Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – Gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Since wintering in the southwest, I’ve become more interested in the history and culture of the Native Americans. Regular readers may have noticed a thread of travels in my journeys here that features events and places that focus on that part of the history not only of the United States, but of the North American continent and its earliest residents. This week we journey to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, a museum focusing on the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Continue reading

J and R Vintage Auto Museum – Visit While You Still Can

Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

This winter, a family friend who is also a “car nut” shared a hidden treasure near Albuquerque. This vintage auto museum is well worth a visit and if you’ve the desire and funds, you might just be able to take home one of the classics on display. When we were there, a few of the cars had “For Sale” signs on them. That’s not usual for a museum…

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Dargah – Final Home of a Sufi Saint

Taos, New Mexico.

It is through a familial relationship that I was introduced to the concept of a dargah. It’s all very complicated but to make it easy, my great-nephew, Beau Gano, was one of the construction managers in the building of this revered place of rest for Murshid Samuel Lewis. In the mountains near Taos, a small village of the faithful followers of Murshid SAM has the honor of caring for his remains. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 1 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It was morning over the Rio Grande. The air was relatively still, though we couldn’t tell sailing above the terrain, the hot air balloon riding along with whatever wind pushed us along. One year ago today, our Albuquerque Steiner family reunion concluded its three-day celebration. When in the balloon capital of the world, it’s not a bad idea to get a bird’s eye view of the area. Regular readers may recall my collection of images from that experience. You will find it here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 20 May 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In November 2015, we found ourselves on a short, but quite easy uphill, trail that ends at the Sandia Cave. The trail meanders up the side of a canyon wall where Native Americans discovered a natural cave. Spelunkers today can explore that cave, most recently rediscovered in 1936, but check with the USDA Forest Service to determine what might be needed on a given day to begin exploration. More photos and a more complete description of our trip to the cave can be found here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 15 April 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A regular stop on our travels between Arizona and North Dakota is at my sister’s house in New Mexico. This year was no exception. In her back yard, she has two ornamental crab apple trees and as luck would have it, the day we were there, they were in full bloom. Before long, I was outside in her back yard snapping some pictures with my cellphone camera. Continue reading