Walking the Land

Taos Valley Overlook scene

Walked about three miles. Saw one lady with a dog.

Sixty degrees today at Taos Valley Overlook and a semi-dry path. Who could resist? I noticed on the way out that my ’87 Ford F-150 was almost impossible to shift. Maybe the hydraulic clutch just needs a little fluid. Oh, sure. Has that ever fixed anything? “Here, lemme just top this off”… I used to do that at the gas pump. A stupid little game I played, rounding up the amount owed. Had gasoline overflow the filler pipe with that one, chilluns. Splashed all over the place, too.

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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.  

  • Mary Martin February 11, 2015, 6:49 AM

    John, are these trails that you walk on public ground? They look maintained but it probably takes a long time for the vegetation to creep back in. I was just curious because you mention going for a long walks and I was wondering if there was a system of trails. Do animals also use them?

    • JHF February 11, 2015, 7:52 AM

      In the past, I’ve walked places near our present house that are on private land. But these days, yes, only public trails. There are far more here that I could ever cover in a single lifetime.

      You’re right about how long it takes for trails to disappear. In this climate, they can last a very long time indeed. Here’s a trail map for Taos Valley Overlook. There are many times more places to walk on trails in the national forests. And yes, animals use them occasionally, judging from the tracks.

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