New Mexico Saturday

sunset from Llano Quemado

It’s not New Mexico without at least a little sun

A few days ago I was wound tighter than puke, loco, in the clutches of the Christmas monster. Fortunately, that passed, but by Saturday morning, I was overdue to take a hike. I hadn’t walked in several days, and already I could feel my knee-bones start to wander. They have their nerve.

It was a stormy hike: cloudy and windy with spitty little raindrops, then a deluge of graupel that wet the trail just enough to make that sticky mud like bubble gum. I only saw one other person on the trail at Taos Valley Overlook. There was also an older van parked weirdly in the lot, as if they’d driven in at midnight and run the vehicle into an embankment. Probably sleeping off some awful drugs or drunk. The windows were fogged up and I saw blankets. Whatever you do, don’t knock.

That afternoon it snowed, huge flakes the size of money no one recognizes any more. Most of that melted, the temperature being just above the freezing mark. A few minutes before sunset, the sun broke through in the west the way it usually does, and I could take a picture. The road of course is ghastly, and no one gives a damn.

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.  

  • terri December 14, 2015, 7:34 PM

    The sun (out here) DOES usually — 99% — of the time break through at the end of the day if cloudy. I’ve noticed this for years. I wonder if there’s a word for that? It sneaks under the tiny space left before the horizon and pulls off a mini spectacular show of orange on whatever is east of it. I’m so glad someone else notices this.

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