That night Dan and I went to overlook park. We got there at 1:00 am and the scenery was amazing. It was a (nearly) full moon and the clouds seemed to zip across the sky as if we were watching the sky through a time-lapse camera.
Though it was dark, we could still catch glimpses of the shimmering river below. The wind howled over the bluffs in a way that could make a person think that they are the only living person for miles around.
This is what is looks like during the day. I didn’t take that picture, and I can’t remember where I snagged it from, but it showed well the amazingness of the view.
The trip was smooth, and eventful. We had a great time, and my appreciation of New Mexico grew by leaps and bounds.
The New Mexican sky is amazing, the storms are awesome in the truest sense of the word. The thunder in the mountains is like nothing I’ve ever heard before.
The nieces and nephews are sweet, and we realized how much we miss Sam and Heather (Dan’s sister and brother in law).
We came back relaxed, and rejuvenated, and ready for more of life.
The pictures will be eked out slowly and added to the blog a few at a time.
DEAR MISS MANNERS:
Does a gentleman’s “tipping” his hat look too much like a military salute? Since I seldom see any male wearing a real hat, I’d almost forgotten this gesture. I think it had been at least twenty years since this has meant grasping the hat brim and ether lifting the hat an inch or two, or just grasping and releasing the brim.
You have obviously not met a polite cowboy in twenty years. The rule is the same as it always was: A gentleman removes his hat when speaking to a lady or sharing an elevator with one, and lifts his hat as a gesture to a stranger from whom he receives a courtesy or thanks for a courtesy of his. As you have noticed, however, it does require a hat and is therefore seldom performed. The military salute is much more energetic, but it also comes with PX privileges.
This is where we’ll be. We’ll be having great talks about everything, enjoying the amazing scenery, watching seven insane little cousins interact, feasting on good old New Mexican food, and in general having a grand old time!
I hope you had a great holiday, and enjoy your week. I’ll be back next week!
It’s amazing what’s underfoot on any tiny little patch of ground!