When it’s 95,000 degrees in the desert and you’re camping without electricity, survival techniques can take a weird turn. Like driving a scenic loop on washboard gravel for three hours mostly so you can blast the air-conditioning as you cruise along at 15 mph. Well, that was my strategy last week. You might pick a different one.
Of all the state park campgrounds in New Mexico, this one is my favorite. It’s been two years since I was here and things have not changed one iota. And I am totally fine with that. It’s exactly what I expected, and all I needed.
My mom would have been 90 years old today. When my dad turned 90, we threw a big party. But my mom died in 2007, so instead, I’ll honor her my own way, with photos and words.
For all the time I’ve spent in deserts over the last five years, I’ve never actually witnessed the coming of Spring. This winter in the southwestern desert has been fierce cold winds, freezing nights, and brilliant blue skies between dust storms. I’ve gotten used to seeing brown mesas, weathered bushes bare of leaves or blooms, and dead branches bleached white by the sun.
A few months ago, I started looking at the ideas I had for traveling around in 2022. And that’s when I realized my ideas weren’t going to work, it was just too much driving and too many miles, and so I started thinking how to change things to do less of both.