(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.”
See Rachel’s take here!
photos taken with my iphone that morning…