Saturday at 3:02 P.M.

Rio Grande view

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

This spot is only about half a mile down the trail. Of course you’ve seen this view before. It’s always different, though, and alters my consciousness every time. The air on Saturday was so clean and cool (about 16°C/60°F), it burned my throat. We went three miles, and that was plenty—funny how it sometimes is and sometimes isn’t. But we were pumped for hours afterwards. Just knowing that you did the thing can make you come alive and whoop.

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.  

  • Garrett November 14, 2017, 2:05 AM

    Love the post hike pump! Just think it will be 70 degrees today! As a skier I worry about the snow, but I’m thinking a nice hike is mandatory. Maybe Williams Lake. Any suggestions to enjoy this crazy weather! Living in paradise does have its advantages, along with many challenges.

    • JHF November 15, 2017, 12:05 AM

      Where’d you go?

      • garrett phipps November 15, 2017, 6:10 AM

        I must confess that I didn’t go for the massive hike I was contemplating, but instead went horizontal at the north rim loop, which was just what I needed. It was funny when my 6 mo old puppy got a clear view of the vertical drop, he sat transfixed for a couple minutes. May be anthropomorpic, but it seemed as if he was contemplating the sublime beauty.

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