Late Spring in the Boonies

high desert south of Taos, NM

Can’t get over how green it looks, and with hardly any rain

Behold The Terrible High Desert™ in all its horror, eh? Give me a place like this and we’re in business, but it hasn’t happened yet. Our buyer’s agent keeps sending me listings for houses in the sagebrush—there’s plenty in this view—and I just can’t relate. Rocks and hills and arroyos to explore is quite the other animal. This is of course a teeny-tiny little piece of the 2,580-acre BLM-managed Taos Valley Overlook area where I go hiking, and you’d have to work to find much fault. I walked five miles here yesterday and met another person, for example. Maybe we should sign up in advance for certain slots so no one else will have to suffer.

As noted in the title, we are plunging into June. Less than a week ago, I was building morning and evening wood stove fires, then all of a sudden, it got warm. Upper eighties today! It’s like a miracle to sit outside and not be cold.

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  • Mike Walsh June 3, 2014, 6:33 PM I like the cabin at 129K but it is sold. She gets lots of them though.

    • JHF June 3, 2014, 7:04 PM

      Hey Mike! Have you been to Mora County? It’s beautiful, all right. Inexpensive, too, and lots greener than here.

  • Mike Walsh June 3, 2014, 11:20 PM

    Nope but all the pics I have seen has impressed me. Did you check out that cabin for 129K. I thought that was ideal too. I bet that Christmas Canyon is nice. They even have a lake. Looks like a poor mans Eagles Nest.



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