The Big Ride – Culture and the Arts! (New Mexico)

Two of the States that I have always wanted to visit were Texas and New Mexico, so having the opportunity to visit them back to back was incredibly amazing.  As you know from my last post, Texas surpassed my expectations.  Well, that was also the case with New Mexico!

I was able to spend time in Las Vegas, New Mexico – a small historical town , along with a couple days in Santa Fe.  What a wonderful experience it’s been visiting New Mexico.

My first stop was in Las Vegas, NM, which was established in 1835.  The little town was built around a central plaza in a traditional Spanish style with a plaza surrounded by buildings that would have been used to fortify the city in the event of an attack. With the arrival of the railway in 1880, the town became notorious for it’s reputation of murderers, robbers, thieves, gamblers and  gunmen, including Doc Holliday and his girlfriend Big Nose Kate…I wonder how she got her name…Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp. What’s interesting is that some parts of the town appear to still have a similar “flavour” 🙂

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from Las Vegas, NM.

One of the local
The Plaza Hotel, which apparently is “haunted”

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I could pull this behind my Harley as a spare set of wheels :)
I could pull this behind my Harley as a spare set of wheels 🙂

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From Las Vegas, I headed towards Santa Fe, NM.  The scenery was exceptional!  Here are a few photos from along the way.

One of the many valleys that adorn New Mexico
One of the many valleys that adorn New Mexico

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Amazing scenery on the way to Santa Fe, NM
Breathtaking scenery on the way to Santa Fe, NM
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There were numerous rock formations like this along the way
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There were also a lot of arid dessert like areas along the way
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The roadways swept through the mountains and hillsides making for some very nice riding!

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My travels included a stop at the historic Nambe Trading Post off Route 503.  It’s one of the last authentic trading posts in the area.  There I met Jennifer Jesse Smith, one of the owners of the shop and a local artist. What a wonderful experience that turned out to be.  Jennifer took the time to show me around the trading post and provided a commentary about the wonderful collection she has at the Trading Post, including numerous authentic native artifacts and an array of fabulous pieces of local art, such as handcrafted jewelry, locally woven native blankets, pottery, paintings and more.  Included in the collection were a number of native costumes made by her mother, Cathy A. Smith, the Emmy award winning designer, made for the movie Dances with Wolves which starred Kevin Costner.  If you are in New Mexico, stopping in at the Nambe Trading Post is a must!  Here are a few photos of what you might find there.

Tee-pee made by Cathy A. Smith for her daughter Jennifer Jesse to play in when she was young girl
Tee-pee made by Cathy A. Smith, Emmy-winning costume designer, for her daughter Jennifer Jesse to play in when she was a little girl
Outside the Nambe Trading Post, NM
The Nambe Trading Post, NM

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Costumes made by Emmy-winning costume designer, Cathy A. Smith for use in the movie, Dances with Wolves
Costumes made by Emmy-winning costume designer, Cathy A. Smith for use in the movie, Dances with Wolves
Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves, wearing one of the costumes designed by Cathy A. Smith, co-owner of the Nambe Trading Post
Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves, wearing one of the costumes designed by Cathy A. Smith, co-owner of the Nambe Trading Post

Here are a few other photos that I found interesting.

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A fence crafted from small branches
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Historic wagon outside of the Nambe Trading Post

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Seen at a local cemetery
Seen at a local cemetery
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The fireplace at my hotel in Santa Fe

My time spent touring around Santa Fe is worthy of its own post…stay tuned for Part 2 of “Culture and the Arts!”

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

3 thoughts on “The Big Ride – Culture and the Arts! (New Mexico)

  1. I’m loving this tour of the southwest! Right now, though, I’m wondering how that fireplace would look in our home 😊. Thanks so much for sharing your journey, Bonnie. I’m really enjoying it!

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  2. It is hard to believe you have already travelled so far and saw so much. You are looking great…keep smiling, I am really enjoying your posts.

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