On September 11th, I'll turn 60. I haven't looked forward to a birthday like this since I was a little kid, or maybe a young woman, about to turn 21. In July I began trying to figure out how to celebrate. 60 is a watermark, and I wanted to do something special, but what? At first I thought maybe I'd fly to Paris, but that was prohibitively expensive. Alex suggested I go to Santa Fe.
"Not Santa Fe!" I said grumpily, "I don't want to go to Santa Fe!"
"But you talk about retiring there," Alex said, quite reasonably.
As usual, she had a point. I looked at Santa Fe online and remembered why I love New Mexico. It's not called Land of Enchantment for nothing. There's something about the air and the light....
"Santa Fe it is!" I told Alex, who laughed. If I'm going to Santa Fe, there's one place to stay: LaFonda. I immediately subscribed to their newsletter, and shortly thereafter, I received notice of a couple of special rate sales this fall: to my dismay, when I clicked on the site, everything around my birthday was already booked. It didn't take much thinking to realize that I'd be quite as happy staying just a short distance from Santa Fe, at Taos. One of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen, San Francisco de Asis, is in Taos. Mabel Dodge Luhan went to Taos, and D.H. Lawrence not only visited her there but is buried there.
Temperatures in September are in the 70's during the day, dropping down to the 40's at night. I've booked a room with a working fireplace in a beautiful B&B, here. It's a 12 hour drive, so I'm leaving very, very early Thursday morning.