Typepad has gotten a little too efficient. I thought I was posting a response to a comment, and the system made it a new post, which I can't figure out how to delete. However, I can figure out how to expand what I said, so it makes sense without its original context.
So what I wrote was this: "Pondering that exhibit in Santa Fe. SO tempted. Turns out I need to be at a meeting that's about a third of the way there, and that there *is* a hostel in Santa Fe. It might actually work."
In a series of comments on a previous post, a kind reader told me that there is an exhibit of Toadlena and Two Grey Hills weaving (a specific style of Navajo tapestry and rug weaving) at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe. The exhibit is up through April 17, which is not a whole lot longer. I have likely seen some of the weavings (I've definitely seen the work of a number of the weavers being featured), although it's been more than a decade, so there are probably new pieces. I'd need to check my records, but I think I was in the area in 1997 and 1998. Some of the work that I saw on looms when I visited that part of the Navajo Nation may be in the show. One tapestry in particular that I saw being woven was so exquisite that it seared a permanent image on my brain cells. How wonderful it would be to see those pieces, if they happen to be there, as well as what may be some "old friends" that I saw before—likely, because the sources of the work in the show are the same as the sources of what I saw when I was at Toadlena and Two Grey Hills trading posts.
Going to Santa Fe to see a museum exhibit is not something I would normally do. Yet it's possible, and this is not just any exhibit. The weavers from that area produce exquisite pieces, and are known for using natural-colored Navajo Churro wool.
Yes, I do have a meeting that requires me to do a good chunk of the drive toward Santa Fe. And yes, there is a hostel in Santa Fe that looks clean and is definitely reasonably priced. Weather permitting on the appropriate days, it might actually be possible. . . .