Sometimes you have to get away from your actual business to plan the future of that business. That is why I took my office manager (Lorna), web and social media consultant (Chris), shipping clerk (Elanor), and the man who does everything else that comes up (Steve) on a working vacation to Red River, NM. The boys (jack and Bear) had to come too because they couldn’t stay home alone and, besides, we love them :-).
Red River is a long day’s drive from Sherman. Lorna and I did a lot of talking on the way out and back. I made notes and took photos. The white van in front of me in most of these photos belongs to Chris and Lorna. It was a 2-car expedition.
The land is mostly flat from Sherman to the mountains. There are lumpy stretches (not really hills), and towns. There were trees in most of the towns but out on the prairie, not so much. The elevation rose as we drove west.
I didn’t get good photos of the mountains from the car on the way to Red River because the light was wrong. And I missed some lovely photos when I was driving. It’s better to be safe than wrecked, right?
We took a more scenic route on the way home, through Tucumcari and Las Vegas, NM. The mountains in Red River quickly gave way to plateaus. The trees gave way to scrubbier plants.
And then it got flat again, all the way home, which is one reason why we who live on the prairie go to the mountains :-).
I do love being able to see off into the distance, and I love how big the sky is over flat land, but it’s not for everyone. I’ll share more photos of the trip, with mountains and people, later this week.
Tried to comment on your later blog but something went wrong. Any way, WOW what stamina to make the hike. Fantastic. Thank you for sharing.
Would love to try the scissors
One of the things I love about New Mexico is the wide open skies! Night skies can be especially beautiful and clear for star gazing. Second is the mountains. Other places can feel claustrophobic and flat. Even the mountain greenery here is fairly sparse, so it doesn’t make you feel closed in. I admire your stamina for hiking. Wheeler Peak – quite impressive! The thin air is a definite challenge.