Thursday, November 29, 2018
I traveled to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and his wife; my sister Mindy flew in to join us. I drove from Oregon; it was a LONG journey (over 1200 miles each way). I saw some beautiful scenery along the way.
Deer at a wildlife viewing area
WIld burros on the road (near Death Valley)
Colorado River above Lake Mead
We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner.
My brother has always enjoyed model trains. He is creating a model of Telluride in the 1880s; he has meticulously built by hand many railway cars, buildings and other structures. It is still a work in progress, and I enjoyed seeing the wiring and framework of the design.
A highlight was a visit to the Heard Museum of Native American Art. The museum has a wonderful collection of jewelry, pottery, and artifacts.
Mindy and me in the sculpture garden
The special exhibit at the Heard featured Henri Matisse and Eskimo masks. A friend shared several of these masks and photos of native people with Matisse, and the artifacts inspired him to do a series of sketches and drawings. The Matisse works displayed were very different than his famous colorful paintings; they were black and white and very simple. I liked the actual Eskimo masks very much.
Here are a couple of the Matisse drawings; sketches of a young woman (plus the original photo of her).
I'll close with a photo of my sister, brother, and sister-in-law at a restaurant where we had a good meal and stunning views. (Sorry the photo of my family is poorly lit; my siblings are reluctant to pose for photos so I only got this one photo on the final night of my visit)
View from out the window
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!