Saturday, July 31, 2010

Firm Retreat to New Mexico

I don't know what's gotten into me; I've had a baaaad case of blogger's ADHD, lately. I'll process the photos for one post, then by the time I get around to writing it, something else interesting has happened and I'll want to post about that, instead...with the result that I don't post anything at all. Perhaps there's something about July; I only managed to eke out a few posts this month last year, as well.

At any rate, I'd promised myself that I'd sit down and write a little something before this month was up - and I've got two hours left of July, so here I am.

We just returned from a lovely trip to Santa Fe for my firm's office retreat. Despite the fact that it rained on us for much of the trip, we had a marvelous time. For four days, the seventeen of us ate, rafted, squelched through the mud, admired New Mexico's finest scenery, talked about how to improve upon our office systems, and ate some more (my firm family loves to eat, too; I was not destined to be skinny). We even got to sneak in a little side trip to see our dear friends Dick & Elizabeth, and I also had what might quite possibly have been the best massage I've ever had (ask for Wanda...she magically made even the most persistent knots in my back disappear - and they are still gone, five days later). It had probably been fifteen years since I'd been to Santa Fe, and I'm already ready to go back.

Here are a few shots from our trip:

One of my favorites, a Hipstamatic shot of the Rio Grande Gorge.

The koi pond at Ten Thousand Waves.

Amazingly tame hummingbirds at Dick & Elizabeth's house. I was just a few inches from these little guys, and they were oblivious (if you want to see a truly gorgeous hummingbird photo, click the "Coyote's Camera" link to the left of this page).

Best thing about New Mexico: the evocative skies, so beautifully framed by the terrain -





The Land of Enchantment, indeed.


  1. Looks positively amazing. I need my company to have a retreat somewhere other than the front parking lot.

  2. Whoa. Looks wonderful!

    And I, too, have bloggers ADHD. I have, literally, a dozen backlogged blogs to process/write, but for the love of Goddess, I just can't! I want to make ice cream and read cookbooks instead. HAH!

    Bad Bloggers Unite! :-D

  3. Your Koi pond photo is awesome!

    Santa Fe looks way cooler than the Pickle Center (site of our last "retreat"). I'm going to suggest it for next time... cause I'm sure the State of Texas would love to pick up the tab for me to visit SF :-)

  4. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Did you get a new camera, Michelle?

  5. Thanks, everyone!

    Jackie, I'd gladly be in any club of bloggers that included you! :)

    Shelley, I highly recomend Santa Fe as a retreat you need me to talk to some people for you? ;)

    Jodi, not yet - still limping along with my old SD800. I'm sold on the S90 and will probably get one this fall sometime if something more exciting hasn't come along by then. Did you find yours?

  6. P.S. Jodi - not sure whether you saw, but the first two photos were taken with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.


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