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Albuquerque is magnificent at sunset.  As you approach the city from the west, the plain stretches out before the city and the volcanic mountains stand behind it.  Everything is bathed in shades of pink, purple and orange.  I just wanted to soak it in.

I made a detour to Santa Fe.  Such an old city.  I love the adobe buildings.  There was still snow on the mountains around the town.  In spite of the touristy nature of the shops and vendors on the plaza, there was a very peaceful air about the place.  Of course, its being a Tuesday probably had something to do with it...  I couldn't resist browsing a used bookstore just off the plaza.  There was a tree full of bees in the front of the store, and the rest of the yard was covered in irises.  There is nothing quite like the smell and feel of old books.  I got a 1897 edition of The Country of the Pointed Firs.  I love Sarah Orne Jewett.  She evokes a sense of place, and the profound effects of place on the identities of those who live there.  Anyway....

Stopped in OK overnight and headed on through AR today.  There is extensive flooding in Arkansas.  Parts of I-40 have been closed due to flood waters over the highway.  Quite a contrast to all the dry I've been living in, and the dry fanning the flames in TX.  A big chunk of metal in the left lane outside of Little Rock took out one of my tires resulting in a 3 hour layover, 2 of which were spent on the side of the road.  I was just grateful that if I had a flat it was in a metropolitan area rather than the Mojave or something.  Just part of the adventure. 

The closer I get to home, the longer the road seems to get.  I can't quite squelch the swirling thoughts of all the crap I have to do once I get back and resume my responsibilities.  Makes me wanna keep on driving...



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May. 5th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
I have kept your posts in my inbox so I can keep reading them! I have felt the dry heat and the gritty winds along with you and even looked out at the Pacific ocean. Thank you for painting such vivid scenes...it's almost as if you've posted pictures along with your narrative.

I'm not so keen now you're found the rain...and a lot of it!! I also sense the general malaise that has settled on your shoulders as you approach home and the responsibilities of your life... But: if it wasn't for your home and work would you have experienced your wonderful journey of discovery and the re-discovery of dear memories?

Thank you for telling the tale and keeping me enthralled...I suppose if you ever wanted a change of job you could become a travel writer...people would surely visit anywhere when they read your travelogues!

May. 7th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
It means alot to me that you've read my little snapshots. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for your encouragement!
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