Well, it’s always the season. Memorial day. Unofficial start of summer. Grilling season. Your supposed to grill or BBQ something this weekend, or you were, as it is over now. Back to the routine for a couple more weeks until 4th of July, right? I’ve found over the years, Memorial Day is never really out of season. We should not forget the Veterans just because it is Tuesday instead of May 25 (this year). I attended the services for the Viet Nam Veterans this year. That was the “season” that I was in the service. The officials always seem to schedule the services at the same time all over the city, so one cannot attend each one. I did not personally see the action that most of these veterans did. I was assigned to a support regiment and was not afforded that experience. I recently met with a friend that did see that action, very serious stuff, and along with some other news articles, I was prompted to read up on some of that action. I am truly amazed that as many made it home as did. Our service here starts off with reading the names of those that were lost from our state. 803 names. They presented the colors with the bagpipes, saluted with the rifles, sang the national anthem and related a few stories and comments plus a bit of history. Very nice service, very nice atmosphere and setting. We even had a fly over with the missing man formation. As to the missing man, there are still a few POW’s unaccounted for. For those of you who have served – – – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!!
One of the ideas I’m working on, I guess these things are titled ‘personal projects,’ is murals or paintings on buildings. I think I have mentioned this before, and probably will again at least once or twice more. Along that line, when we were in New Mexico, there were a lot of paintings, murals and signs on the buildings. I think these images are great and my hat is off to the artists that can do this. My talents do not lie in this area. I am working on a book that will highlight this work as I see it all over in the travels that I have made. So this week I am showing a particularly clever mural. As you can tell, it was in Tucumcari, New Mexico. I have enclosed some of the panels of the panoramic so you can see them a bit more detailed, then the whole scene in one shot. I did not catch the artists name on this one, so I don’t know if it is the same as all of the others in the area. They are all very good. Many in New Mexico are refurbished from the Route 66 era.
Adding more images from New Mexico, I will hope to give an impression of what the area we went to is like. Tucumcari is around 5000 feet altitude, give or take a foot or two. I din’t know where people draw the line for ‘high plains’, but this seems to qualify to me. One of the impressions that comes to mind when someone mentions New Mexico, is the old west, cowboys, lots of open space, mesa’s, cactus, dust, old movies. So we ran across most of that somewhere along the way, and we only covered a portion of the state. We stayed mostly to the east middle portion. We did get the vast open spaces, – – – miles from place to place. Dust and wind scouring the earth on daily basis – – – a couple of the gusts smacked the side of our vehicle sending us into the next lane. We missed any dust storms, but say clouds of dust floating here and there – in the way. It was (is) dry and parched, seems to absorb any moisture before it strikes the ground. Lots of antelope grazing in the fields, competing with the cactus for space. If large open spaces make you nervous, then this is not you cup of tea. Everything has lots of elbow room. Even the trains.
I see all of this space and one of the thoughts that comes to mind when I look out over the vast area is what the first settlers thought when they first came into the area. I can see what they saw, I don’t think it has changed a lot around here, yes there is progress, but not a rush to overtake the area like around a big city. So your looking at all of this space and what goes through your mind? Where do I go from here? Or, which way do I go? Or, what’s over that ridge? How will it be different? Will it be better than here? All while your setting on your horse – – – or wagon, deciding your future. There are very few trees, and I’m used to a lot of trees. Should I look for more trees? It’s funny the things that run through your mind. Maybe it’s just me. We did stop at the dinosaur museum, the dig was not open during the week, so we will have to try another time. Still a lot to see, even if it is a mile or two apart. Just prepare for the spaces.
cover for my new book
this is my favorite image
Sorry for being late here. We have been on the road for the last two weeks. I have not spent any time in the southwest at all, so when we had a chance to visit a cousin in Tucumcari, New Mexico, we decided to take a trip and check things out. The catch phrase for New Mexico, at least on the licences plates, is “Land of Enchantment,” so I guess I can agree with that. There is a lot to see, and a lot of history to absorb. The Native American culture is very plainly observed, as is the Mexican culture. Route 66 is displayed all over, as it runs right through town. Some of the old establishments that were busy and thriving when 66 was popular are still around, many being refurbished to look as they did years ago. We went down to research family roots, but the weather turned bad in some areas, (hail stones a couple of inches across) (and close by), heavy rain and thunder storms threatened road conditions, so with such variable weather, we took in some more local vistas. We still had a good trip and covered many good areas. The family members we were with have a good grasp on the history of the area, so we got many a good history lesson as well. There will always be a reason the return and cover the areas that we had to work around. Lots of high desert, mesas, cactus, and lots of open spaces. A bit of open range, a few antelope, even a cow or two. Lots of trains. Enchanting indeed!