Getting on/off coach; traveling 150 miles over the course of the day; optional hikes of up to 3 miles roundtrip with some elevation gains at Ghost Ranch.
After breakfast, we'll board our coach and travel 60 miles north to the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center. Georgia O'Keeffe's first home in New Mexico was located on the ranch property. The ranch is now a retreat operated by the Presbyterian church, which maintains three small museums on site and also several hiking trails into the red-rock country that O'Keeffe's paintings made famous. While her original home is now in private hands and not open to visitors, we will have the opportunity to see the landscape that so enchanted O'Keeffe that she moved permanently to the area.
At the Ghost Ranch cafeteria, enjoy a buffet with salad, an entrée, and dessert, plus water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
After lunch, we'll depart for Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs where we'll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore, soak, hike or walk the Resort's labyrinth. (Please bring a swimsuit and flip-flops if you intend to soak.) If you would like to schedule a spa treatment on your own, please call the resort ahead of time (800-222-9162) and schedule your treatment starting no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and ending by 5:00 p.m. The coach departs for Pojoaque, NM, at 5:30 p.m.
On our way back to Santa Fe, we'll dine at Gabriel's, a lovely restaurant in Pojoaque. We’ll order off the menu, which includes a number of starters, soups, salads, entrées and desserts. Coffee, tea and water included; additional beverages available for purchase.
Once back in Santa Fe, we'll have the rest of the evening at leisure to explore some of Santa Fe's nightlife, get to know our fellow participants, or relax at the hotel.