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Friday, February 10, 2012 - LoW-HI RV Ranch, Deming NM

Western Meadowlark, San Antonio NM, April 15, 2010
Western Meadowlark, San Antonio NM, April 15, 2010

Northward bound

Larger and larger flocks of Sandhill Cranes have been flying northward over the park the last few days, calling down to suggest I follow them up to the Bosque. And I think I will once my prepaid time here at LoWs runs out at the end of the month. Playing around with my Bosque pictures the last few days has gotten me in the mood to go get some more this spring.

Night camp

Site 8 - LoW-HI RV Ranch, Deming NM

A Voyage and a Harbor

The native American was forced westward by the young escaping the limits of east coast villages that had been established only a generation or two earlier by parents escaping the limits of European villages. From then on, whether seeking a whale, rafting with Huck Finn, easy riding with Peter Fonda, or next week in Cancun, there has been a strong belief in America that happiness lies somewhere else. And yet as we find freedom we also rediscover loneliness. As geographer Yi-Fu Tuan says, we require both shelter and venture. We need freedom and support, silence and cacophony, the vast and distant but also the warm and near, a voyage and a harbor, the great adventure and the hobbit hole. Much of the iconography of our times gives little sense of this. Instead, the individual is treated as a self-sufficient, self-propelled vehicle moving across a background of other things, other places, and other people.