Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chocolate Covered Santa Fe Trail

Chocolate doesn't make the world go 'round, but it sure does make the trip worthwhile!

Who knew the Santa Fe Trail was chocolate covered and so delightfully yummy! But based on one of those brochures from the hotel lobby, we set out to find the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail....Home of the Territory's finest chocolatiers. With a little maneuvering we wound our way to an amazing little gem called The Chocolatesmith. Finding this place is so totally worth the effort.

They specialize in gourmet dark chocolate with signature creations that combine organic and local ingredients with a southwestern flair.

We spent nearly an hour in this tastefully decorated little shop, inhaling the aroma and sampling the chocolates. The aroma of top quality dark chocolate induces the giddiness of....well, a kid in a candy store.

My favorite selection wasn't chocolate at all, but the white chocolate lemon lavender bark....the tangerine cream bark was also fantastic and oh,...the Don Juan Pecan, a buttery caramel and roasted pecans dipped in dark chocolate, is worth the drive to Santa Fe!

Their website is full of tempting chocolates like rosemary marcona almond chocolates, white chocolate mimosa chocolates, lemon poppy seed cranberry barks and so much more.

I have always loved Santa Fe and now there is one more reason to make the trip!

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell,
and I understood more than I saw; ~Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks

The view, driving north from Santa Fe, New Mexico towards Colorado, on Interstate 25 is one of the rolling prairie. This time of year the grass and flowers have not yet awakened from their winter slumber, so the prairie sports the many shades of gold, rust and brown.

As we drive along, we eagerly look for all signs of life through this stretch of road and generally anticipate seeing the bands of Pronghorn antelope that dot the open space. This day, however, the wind came at us from the west, whipping along at 30-40 mph, darkening the sky with dust, while even stronger gusts hurled sand and debris, along with flocks of tumbleweeds, across the highway.

Thinking it was miserable day to be outside, we decided the antelope would be hunkered down, seeking what little shelter they could find behind a hill somewhere....

But, instead, there they were, magnificent creatures that they are, calmly grazing, seemingly without a care in the world. They were not railing against the wind or, as far as I could tell, complaining in any way, that it was ruining their meal, much less their entire day....

Hmmmmm, does anyone else see an "aha moment" in there, somewhere....

The message I took away from that scene was that the chaos of the world outside of us (things we have no control over) need not disturb the peace inside of us.

We can't anticipate what any day will hold for us, we can only work on how we will respond to what occurs....

I am grateful to the antelope for sharing their message with me....I will draw peace from this image, always.

And....I'm making a conscious effort to follow their example so, I too, can make peace with the wind!