Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday (Saturday will post another day)

So sorry I didn't post last night...I was having too much fun and it was after by the time I got back to my room...I was exhausted. I hit the sack as soon as I got to my room.  I heard form several of you that you look for my post every morning; THANKS!!  That makes me feel good to know that you all are reading and enjoying my posts :o)

Friday: WOW!!!  Friday, October 29, 2010 is a day I will never forget! It truly was a life changing day! I started out early and drove the high road up to Taos. Yes, it really is called the “High Road”.  The drive was beautiful, amazing, enchanted! (I’m running out of descriptive words to describe the beauty.) I understand why they call New Mexico the “Land of Enchantment”.  I feel as if I’m under some sort of enchanted spell. 

Halfway up the mountain, I stopped at El Santuario de Chimayo and got some Holy Dirt. (check out this link; ) I feel it is important to mention the fact that I am not a Catholic. I have been in Catholic churches before and have many friends who are Catholic. I stopped at this little church purely for the historical aspect.  As I walked through the doorway into the chapel a warm feeling filled me heart/chest and I started to cry. At first I told myself it was my allergies making my eyes run (as they do most mornings) but between me and you… it was so much more!! I walked into on of the isles and sat down in a pew I sat there for what seemed like an hour or more (I do not wear a watch on vacation, so I have no idea how long I actually sat there) an elderly lady was sweeping up the alter an I rose to walk down the isle (to enter the room with the holy dirt) the woman spoke to me and told me all about a book she has read several days about a woman who was healed in Canton Ohio (I have the title written down somewhere…) after exiting the church, I walked around the grounds and sat in the courtyard for an extended period of time; I pulled out my journal and started to write. A true since of calm came over me.  It was as if the weight of the world was being lifted off of my shoulders.  I’m having trouble finding the words to describe just how peaceful the feeling was (is).  There were several gift shops, and local artist selling there wears. I bought some fresh ground green, red, and mixed chili powders…  When I got back into my car; I realized I had spent over two hours at that location.  It was well worth the time.  But my day got even better from there!  (not sure why this is bolded...and I'm too sleepy to figure it out now...) 

I continued driving up the high road stopping every few miles to take pictures…I even learned that I could hold the camera out the open the sunroof and snap some really cool photos of the high road.

I started my day in Taos at the Taos Pueblo.  Please read about this amazing Native American community at the attached;
I met some incredibly nice people both visitors and residents. (more stories about the people later) It was trick-or-treat night at the Pueblo; Oh the cute costumes I saw. :o)  Every local I spoke to invited me to the “Zombie Walk” being held in the town square.  I decided to go;  I felt as if I had walked into the middle of a Broadway musical.  We all met in town square and walked two blocks to the Community Center where the Zombies all danced to Thriller.  It was amusing and I felt as if I were with lots of old friends!

…oh my…it is … I MUST get some sleep! BTW: I’m in Sedona AZ now! But more about that trip another day. 


  1. Oh Becky! I pray that the peace and joy you experienced will remain with you. I am so happy that you have opened yourself to all of the new experiences and to all of the new people you are meeting. I will check the two links later today. Keep having fun and Stay Safe.

  2. Becky, I hope the reason you haven't posted is because you are having sooooooooooo much fun.
    Looking forward to hearing all about your trip and seeing pictures.

  3. Sounds like you are having such an amazing time! I have been to the church and taken home some of the Holy Dirt ~ The church had a very strong sense for me, as did a lot of the places I visited out there, and the people I met.
    I always understood why they called it the land of Enchantment, easy to see it if you are willing to look.