The gardens at El Charco del Ingenio are a unique, high-desert environment. With a canyon, an old dammed reservoir, and the ruins of an old watermill, there is much to look at and enjoy in addition to the desert flora and fauna. Cacti and succulents are common here. And there are still wildflowers in blossom on the grounds and in the neighboring areas. There is a special place honoring the Dalai Lama's visit, during which he declared the Jardin Botanica El Charco a place of peace. And it is true that the "feel" of the grounds is peaceful and calm.
We'll be going up to Charco tomorrow morning to set up the classroom and collect some specimens for our classes to draw. At some point I plan to hike some of the trails there. Both Marj and I are planning to do sketching and painting while we're here in San Miguel. There are inspiring subjects every way you look.