oh New Mexico…you wacky state you…

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C.S. Lewis wrote, “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”  I think I am at that age…or maybe never left that age.  One or the other.  Traveling through new places always puts my brain into storyteller mode. 

This was my first time really exploring New Mexico from top to bottom.  It was also the first time my feet have ever touched Colorado soil.  The land was weird, wild, and whimsical to be honest…although I’m sure most of you that read this have been to both states, if not numerous times.  I utterly adore New Mexico now which baffles me because generally if there’s not water and loads of greenery near by I keep on moving asthetically.    

My first impressions of Colorado when we crossed the border included (1) the roads instantly became actually straight….and (2) it seemed like a lot of what I drove through was some weird mix of multiple ranches all on the honor system since it was one giant horse/cow commune with an inconvenient little dirt highway running through the middle of it.  Lord bless free rangery…I was just thankful I didn’t hit anything.  Oh and also…horses are not scared of dogs turns out….along with mountain goats.  Zero fear when faced with 100 pounds of fluff and ears barking. 

I’ve tried to start blogging about my trip several times now, but keep getting overwhelmed at how many crazy stories happened and where to begin.  It was an incredible trip, who’s significance was not lost on me.  I have honestly never laughed so much in my life throughout the 9 days.  A year ago I didn’t think I would be here.  I never could have imagined the thing that took place this year…both good and bad, and I am ok with that.  I’ll attempt to immortalize stories from the trip on here in the next few weeks.  Thank you again all for your thoughts and prayers over this year.  For the record I am very thankful and happy that I am here.   

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”  CS Lewis 

P.S.  These are some examples of blog post titles that could each legitimately be a title of a story that happened on this epic liver anniversary trip:

Getting kicked out of a Russian run trucker motel in Merkel, Texas

The tale of officers Swanson and Hildebrand and their pet tortoise Theresa

How to melt pyrex at 10,000 feet

Bears…Shmears…

Elk, moose, bear, mountain goat, horse, sheep, giraffe crossing

Why New Mexico has no straight roads

New Mexico, the state of WHY!?!?!

Starting a fire with petroleum jelly and burned biscuits

First impression of Roswell, NM: Aliens do exist….

The legend of the Roswell Cheese Factory

Can we buy that Jesus?

Very Large Array….really?  You don’t say. 

Stargazing illegally and a little girl named Aurora

Jimbo brown, the gator stomper

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