17. September 2017 · Comments Off on In The Rough · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

Out for a morning constitutional, I spotted a sign with an intriguing name (Radar Station Road!), and then an obviously misplaced spherical object stuck on a hilltop nearby. Locally called “the golf ball”, it is perhaps forever waiting for a sufficiently-sized Colossus to drive it into the Grand Canyon or perhaps shank it toward the pit at Morenci; meanwhile it provides navigational services to bide its time and remain somewhat useful.

In all a nice walk, roughly 1200 feet elevation gain and a gentle incline, so accessible to anyone with a little perseverance and a yen for mountain air.

Along the way, a variety of pinecones, members of the Rudbeckia family, lots of butterflies, and that high-altitude New Mexico blend of scents, invigorating and clearing.

20. April 2009 · Comments Off on This Time For Sure · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,

So we had a relapse, pretty usual in New Mexico for both the weather and –now more understandably– the residents. We went from sunny and 60’s during the early week to blizzard on Friday morning. Even snowed down in Albuquerque. I pulled in late that night and the branches were loaded, prompting old memories of losing power when the snow was heavy like that. Fortunately the clocks were correct and the pellet stove still humming in the morning when the sun woke me up.

We had a big melt and drip on Saturday and Sunday, and warmer temps are predicted. The storm prompted stories of previous late spring snowstorms everywhere I went. Twain was correct, but I think people talk about the weather because they can’t do anything about it.

Here are some photos from the morning after…