Fire Cloud...
An irregular marking on the exterior of Native American pottery: usually resulting from burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing

Thursday, 20 October 2005

The Crossroads

Baxter, New Mexico- 21 October, 2005

We hiked four miles though the New Mexico desert yesterday. The plants are as strange and alien as a coral reef 100 feet down.


 These are scrubby, tough, prickly survivors and desert flowers. On the spaces where nothing grows the sandstone has reformed into many strange gray nodules that look like very small cabbages growing close together.



Later, a 20-mile motorcycle ride to Baxter (population 200) for a shared turkey and avocado sandwich. No vehicles on the road at all either way. Then another swim in Bottomless Lake and Google planning for the next move to Ruidoso. Ruidoso has four tennis courts and will serve as base camp for a motorbike ride up 10,000-foot El Capitan Mountain.


The Crossroads
a place where ghosts
reside to whisper into
the ears of travelers and
interest them in their fate

—Jim Morrison (1943 - 1972





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