Here’s a fortune I wrote for a friend recently. I should have kept it for myself – the Hondo Valley is one of my favorite places!
For good fortune in 2011, take a weekend off and go to the Hondo Valley for some art and outlaws. Don’t go before April 1st, because you absolutely don’t want to miss a visit to my friend Hondo and Alice’s Iris Farm (http://hondoirisfarm.com), where you’ll walk through an iris garden with over 600 varieties of iris. Plan to visit the Iris Farm Gallery and buy yourself a gift, preferably a menopause key chain designed by Alice herself. Ask Alice how she knew she was an artist, and remind yourself that you too have an artist deep within you. If you haven’t given your artistic self a voice, think about what you’d like to say when you do.
Make a reservation to stay at one of the Sentinel Ranch Guest Homes http://bit.ly/hf9dtW – see if you can stay in one of the casitas at the Wyeth House or in the Apple House. Before you check in, stroll through the Hurd/Wyeth Rinconada Gallery. Buy yourself a print of the Eve of St. John, one of the best Peter Hurd prints ever. Read about the love story of Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, two artists who found one another while he was studying under her father’s watchful eye.
Have dinner at The Tinnie Silver Dollar (http://www.tinniesilverdollar.com/) , where you can have a great steak, admire the building built in 1909, and know that all profits from your meal are going to the Second Chance Boys Ranch. Eat, drink and feel good about your contribution to society.
On your second day in the Valley, travel to Lincoln to visit the home of our most celebrated outlaw, Billy the Kid. Wander the streets, go into the Murphy Dolan Store, find yourself standing where outlaws from both sides (depending on your point of view) took shots at and sometimes actually hit one another. Read about the Lincoln County War. Visit the jail where the Kid made his break for freedom.
Remember that life gives you choices, and that you have all the tools at hand to find the artist in yourself. If you’re feeling a little outlawish, celebrate that, and find a worthy cause that can make good use of your wilder nature. Maybe the Second Chance Boys Ranch could use your talent. Let 2011 be the year that you discover your very best assets and show them to the world.