Travels in a Very Large Landscape

We set out on the back roads, crossing the Great Wide Open.

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Oh New Mexico. She looks like nothing much, but is everything.

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Pick a road, and it will take you beyond where you thought there was to go. So we just kept going.

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80 miles of dirt road, skirting mountains that look like smudges from the distance, but are filled with hidden mountain things. Crossing in and over, around.
IMG_0558Some folks say they prefer a place colored green. I say, I’ll take this glory.
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I’ll take these long hidden roads, and the places they lead to.
IMG_0572 I’ll find my way with the ragged map, the poems that tell old stories, the brightly dressed children like flowers in the dry land. IMG_0582We’ll make camp far from anywhere. Call the long grasses, the stone crags, the dark mountains and thirsty junipers home.IMG_0681For it is.