on 15 March
All four of us knew each other in Southern California. My husband and I moved to Seattle in 2000. One friend still lives there. She flew in to join in the visit to a 4th friend who moved to Las Cruces just a bit after we moved to Seattle. We spent several days together. Since we’ve been a few times before, we did not do a lot of touristy things but just enjoined renewing our friendship.
While they were exploring Old Mesilla, I went to Josephina’s Old Gate Cafe. I was familiar with it from a previous trip and knew what I wanted to sketch. This is courtyard at the back of the cafe. A woman came up to me to look at my sketch. I saw her binoculars and asked whether she knew what the bird was that was calling so loudly. Though she did not, as we talked I learned Gloria is from Bellevue, WA. What a coincidence. She shared that she used to paint and I gave her the info about Urban Sketchers Seattle.
As others rested, I stole a few minutes in the late afternoon to sketch from the front of our hotel. The colors were very muted at that time of day.