Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Mexico, July 8-11

This past week Ulisses had an Army training in Santa Fe (check out the picture of my handsome soldier)...and I was more than happy to be able to tag along with him. While he was at his training from 8:00-4:00, I was sleeping in late, reading books and shopping. Every afternoon we explored down town Santa Fe which is an area rich in history and artistry. Our first day there, we visited the Loretto Academy of Our Lady of Light, which has the famous staircase that was built by an mysterious man in 1852. As the story goes, the sisters of Loretto needed a staircase that led to the choir balcony built and were told that it couldn't be accomplished without taking up too much of the floor room. So, being of great faith, they prayed a novena to Saint Joseph and received an answer to prayer. A mysterious man, whose name is unknown, shows up on a donkey and offers to build the staircase. He builds the impossible... a circular staircase that makes two complete 360 degree turns and contains 33 for each year of Jesus's life. Also wooden pegs, rather than nails, were used in this beautiful masterpiece. After his work is completed the man leaves unannounced and without pay. This an account of a true miracle...that of which the physical reminder remains. It is proof that miracles have and do happen still...and that God honors faith...and without a doubt sent an angel to the sisters of Loretto to build them their staircase.
We also visited the beautiful Catherdral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and heard the Santa Fe Desert Chorale perform. It was awesome.
The next day, totally by chance, we entered the Zuger Galerie, which houses sculptures by Gib Singleton. Gib is famous for creating the Fourteen Stations of The Cross in bronze. He is also the artist who designed the crucifix carried by the late Pope John Paul II and is now carried by Pope Benedict XVI.
We also visited the Palace of the Governors, which is the oldest seat of goverment in the United States, many art galeries and shops. There was also a music festival going on and so everynight we'd go hear the music at the plaza... we saw many excentric was a unique experience. Ulisses and I also ate a different local restaurant every night and really enjoyed the food and locally brewed beer.
The last day we were there we visited Sandia Peak in Alburquerque. We rode the world's longest tramway at over 10,000 feet. The view from the top was beyond felt like you were in the clouds. Later on that evening we flew back to Midland and arrived tired but satisfied from our trip... we saw much and experienced much together. Above are some pictures from our trip.

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