Day 3, Part 1: Santa Fe, La Fonda & Georgia O’Keeffe

17 Apr


(photo by One Part Gypsy)

Day 3, Part 1

Acceptance, cozy mornings, sundresses in the snow, fancy rooms and Georgia

 In an attempt to get some work done before leaving Chantal’s house, Rachel and I decided to set our alarm for 5am. It wasn’t the smartest plan considering we went to bed at 1am but it was our only option. It was at that moment that I realized I was just going to have to go with the flow the next few weeks. Nothing was going according to our grand plan and the sooner I accepted that the happier I would be.There simply isn’t enough time to drive, explore, eat, write, photograph, visit, sleep AND look cute!

  It ended up being a perfect morning despite the lack of sleep; we worked for a few hours, played with Chantal’s son Sebastian, ate breakfast and hit the road by 10 am for Santa Fe dressed in fabulous sundresses, no less.

 While driving, we decided to check the weather report in Santa Fe- perfect time don’t you think? When you’re an hour away from your destination. I almost spit out my coffee when I read it aloud…they were expecting snow that afternoon. We looked down at our dresses and flip-flops and immediately started laughing. We stupidly assumed Santa Fe in the spring would be warm and never thought to check the forecast. Fools! It’s like the blind leading the blind over here people.

 We arrived at La Fonda by early afternoon and were greeted by the warmest bellman I have ever met. Enter Dave- originally from Texas but recently moved to Santa Fe, used to work in Travel, has a bit of an accent and very kind eyes. I immediately liked him. It dawned on me that I will be learning the stories of many interesting characters during the trip. I love that. I live for that kind of stuff.

 Dave helped us with our 500 bags and showed us to our room- when he opened the door my mouth dropped. Ou room was huge, gorgeous, decorated perfectly and our balcony had a flawless view of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Of Assisi. I had to pinch myself.

 After layering hundreds of pieces of clothing over our dresses, we hit the streets of Santa Fe. Our first stop was The Georgia O’Keefe museum. Side note- Rachel is obsessed with Georgia O’Keeffe. She happens to be a huge creative influence for her and also the reason for our upcoming stops in Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch (both places O’Keeffe painted). I am a fan of hers as well but I wouldn’t say my feelings are as strong as Rachel’s.

 I will admit that seeing her paintings in person was pretty powerful- such movement, grace and soul in her work. One room in the museum displayed photos of Georgia from different periods in her life and I was excited to spot a photo of O’Keeffe at both her private home and Ghost Ranch (places we will be visiting in New Mexico)…it got me so excited for everything to come!

 I was also deeply moved by this Georgia O’Keeffe quote-

 “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

See Rachel’s take here!

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photos taken with my iphone that morning…


15 Responses to “Day 3, Part 1: Santa Fe, La Fonda & Georgia O’Keeffe”

  1. Kaiwin April 17, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    that first picture (with you both standing on the bed) is AWESOME, so clever 🙂 All the lines both frame and lead to you both!

  2. Marc Schuster April 17, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    I love Santa Fe! Have fun at Ghost Ranch. I went on the bus tour last summer, and it was wonderful.

    • katemcclafferty April 17, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks mark!!!! Happy to have you along for the adventure!!!

  3. Claire Cappetta April 17, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    You look like you are having an amazing time! love the pictures 😉

    • katemcclafferty April 17, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Thanks Claire!! Happy to have you along for the adventure!

  4. Chantal April 17, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    So glad you both had a chance to stop & visit us on your travels. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures, first thing Sebastian said, when I showed him your picture together was, ‘Titi’… love you…… May the travels be a safe, fun, and adventurous journey for the both of you, looking forward to the blog on the ‘colorful,’ part of the trip…. LOL

    • katemcclafferty April 17, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      He did!!!! That warms my heart!! Miss you all already. Love love love you

  5. thedigitalbird April 17, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    I’m loving all of your posts! If you are still in Santa Fe, I hope you get to check out the Loretto Chapel. The staircase is AMAZE! The Southwest is definitely the dreamiest and my favorite part of the country. Enjoy!!!

    • katemcclafferty April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      @digitalbird – thank you so much!! I loved my time in the southwest- you’re so right to say its dreamy:) now we are headed to Marfa, Texas!!

      • thedigitalbird April 17, 2012 at 8:45 am #

        ooh Girl! I don’t even need to say it…because you will fall in love with that quirky little place! I have some friends that live there…it’s just the best! Be sure to do happy hour drinks at The Paisano Hotel in the courtyard…everyone cavorts there. It’s real pretty and picturesque. The lobby is filled with GIANT memorabilia. My old boss, Dennis was in that film and he always had cool anecdotes about his time in Marfa in the 1950’s 😉

  6. Loni Found Herself April 17, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I LOVE that quote. Perfect.

  7. arganesh3 April 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Lovely blog! Thanks for following my blog.

  8. fivereflections April 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    amazing… beautiful photos,

    are you going to san antonio

    David in Maine USA

  9. restlessjo April 28, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Looks a lot of fun.

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