench project and that one folding chair. And the pile of leaves.
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
High Hill, Texas
*In 2000, the population of the town was 116. To put things into a bit of perspective.