This is the second Good Friday we have made the trek into El Santuario de Chimayo. We parked along Santa Cruz Road and walked through Chimayo into the Santuario. We aren't your typical Santuario "pilgrims." We are watchers from Albuquerque - we take pictures, stroll along the roadway and take in the beauty of the rituals involved. It would be pretentious for us to even include ourselves in with the faith driven pilgrims who come the distance. These people amaze us.
The cultural diversity of the Pilgrims that descend upon the Santuario is classicly New Mexican - a culturally diverse human rainbow.
It was a humble walk to Santuario.
The street was lined with fruit trees and flowering bushes.
An old truck neighbored by flowers.
A gathering of the faithful.
Hand crafted crosses made the trek.
Artisan walking sticks.
David Young carried a walking stick hand crafted by his Father, Reuben Young.
Remembrances of the dearly departed.