|snow light on the santa fe railtrail ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel ~ 6 x 6 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler|
That’s how long I’d lived here in Santa Fe before stepping foot onto the Rail Trail.
Chalk it up to ignorance. Though I drove passed the paved pathway wending through town nearly daily, it never occurred to me that the trail might stretch unpaved beyond the urban sprawl. But it does just that, for some 12 miles or more, south toward Lamy, across the sage and pinon pocked mesas.
Now I’m grateful to find myself out there at least once a week with my running partner — the other half of Team Tortoise — stretching our legs with the coyotes. It’s glorious.
Here, two recent paintings of two different views of the Rail Trail in December snow.
|dropping down on the santa fe railtrail ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel ~ 6 x 6 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler|