Cerrillos to Canyon Road
Architecture and art, piñon smoke and the quiet air, these are some of the things that make Santa Fe so special. Things I love about this town: the way adobe absorbs the sunlight; the patio and coffee at Garcia Street Books; not a single straight road or wall anywhere; art galleries all over the place; mountains always around; coyote fences; farolitos; history; that it's too cute but it captures my imagination; pedestrian- and dog-friendly; the farmer's market; the plaza; the fiestas; the spiritual seekers; the Spanish; the sculpture garden off Canyon Road; the maze of alleys and patios and low crumbling buildings; the statue of a Mohawk woman dressed in southwest turquoise who has been sainted by the Catholic church*; when water is flowing in the Santa Fe river; the street names; the pine trees; that I still know my way around; meeting friends for lunch at Tune-Up.
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Length: 5 km
Companions: met Martha at Garcia St. Books
Date: 30 October, 2022
*"St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 21, 2012. She is the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans."
From my hotel to the conference every morning. Two things I've been appreciating these mornings: how quickly we establish daily routes, and how walkers can go anywhere - over curbs and small fences, short cuts, wrong ways, one ways, desire paths, trespassing - on foot there's always a way.
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Length: 1 km
Date: 28 October, 2022
Sandra Cowan likes to walk on trails, paths, and city streets. She is based in southern Alberta, Canada, a visitor in the land of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy).