Colorado, creative non fiction, Desert, memoir, new mexico, southwest, Uncategorized

Prologue: A Little Background and Inspiration

“Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.” – Ortega Y Gasset

“I shall never be able to express clearly whence comes this pleasure men take from aridity, but always and everywhere I have seen men attach themselves more stubbornly to barren lands than to any other. Men will die for a calcined, leafless, stony mountain. The nomads will defend to death their great store of sand as if it were a treasure of gold dust. And we, my comrades and I, we too have loved the desert to the point of feeling that it was there we had lived the best years of our lives.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars

“So it leads west and south, down from the high male Rockies to the female Sangre de Cristos glowing red as blood in the setting sun. From granite to adobe; from the snowy peaks and soundless gorges to the rounded, mellow hills; from the wild, rugged geological youth to a land so old, so immeasurably old that even its peoples seem quickly aged in youth. . . It is a land beyond age, with the timelessness of eternity, the last oubliette of America.” – Frank Waters, The Dust in the Rock

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