Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Days 88 and 90 – New Mexico


New Mexico, like west Texas was a surprise. I was unprepared for the beauty of the vast, open spaces. Something about the stillness and rugged stoicism really captivated me. I was able to dodge rain storms by simply looking at where the dark clouds were headed. The high altitude had a profound effect on the [...]


New Mexico, like west Texas was a surprise. I was unprepared for the beauty of the vast, open spaces. Something about the stillness and rugged stoicism really captivated me. I was able to dodge rain storms by simply looking at where the dark clouds were headed. The high altitude had a profound effect on the light, everything felt clearer, lighter, more detailed. I will definitely return here soon, perhaps on a spring tour of the desert next year.

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North of Santa Fe is the little town of Taos. I stop at the Dragonfly Cafe for breakfast. They aren’t open yet but very graciously sell me some coffee and pastries anyways. The one condition was that I not sit out front and eat it. If I did, people would think they were open and mob the place. Apparently it is a favorite restaurant for the locals.
North of town a bridge crosses the Rio Grande. The little river is now at the bottom of a vast gorge, made tectonically from a crack in the earth, rather than erosion. On the far side if the bridge I spot a strange and wonderful structure and stop to investigate.

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The organic building is Earthship One, a sustainable home made from recycled and local materials. There is a huge community of earthships in this area, at least 20 that I could see from the road. The original model is now an information and visitor center. I talked with Darrel, and intern from Canada. He had just arrived, ready to learn how to build these structures. This definitely gave me some ideas. I have been wanting to build my own home for years now and to creat one that needs little or no support from the grid is very appealing.

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