Didn’t Want to Come Back

2007 Pontiac Vibe

After Bobcat Pass on the way to Eagle Nest

Quite spontaneously, we both decided Thursday morning that the time had come for a trip around the Enchanted Circle to see the changing leaves. It was simply marvelous. I don’t have pictures of the most shocking views because they opened up on narrow curves around nine thousand feet. What the hell, you have to be there. The air’s so clear, the sun’s so bright, the colors are electric. Maybe not in this shot with the faithful Vibe under light-diffusing clouds, but trust me. We needed this. I swear, Taos is the wall you beat your head against. (And yet the angels led me here.) When we were almost home, my wife thanked me for my driving and said, “The only thing is, you came back too soon.”

I knew what she meant. I didn’t want to come back to town at all. It’s always like that when I’m in the mountains. It’s so sad to literally descend. But this was different. I didn’t just want to be in the mountains, I wanted to keep on going. The drug of leave-it-all-behind. What a fellow wants is ease. Just a hint can be uplifting. What would it feel like, how would we create?

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.  

  • Rita September 30, 2016, 12:24 AM

    Ah. You are feeling the Ascension. Cool.

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