To think I once did this drive more often. Not that I’m totally into 220+ miles, but now I’m getting ideas as I decompress, like the old days!
The late afternoon sky, as it fades into sunset and dusk, is perfect.
7/17/2014, business trip to work with my project team in the City Different –
Over a century before the capitol of my new state home claimed it has the largest chile roasting event (ha!), that valley was one of several in the New Mexico region growing that special object of culinary interest. No matter whether you like red or green, or if you’re a Lobo or an Aggie.
I’m impartial, but I’m none of the latter, either.
Arroyo appreciation, not always needing the narrow, wetter ribbon of the valley, is one sign a person has graduated to the desert.
Steve Martino, a landscape architect of the desert, once said “Nothing in the city was as interesting as the desert, especially the “Wash”. That is where the action is. This was my model for planting design”.
Rarely wet, usually dry…such an arroyo is a model for our city projects, where “flood”plain is not something one wants near structures. But seeing what an arroyo is about and applying that does take some work, but nothing like the futile work required to turn every home and commercial lot into a Sheboygans, only using cottonwoods, willows, sycamores and ashes!
All above an arroyo, feeding such a narrow ribbon of the Rio Grande valley…both life-supporting. Neither more or less important. Balance.