Southwest Interlude — pat morss

We are just back from a week in the Southwest, with family in the small town of Ridgway, Colorado, and a side trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. My sister and family moved west in the 1970s and became successful ranchers, as well as advocates for local culture and preservation. I post these photographs here, because I see connections with our values on Cape Ann.

Gloucester has “Zeke’s Place” for breakfast (today), in the historic Bulfinch Bldg.
Ridgway has “Kate’s Place” for breakfast, behind a western storefront
My sister’s Double-D ranch with mountains and cattle rather than ocean and fishing boats
My 1974 photo of Ridgway, used as a movie set for “True Grit” with John Wayne, before our “The Perfect Storm”
My sister built new in 1985, including The True Grit Cafe at the right
It’s great to see “The Grit” is still enjoyed by locals
The bartender showed us photos on her cell phone of mountain lions she saw the previous evening
We have deer. Telluride (ski town near Ridgway) has elk
Like Cape Ann, artists cherish the quality of light and early fall foliage, here on Red Mtn Pass, toward Santa Fe
Santa Fe is full of galleries, here Rebecca Tobey’s mountain lion at Ventana
I got the better of this elk (tenderloin) at the elegant Geronimo Restaurant on Canyon Road

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