Escarpment Trail

View from Taos Valley Overlook, this time the Escarpment Trail

Sagebrush, junipers, and piñon rolling into the abyss

Another three-and-a-half mile fast hike brought me past this spot. Nifty, eh?

I almost get a sense of the curvature of the Earth from here. That’s the Rio Grande gorge in the background, over 800 feet to the bottom. It’s also where the tectonic plates are pulling apart, as I am fond of pointing out, with the chunk on the far side of the rift heading north.* I don’t know where we’re going on this side, probably nowhere or a little backwards, if tradition holds. When the other piece gets to Colorado, or where Colorado was, maybe it can send for us.

The wind blew so hard on the way back, it knocked me around and made me stumble on the trail. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me. Maybe I was just so far inside my head, my feet got lost. I’d settled into fresh contemplation of a new thing in my mind. It felt so good, I didn’t want to leave.

* Note: please see comments!

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John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

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