Tag Archives: New Mexico

Scenes on Sunday ~ Albuquerque

Bugs Bunny should have taken a left turn in Albuquerque.

This was the Best B & B Ever

Might be the Old Town

Generic Albuquerque Store

A bar, I think

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

This has to be the coolest locomotive ever,

and it’s in Albuquerque.

Scenes on Sunday ~ New Mexico Snow

On the road, snow is glistening ~ loving the winter traveling…..

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

who would believe that it snows in the desert?

Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe

Desire is the history that drives the engine…..

In Albuquerque I went to see an old railway locomotive being restored by a bunch of unpaid enthusiasts ~ older and interesting guys.

It turned out that the massive 450 ton engine ran on the AT & SF, and how cool is that?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

go to New Mexico and see this

Cars, and Planes, and Trains

It’s very nice to go travelling, but it’s so much nicer to travel home.

Actually no it isn’t.  In comparison to warm and sunny Orange County, the North of England in late November is bleak, boring, grey, and bloody cold, even down at my favourite boat on the marina it’s miserable today.  And it’s a pretty long journey to get back here from where I was staying with my friend.

  • Leave my friend at 04:00 Pacific Time on Monday 19th November.
  • Uber to John Wayne Airport.
  • Take off from John Wayne at 07:00.
  • Flight to Dallas Fort Worth     2hrs 35
  • Land DFW at 11:35 Central Time (2 hours time change).
  • Take off DFW at 15:15 for London Heathrow, a flight of 9hrs 00, (benefiting from a 125mph tail wind over the Atlantic).
  • Land London Heathrow at 06:15 GMT on November 20th (6 hours time change).
  •  Leave LHR for Newcastle upon Tyne at 09:45 GMT, a flight of 1hrs 15
  • Arrive NCL at 11:00
  • Leave Newcastle Airport by Metro Subway for Newcastle Central Rail Station at 12:40 GMT
  • Arrive back at the garret at 14:30 GMT on Monday 20th of November.

Total journey time of 26hrs 30min.  Time in the air 12hrs 50min.

It’s about 5,500 miles from SoCal to the North of England, all in all, and from 38,000 feet you damn well know the world is round when you look out of the aircraft windows.

Some say that it’s excitement and adventure that keeps a man alive.  And, that when you can’t be bothered to go travelling, you may as well just curl up and die.  All I know is that I loved every damn minute of my latest trip ~ maybe the best trip ever.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

much on New Mexico is Indian land

(is one allowed to say that?)

 

Santa Fe Trail

‘the trail to Santa Fe means eradicating the Kiowa and the Comanche’

shot from the car on the Road to Santa Fe

Went to Santa Fe in New Mexico ~ change scene to Classic Western movie starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ronald Reagan as General George Armstrong Custer.  And nope, it wasn’t anything like that at all.

For a start it was snowing, and that made it more like a Clint Eastwood nihilistic spaghetti western.  Then we had lunch in the coolest New Mexico menu restaurant, which was full of sexy chi-chi women.  And after that I took in the Georgia O’Keeffe art museum, which was all about weird multi-million dollar paintings.

O’Keeffe’s work is ostensibly of flowers, but trust me, most of her paintings spoke to me of abstract images of female genitalia.  Weird.

The girl riding shotgun and I wandered around a few art galleries too.  Either Santa Fe NM is a seriously wealthy town, or seriously wealthy people go there to buy art.

All in all I like Santa Fe, even if it is more Clint Eastwood and Georgia O’Keeffe than Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.  An almost accidental little road trip, with an accidentally great result.

Just another confirmation that I’m suddenly living the good life.

Some say that great art is not meant to be understood.  And that what you see in a painting is merely a reflection of your own subconscious mind.  All I know is that flowers really are sexual organs.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Dawn in the Enchanted Land.

The Apache called this the Enchanted Land.

Dawn in New Mexico, the mountains silhouetted against a colouring sky, and this dawn perhaps brings a new hope.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a dawn for quiet contemplation

Destination – New Mexico

The cool thing about smaller aircraft transportation is that it’s never boring

Today I am flying from John Wayne airport in Orange County CA, to Albuquerque in New Mexico.  Then picking up a rental for the drive to the luxurious Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo NM.

I think the aircraft is going to be a small ‘puddle jumper’…..  as long as I get an inside seat I don’t mind.

In New Mexico I shall be at a retreat with the interesting headline From Chaos to Coherence – The Power To Thrive In Life Extremes, and by the cringe do I go to EXTREMES!

Hopefully I’m going to experience something deeply spiritual.

The resort hotel looks interesting.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Adventures New

Embrace the daring adventure your life was supposed to be.

I like the sea and great beaches, particularly in the warm, blue Mediterranean.

Having recently returned from having a great time on the Mediterranean Island of Crete, (which has the longest history and the oldest civilisation in Europe), I decided it was time to look for a new adventure.

So, I’ve found a trip which involves an intensive ‘Wisdom Retreat’ with the catchy tag-line of From Chaos to Coherence ~ The Power To Thrive In Life Extremes.  This retreat is to be lead by the New Age author Gregg Braden, and takes place in the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, in New Mexico.

The hotel looks great, and the circular pool looks fabulous.

I’ve never been to New Mexico, especially not to a place that’s a 5,280 foot high desert valley.  The pre-reading for this retreat includes lots of stuff about how to be comfortable and survive while I’m out in the desert…..  It all sounds adventurous, educational, and fun.

And, I wanted to see my friend in California again ~ better known as ‘The Girl Riding Shotgun.

Ergo, I’m flying out to Orange County to spend a few days on the Californian beaches, and then flying to Albuqureque, and driving to the Hyatt where the retreat is being held.

It might have been fun to take the 800 mile road trip from California to New Mexico, but this time that was just not going to work.  So, I’ll get to experience all the delights of American short-haul flying, probably in a puddle-jumper.

This trip is not for a while yet, and I am really looking forward t it.  I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

The trip after this one to New Mexico?  Back to Turkey I think.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

After New Mexico ~ maybe Turkey again

 

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