This Land is *My* Land

I rather enjoy reading The Pioneer Woman’s site. She’s an amazingly versatile woman, and I’m always impressed.

On her homeschooling section of the blog, one of her guest contributors is taking a summertime road trip around the country, and blogging about many of the stops. It’s fun to see all the places where she and her family stop and explore.

But the latest update is the one that caught my attention.

And I quote: “…we weren’t necessarily ready for the looooooong drive through the rather arid, xeriscape of Eastern New Mexico.”

Also: “Not too far outside of Santa Fe, everything looked a bit like this…for about 3 1/2 hours.”

Photo by Heather Sanders

Well….sheeyah! Welcome to the real West.

I love it when people are shocked at the big empty that is New Mexico.

Though I’d rather we all just kept it our little secret.

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  • Natalie

    I’m surprised she didn’t say anything about the smoke covering the ENTIRE landscape. Arizona wildfires choking out landscape/air quality aside… I saw four mama horses and their babies, just hangin’ out, eating in the backdrop of a gorgeous sunrise-filtered by a raging wildfire just about a mile away. Amazing.

    Wide Open Spaces… it’s what makes my daily commute bearable.

    And here’s another thing: when was the last time you found out a puma/cougar/mountain lion was cruising your neighborhood.

    Ahhhh…. New Mexico.

    It’s always sumpthin’.

    • Karen Fayeth

      Natalie – I was actually pretty surprised she didn’t mention the smoke and ash. Seems to me that’s more shocking than wide open spaces.

  • Sandy

    Yes, lets keep it a secret! One of my favorite drives is from Albuquerque to Flagstaff ….the divide between the desert and the open sky is breath taking!

    • Karen Fayeth

      Sandy – Couldn’t agree more. The drive up the hill to Flagstaff is so pretty. The temperature drops and the scenery changes. So amazing.

  • Lynn

    Bahaha! Poor uninitiated souls. I like the openness myself, wide blue skies as far as the eye can see, but maybe that’s just me.

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