My sister and her husband took us camping last weekend, and we realized we’re going to have to redefine our concept of camping now that we’re in Albuquerque! Turns out New Mexico has a lot of gorgeous public land just waiting for someone to put a tent on it. So that’s exactly what we did!
Unlike most state and national park camping we’ve done, where you’re right next to your neighbor, here we had a whole valley to ourselves! (Aside from the cows and bees.) Kitsu spent the weekend zooming across the valley, stick triumphantly in mouth, letting us know that she approved of the site.
In our two hour drive to our spot (one of those hours spent on dirt “roads”), we went from desert to sulfur springs to orange plateaus to pine trees and mountains. And, typical of the weather since we’ve been here, we got a fair amount of rain. But the second day dawned a pristine blue, and, that night, the stars crowded into the sky. I haven’t seen a sky like that since I lived in Maine.
As we’ve mentioned more than once, this move has been hard. Both leaving our community behind and the way it all happened. But there is nothing like the Milky Way crystallizing across the night sky to give you perspective. The only accurate phrase I can think of is “balm to the soul.” And I don’t use that lightly.