some pencil, some pens, some colored pencils. SOME SKETCHES.
During our 2nd trip to Santa Fe in 2006, we spent a day driving along the Turquoise Trail aka Hwy 14 in New Mexico. The Turquoise Trail is aptly named as the area was/is rich in turquoise. Two years earlier we had taken this road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, and discovered a really cool cemetery in Madrid and a petting zoo in Cerillos.
On this 2nd trip to Cerillos, the weather was cold and stormy but we weren’t deterred. Driving through town it was just as incredible as we remembered it - a town seemingly on the verge of Ghost Town status. Not a soul to be seen anywhere. Dirt roads. Dilapidated buildings. Plants overtaking man-made structures. The petting zoo was open - we were able to say hello to the Llama, and Shannon was very happy. The petting zoo is located on the edge of a scenic canyon that looks northwest and not a house to be seen for as far as you can see. Very nice.
Driving out of Cerillos, we took our time exploring each wonderful street. It just began to rain when we discovered Mary’s Bar. The sign said “open” but nothing else about the Bar said it was open. The storm was beginning to roll in on top of us, so it was dark - and there didn’t seem to be any lights on in Mary’s Bar. We stopped the car right in front, Mike got out and went to see if they were indeed open. We watched him as he slowly pulled open the old wooden screen and then try the door knob… the door opened and he went in. He was in there for at least 10 minutes before coming back out to see if we could make change for a ten dollar bill. We could, and he returned to the bar.
Mike’s sister, Jo, Shannon, and myself were really content to sit in the warm car and wait for him to return, which he did about 15 minutes later.
Mary, Mike told us, was in her late 80’s. The bar was named after her, by her father. She had the lights off to save on the power bill. She asked Mike to change a ten because earlier in the day she wasn’t able to make change for a customer who wanted to buy a cold drink. Mary apologized to Mike for the mess in the bar, but explained her daughter had just moved in with her. She was very sweet.
Cerillos is where they filmed Young Guns as well as many other western films - and the Petting Zoo is really fun - but if you’re ever in Cerillos, go have a drink at Mary’s Bar, but be sure to bring small bills.
So yesterday morning I’m reading the Salt Lake Tribune while my wife gets our 12 children ready for school*, when I come across a news story that made me spit out my Postum all over our faux granite counter top:
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