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 of June, I fixed my destination as southern New Mexico. Why New Mexico? I wanted to see something different, utterly different, and the Southwest was it. No doubt Edward Abbey helped; his writing could woo an Eskimo to wanting to see the sun-baked wastes. But New Mexico is a curious place, the site of many things of interest to me: the nuclear program and the early space race. Although my initial plan was to use Las Cruces as a base to explore various sites of interest (archaeological, cultural, historical, scientific), this developed into a driving tour of New Mexico, ranging from the Texas border to Santa Fe.
FUN FACT: If you followed my reading here, you followed me! I arranged the books' settings and schedule to correspond to my location; so, my Saturday landing in El Paso connected to Send More Idiots, my Sunday in Carlsbad/Roswell with Loose Ends, my drive through the mountains with Fire on the Mountain, etc.
I have hundreds of photos, and hope to produce a few collections in the next few days that are fit for public consumption. I'll be sharing them and stories from my travels here over the coming weeks.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell, Ruidoso, White Sands, Las Cruces, the Very Large Array, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.
And now, some sneak peaks!