New Mexico

I'm in Angle Fire, New Mexico, headed toward Santa Fe.  If you are anywhere near by and you want to meet up or you just want to talk to me for any reason you can call or email.  (  415.200.8201) I will keep checking email but my hopes of having a mobile hotspot were highly optimistic.  I ended up cancelling the service because it only worked in places where I had internet access anyway, like my house in Oakland.  Like everything tech, it will work eventually I'm sure.  The phone works pretty well for text and calls, if I'm near a town or a grand vista.

I also had a ton of stuff to do before I left Oakland, so I didn't have the mind for writing.  But I'm sure my mind will come back.  At least I'm optimistic.

Here is a quick update.  We, my wife Sarah and I, left on the 15th of May and promptly had to deal with lingering problems...the world just doesn't want to let go of us!  But we saw a lot of rabbits and an amazing jumping coyote stopping overnight on the way to LA.  A few days later we were in St. George UT.  We went backpacking in Bryce Canyon.  It was great, but I hurt my knee.  Old injury coming back to haunt me 8 years later.  There were some dry camps on our 6 day hike so I was carrying water for two days, plus most of Sarah's, and that was probably too much.

From there we rocked all over the Utah desert for a few days, wow.  Then we went to Durango, CO, where we stayed with a friend of Sarah's in a big Styrofoam house he built himself out on an open plateau.  Chill time.  But the first day in Durango I met up with Susan Mathews in the morning and Mike Sigman in the afternoon.  Blog posts on that to follow soon.

Then we went straight to Angle Fire where Sarah is doing a one month Tibetan Buddhist retreat in a cabin in the mountains all by herself!  After I said good-bye, I headed up to The Valle Vidal for about a week, but honestly I lost track of time.  So much wildlife.  60 Buffalo, 10 of them babies.  I watched them drinking milk, and splashing it all around...that's what I would probably do too.  The elk were having babies too, I saw about 40.  A bear, coyotes, rabbits, antelope... and lots of just hanging around.  I read Fire Season , which is excellent (thanks Tom!).  I also read Blood Meridian , it is nature writing as imagined in 1849 by folks at war with the Indians.  Dark stuff, very entertaining.

Anyway, I'm headed to some hot springs, my knee is getting better but it still ain't right.