Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christ in the Desert - Abiquiu'

Yesterday started out sunny and beautiful so we traveled over to Christ in the Desert - a Benedictine Monastery. Its at the end of a 13 mile Forest Service road in a beautiful valley. They brew beer, raise bees and sell honey and do a number of other things to produce income.
We were in time to attend a short service in the chapel, then wandered around and enjoyed the beauty and silence. After quite a while in the gift shop we spent a little time with a Brother from Mexico who showed us around a bit. A wonderful place and it has a guest house so perhaps we can come back and stay for awhile.
I took quite a few photos (what's new about that?) so will be sharing them over the next few days. Here's a starter bunch..

We crossed the Rio Grande just outside of Taos and looked down into the gorge.

An old schoolhouse on our way.

Spectacular country - bentonite hills and all colors of sandstone.


The Chapel

Inside the chapel the monks are leaving after the service.

The chapel structure is straw bale.

Three crosses on top of the mountain.

Looking back toward the chapel, gift shop on right, monastery housing is on the left behind the wall. Graveyard is at front right.

Looking out from the gift shop the views are inspiring.

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