Homeland of the Heart

Looking west from behind the Brazos Cliffs

Approximately 10,202 ft where I took this shot, according to the iPad

Gaze long above and feel the cold air hit you from the west! You may need to go sit in the car or get another layer. (That’s okay, my wife did both.)

The photo is the truth. So much else is not! Those huge rocks on the right are the backside of the Brazos Cliffs, so huge you’d run right off the road if you could see—fortunately not visible from this point on US 64, 3,000 ft above Tierra Amarilla (a place you ought to know about).

I’m in a better place now, and these experiences help. It’s easier to find time to write because I’ve discovered that I’m valuable and have a life. That’s all it took, and bam, I’m not reading all the news or opening my Twitter app as much.

Automatic, like the wind.

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  • Marti Fenton Whitedeersong June 2, 2014, 5:04 PM

    It’s been years since I’ve viewed that scene–used to stop at that point each time we went to Chama. PQ’s folks Joe and Frances Suazo had friends on the Mescalero reservation and back in the day went there several times a year. I notice the leaves are not out yet at that elevation. In the winter you can’t see over the wall of snow.

    • JHF June 2, 2014, 6:53 PM

      Yep, yep, all true. I appreciate the personal note. There’s a shrine of some sort thereabouts now. I have pictures. Very moving.



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