Tag Archives: New Mexico

Week of Enchantment: Epic? Nay, MAMMOTH!

The natural history museum in downtown Albuquerque is monstrously big, and after arriving at its service doors I made my way around the campus (“building” does not suffice), admiring the way the landscape was sculpted and filled with plants to … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Takin’ that Left Turn at Albuquerque

Ever since I arrived in Albuequerque, I’d be haunted by the constant din of traffic. I entered town in the middle of it, and remained surrounded by it. It never ceased — even at three am in the morning, I’d … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Nerd on Pilgrimage

I left Las Cruces in the early morning, joining the interstate with no problem at all. This was,  I realized with a sigh, my last Epic Drive.  At some point today I would arrive in Albuquerque, and from there I … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Las Cruces

That, dear readers, is always a promising way to start the day. I stayed at the Big Chile Inn, an older place formerly run by a family but now owned by a corporation. Its interior courtyard was lush, and I … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Blinded by the White

I could see White Sands while approaching Alamogordo, a stretch beneath the mountains that gleamed like the ocean. When I arrived IN Alamogordo and saw the space museum, I wondered if somehow I’d missed the turnoff to the park itself. … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Through Piney Mountains Cold

On Tuesday morning, I bid a reluctant farewell to Roswell and hit the road west. A half-hour of enormous plains gave way to the hills of the Hondo Valley. The Hondo valley’s rocky mounts gave way to much larger hills … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Roswell: They Call it Home

After enjoying the Living Desert Zoo, I returned to 285 north for Roswell. Even if it were not Roswell, the city made a good camp for the night, its main street juncture providing access to Alamagordo and Las Cruces. But … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: the Living Desert

High on a hill north of Carlsbad is the Living Desert Zoo, a nature preserve with some animal exhibits. The zoo is unusual in its coherence; instead of gathering random animals from all over the world, the Living Desert focuses … Continue reading

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Week of Enchantment: Into the Hole He Goes

My first morning in the west opened to a glorious sunrise. I was up with the dawn, for after a ride into town to eat breakfast, I intended to drive the twenty miles out to the Caverns to be there … Continue reading

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Return from the Rio Grande

People of the Blogosphere, I HAVE RETURNED! Last Saturday I boarded a plane and put into motion which was months in the making. Back in May, I decided to take a vacation to the Southwest, and by the first week … Continue reading

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