Seeing these crayfish was not a surprise.

August 20, 2014
by David Ryan

Wandering into a Movie Shoot

Wandering as described on these blog pages and in the book The Gentle Art of Wandering is about being mindful when walking. That is, allowing yourself to see and then letting what you see guide you on where you go and what you do. This mindset always seems to allow you to discover something interesting every time you get out, and my walk with the dogs yesterday was no exception.

Before we reached the first corner, we saw a sign hanging on a light post pointing in the direction of a movie shoot. I wondered at the time if we would have the chance to see it on our walk. We proceeded to take one of our regular routes along an acequia (irrigation ditch).

Signs are hung before a movie to show the cast and crew where to go. K D stands for Kepler's Dream.

Signs are hung before an “on-location” movie shoot to show the cast and crew where to go. K D stands for Kepler’s Dream.

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August 6, 2014
by David Ryan

When You Wander, One Thing Always Leads to Another

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A couple of weeks ago the dogs and I were walking through the Bosque along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. Bosque happens to be the Spanish word for forest and “the Bosque” is what the cottonwood forest along the Rio Grande in New Mexico is called. While walking we spotted a sign that told us that we were entering the Aldo Leopold Forrest and Trail.

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There is a nice cross in front of the church.

July 17, 2014
by David Ryan

Wandering East of Albuquerque

Earlier this week, the dogs and I took a drive to the other side of the mountains east of Albuquerque to hike on a trail in the Manzano Mountains that we hadn’t walked on for a while. Our route took us through several land grant communities that have their roots back to the days when this part of the country was held by Mexico.

The land was granted in the 1830s and 1840s as a buffer against potential encroachment from Texas and the United States. When the communities were settled, their economy was based upon raising sheep.

Being far away from the Rio Grande and isolated on the other side of the mountains, they would have been in constant danger from raids by hostile Plains Indians. It would have been a very tough life. Many descendants of the original settlers still live in the area today.

Even though the communities are less than fifty miles from Albuquerque, there is still a sense of isolation and of it being a different place. Once past the outskirts of Albuquerque the first community on our route was Escobosa. Other than a highway sign and a small church, there is not much to identify Escobosa as a settlement.

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San Ysidro Church in Escobosa

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