Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Mexico in Photos - Part 1

This is my sister, Caroline. She moved to New Mexico with her boyfriend Drew (a park ranger at Navajo Lake State Park) and their dog, Macy, a year ago so I figured it was time to pay them a visit and get acquainted with their new home in The Land of Enchantment. As it turns out, both my brother and my father were able to join us, too, and the vacation became a mini-family reunion but without our mom and Chris because they weren't able to get the time off from work. So this post is dedicated to them: for Mami and Chris - we missed you.

Caroline and Drew practically live in the park so they don't deal with much noise, traffic, or neighbors; just the mesas enveloping them on all sides, like an elevated moat to their castle. Most of the people that do live there are oil and natural gas workers, other park rangers, and seasonal fly fishers who flock to the San Juan River in search of trout. Spring and summer bring an influx of campers but the other half of the year the park is pretty isolated. 

Living in such a rural area may sound lonely but it's nice to be able to step outside of your home and see unobstructed natural views. There's a feeling of privacy, of peace, and of independence when you live an in area without much population. You could probably garden naked if you wanted to but the sun is so strong and unfiltered that if you don't cover up and use sunscreen you'll easily get burned and I can't imagine how painful and inconvenient having a sun burnt ass would be.

*My sister spray painted discarded tires and used them as planters - something she learned from our trip to Colombia.

As is the case in most desert-like regions, the days are hot but the evenings are cool, which makes having drinks and dinner in the backyard a pleasant meal.

*Fun Fact: Both my dad and Drew studied Entomology

Another benefit to living among the vast spaces of the west, like New Mexico, is all the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land available for enjoyment to the public. This means that we could wake up early, eat breakfast, and walk out the door and explore any of the wide open land surrounding Caroline's home without fear of trespassing on private property. Which is what we did most days.

*Don't forget to protect your skin from the sun and the dry heat...knees excluded.
*Small sections of BLM land are leased off for use by oil companies. Not that anyone seems to care.
*Do you see the Horned Lizard?
*I guess on public land you can erect zip lines.

And yet another perk to living so close to a National Park is having access to it any day of the week, which is particularly nice during the hot summer because of the refreshing powers of the San Juan River and Navajo Lake. 

*Refreshed, reinvigorated!
*It may look shallow but the lake can reach a depth of 400 feet - think of it as a huge Ferris wheel completely submerged under water, or a building with 44 floors.

And as a reminder as to why New Mexico is known as The Land of Enchantment, each day culminated in a fiery, spellbinding sunset. 

On the next post my brother, James, makes his appearance. Hope you'll stop by again and, as always, thanks for reading. 


Anonymous said...

What a great trip! I look forward to the next posts.

Anonymous said...

Awwww! Thank you! Nanita for this beautiful post and for dedicating it to me. I mised all of you too!, but I'm very happy that you kids and papi had this wonderful opportunity to get together. I know how happy and proud your dad is around all of you, and that makes me happy.
: )