I arrived in New Mexico via El Paso, TX yesterday. Up at 6:00am on Sunday, we didn’t hit any traffic on our ride to MCO. Emilie drove me this time, as her brother was too tired to get up that early. He’s done earlier airport shuttles, but today he handed the job off to his sister.
MCO to DFW was uneventful. In Dallas I got some bland breakfast (and more coffee) just across from gate 20. We boarded about 15 min late, but then we sat on the runway for over an hour. The flight from DFW to ELP itself was only an hour and a half!
I let it go. They gave us free premium entertainment, I found a pretty funny comedian doing an HBO special, Whitney someone… she was entertaining. In flight I listened to jazz and tried to close my eyes. I’m not good at relaxing.
Ultimately, we arrived in El Paso. Welcome to, and don’t mess with Texas! Boy was it hot, and windy, I nearly lost my hat.
Driving through the desert is not exactly exciting. I could not for the life of me figure out how to get my iPhone music to connect to this Ford Fiesta, so it was radio play all the way. The sky threatened severe rain, but I managed to outrun it. In the Fiesta.
I stopped at the Apple Barn on the way into town. I couldn’t help myself, I was drawn by the pictures of apple pie and coffee, like a bug to the light. A little sugar and couple of uploaded images later, I was ready to roll on out to Cloudcroft, NM.
I thought the air was thin when the elevation climbed to over 7000 feet, but by the time I got to the the center of Cloudcroft, it was 9000! No wonder I’m dizzy.
You can imagine my big smile as I pulled up Burro Avenue to find my name “in lights” in this adorable, small town. When I looked up the hill to the left, I saw my accommodations for the week, The Burro Street Boardinghouse. What a charming place!
On Sunday night, after my arrival, we set up the classroom space and had a meet and great with the students. It was fun to hear where everyone had traveled from and what brought them here. Several ladies told me that they had followed my Italy blog, day-by-day. I am always flattered when folks say that they follow my writing. Thank you!
The Boardinghouse was very welcoming and I was fast asleep in my big wooden bed by 9:00pm. Light headed, time change, altitude, call it what you will, I had to get some rest before our big first day of class. In the morning, the guests were served an amazing breakfast, including home made muffins, Granny-ola, fresh fruit, and coffee. All on an amazing set of jade dishwater that Linda said she had collected piece by piece, over the years.
This morning I was met with smiling faces full of anticipation and a sense of adventure.
Stay tuned for more news from New Mexico. Visit my Facebook photo album to see all the photos from this week in class: https://www.facebook.com/PaperPaintingsCollageArtwork/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1487146601310491
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