When we venture south and begin driving east on Route 53, there is
something more than the towering ponderosas, unique rock formations, and
lush green countryside that welcomes us to the El Morro Valley. This
intangible quality is seen in the warm greetings between the wait staff
and diners at the Ancient Way Café, and felt in the sincere interest
locals take in a visitor’s journey to the area. There’s an overwhelming
sense of community and concern that is such a big part of an area only a
few square miles in size.
Mary and Keith's Excellent Adventure!
"We will leave a piece of our hearts
here in El Morro, and we depart with gratitude for our new friends who
provided an experience of coming home to a place that we didn't even know
was home, but in fact, turned out to be just that."
Mary and Keith are a husband and wife team
of Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders,
bringing the gift of laughter and joy to people of all ages & abilities.
"As I wrap up my visits in El Morro,
I can’t help to think how welcoming everyone has been.
This is a community
that truly understands relationships & the importance of cooperation and
collaboration, and they all have a vision to build the community in a
sustainable & entrepreneurial way."
- Jessica explores it all. Her
professional life has taken her down the path of working with nonprofits
primarily in fundraising, but also with small businesses and entrepreneurs
Join us at the Old School Gallery in
October (2011 date to be announced) for a day of
fun as we celebrate the world of fibers. There will be various crafters
demonstrating their skill, & displays of finished work. Come watch the
spinning, knitting, crocheting, basketry, quilting and felting. Try your
hand at some or just visit with the crafters. There will be food &
drinks available with proceeds going to El Morro Area Arts Council.
Questions contact Kate Wilson 783-4704 or the Old School Gallery
Almost never will you
see a dinky little parade marching down lonely Highway 53 out in the
middle of the desert, with the marchers waving 5 huge red & white Polish
flags in the wind, the women dressed as happy Polish peasant maidens,
and everyone smiling and waving profusely at the occasional bewildered
motorist driving by (thinking what the hell was that?)
The gay community is in the
forefront of innovation here. Out-taking, off the grid, they’ve gone a
long way in mastering solar energy, sustainable agriculture,
architecture, local farmers’ markets, organics, etc. Much of the
off-grid community looks to them for advice. They also contribute
voluminously to the local theatre, visual arts, poetry group, and
gastronomic arts. Here they are cherished. Native Americans held the
cross gender in reverence. We can see why.
The enchantment grew as everyone climbed onboard the hay wagons
and we rolled slowly down the ridge through the landscape bathed in the
light of the full moon with song and laughter floating in the air.
If you’re not up for
roughing it, rent our gorgeous, fully-furnished cabin! It has
water, solar lights, 2 bedrooms and loft, 1 bath, and kitchen.
Please call (505) 775-3304 for reservations and pricing.
Hermatige at San Lorenzo Catholic Mission
on Hwy 53,
1/2 Mile East of El
1 1/2 Miles East of El Morro National Monument
Available for anyone who is interested in a week-end or week's stay. Our
Hermitage is an apartment with shower and bathroom facilities, kitchen,
washer/dryer, single bed and couch that opens to a full size bed and a
sun porch. A nights stay is $20.00. You can call Mary Ann McBeathy at (505) 775-3587 for availability.
The hardy, rugged,
individualist, "live & let live" residents of this remote,
high desert community are scattered across 1000+ square miles of enchanted
landscapes, most of us living on our own beautiful, independent homesteads
and acreages. So it is truly unique and amazing how everyone comes
together to create such a closely bonded community, with such a vibrant,
lively, fun-loving, creative social & cultural scene.
What does Ramah and El
Morro Valley have in common with Kerala India, Mount Kilimanjaro, St.
Petersburg Russia, Paris, Machu Picchu Peru, Dublin, Fiji Islands, Venice,
Antartica? . WOW!! It's one of New York Travel's
fifty euphoria-inducing destinations that will make you forget about
crummy weather, bad traffic, and just about anything else.
#50 - Ramah, New Mexico
Frommers.com is an
essential online destination for those planning the
perfect travel excursion.
The Old School Gallery is the
Community Cultural Center & Social Hub in El Morro Valley. Local
folks & Visitors gather here for art shows, potlucks, plays, musicals,
concerts, dances, "open mic" talent night, movie night, workshops,
activity groups, drum circles, celebrations and much more. The Old
School Gallery offers a unique, warm, friendly, fun, creative, inspiring
atmosphere and sense of community that is hard to find in modern day rural
See What's Happening at the
Old School Gallery
Farm Family - In Search of Gay Life in Rural America
a documentary by TJoe Murray
The Wild Sprit Wolf
Sanctuary in Candy Kitchen has a small, close-knit community of
permanent staff, residential volunteers, and local volunteers... who
are also active, contributing members of the El Morro Valley Community
It's the last stop of the day for Rural Bookmobile West, snugged up
against a curb in a corner of the Ramah Post Office parking lot, where a
few customers-to-be wait in their cars protected from looming dark clouds
that smell of rain.
Ramah, population 407, is the busiest of this three-stop day, which saw
the bus-size bookmobile trundling along two-lane blacktops winding through
pinon and juniper hills, an hour's drive or longer from the nearest
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