Adventure

Looking East from Nowhere Human

road in southern Colorado

Very quiet here

Except for the county road and scratched-out dreams below the far horizon, this is straight high desert. I don’t know whether it qualifies as wilderness, but one could die here, be absorbed with no more karmic weight than dirt, and the Earth would never miss you. So yes, another image from my birthday trip. Compare [...]

Wild Ride V

back road in Costilla County, Colorado

Don’t worry, I’ve got my AAA card

Now that is the way a back road is supposed to look. At this point I was technically lost. Even if I weren’t, though, how would anybody tell? We’re heading due west here. I intended to hook a right somewhere and zig-zag northwest to meet US 285 at Manassa, boyhood home of no less than [...]

Wild Ride IV

inside the San Luis Valley Brewing Company in Alamosa, CO

Had to park six spaces from the door at lunchtime, dang it

The best thing about visiting Alamosa (CO) is that it’s an actual town with reasons to exist that don’t depend on tourists, like Taos was when there were stores for locals on the Plaza. Railroad tracks, the Rio Grande, and Adams State University may have something to do with anchoring the place. I saw kids [...]

Wild Ride III

Southern Colorado ruin

Southern Colorado for dummies. The mountains in the background are New Mexico.

My August 9th birthday trip was the best thing I’ve done in years, totally screaming true-to-myself. I picked roads that scared my wife, but hey, she came, and marveled with me at the staggering vastness. She’s tough. I’m tough. We’re all tough. I drove right past this thing. She said, “You ought to take a [...]

Gorge Porn Cultural History Tour

Slide Trail, Taos Valley Overlook

Onward to the rim!

The tableful of troopers watched us while we had a nervous meal and tried not to look back. When we were finished, I was last to pay and saw the state cops laugh, then two of them got up and started walking to the door.

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