las vegas, nm used to be one of the most important train hubs in the american west. built by money from railroads and mines, this once magnificent town has since fallen on hard times. the old harvey house still stands, although abandoned and somewhat derelict, but the charming depot — a wonderful example of spanish revival architecture — is still active!
taken from one of albuquerque’s many bike paths, this one traversing the rio grande alongside I-40. the sandia mountains can be seen in the distance.
the majestic landscape of the american southwest.
on the way up to pagosa springs, co, we stopped for a quick, late afternoon hike at echo ampitheater. as always, the light, the sky and the earth were spectacular…acular…cular..lar…
as the plane descended for its final approach, this sublime view of the desert southwest came into view. just lovely.
given the frustratingly un-snychronized traffic lights and the thunderdome driving skills on display in santa fe, the best transportation is often your bicycle. there’s a bike trail that cuts straight through several labyrinthine neighborhoods, complete with short-cuts and hidden passageways, and — at least on the downhill portions — its just about as fast as automobile travel. plus, there’s the added bonus of being out in the glorious sunshine, accidentally fitting your cardiovascular exercise into a completely enjoyable day, and putting in a good afternoon of work in the garden.
here’s what the trip from my house to the garden looks like.