What I Saw at 8:00 A.M.

balloon in the Rio Grande Gorge

Just south of the John Dunn Bridge near Arroyo Hondo on the Rio Grande

Okay, sure, just what you’d expect to find at the bottom of a gorge. They’d actually just touched the water with the basket, but I didn’t get my camera out in time. A little farther up the road from where I shot this, I saw the flat place where they launch these things. You would not believe the road that takes you there. No way could a balloon ride be more scary! I figure by the time the customers reach the launching point, even the most acrophobic leap on board in gratitude.

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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.  

  • bethie November 5, 2013, 9:12 PM

    you are inspiring me to write again. xo hi to Kathy!

    • JHF November 5, 2013, 10:59 PM

      Why thank you, Beth! You ought to write. That stuff you put down years ago had more life than whatever I was whining about, and just think about the crazy shit that’s gone down since.

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