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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pecos Wilderness

My husband's dad built a log cabin in the Pecos Wilderness (located in northern New Mexico) in the 1950s with several men from other families in Plainview, Texas, where they all lived. The Walker family has been visiting that cabin ever since.

To understand the beauty of Pecos, you have to know a bit about New Mexico. It is high desert country. Dry, mostly brown, lots of cactus, Pinon and Juniper trees, sagebrush--well, you get the idea. But in Pecos, there are Pine trees, Evergreens, running streams (that actually have water in them). It is lush and lovely.

The Plainview cabin is in the town of Cowles, which consists of a country grocery store. The road which leads to the cabin is closed in winter because it doesn't get plowed. The cabin itself has a living room, with a large stone fireplace and two futon couches/beds. They must be hung on hooks from the ceiling so the mice can't get at them. There is a kitchen, one bedroom, and a bathroom with a stall shower.

The best thing about the cabin is the porch which streches across the front of the cabin. Hummingbird feeders attract many species of those delightful creatures (see Galen Kindleys blog today. It is especially nice when it rains. Happiness is sitting on that porch with my guitar and good friends, singing, drinking a bit of wine, and eating cheese and crackers. This is after a day of hiking one of the many incredible trails in the area. One leads to caves. Another to the top of a mountain with 360 degree views of the area. It's called Hamilton Mesa.

We're heading to Pecos today for the weekend. We haven't been there in two years. My hubby misses it terribly. He is truly at home in the woods, unlike this native New Yorker, who loves the woods once I get there, but getting me there is like tugging a reluctant elephant on a leash. Looking forward to nature, hiking, good company, mah jong games, singing, and good eats.

Wishing everyone a happy weekend. Till next time,


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

This sounds like the perfect getaway place and that it would be hard to tear yourself away from it after only a few days. I hope you have a wonderful time!

Jody Hedlund said...

Have a great weekend! Sounds like a beautiful place!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

This sounds like a really relaxing, refreshing place. Hope you have a wonderful time.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Oh I miss New Mexico! Desert sunsets are the most beautiful on earth...

L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

Marvin D Wilson said...

Sounds great - have a wonderful time. If I had a place like that I'd probably hang there a LOT!

The Old Silly

Patricia Stoltey said...

Sounds wonderful, Karen. I hope you have a great weekend.

Helen Ginger said...

Karen, that sounds like heaven. Go. Have fun. Relax. Take pictures. Come back and tell us about it all.

Straight From Hel

Galen Kindley--Author said...

I fished in that area recently. Not big fish, but lots of pretty country. Have fun and bring back a report of what it was like, maybe a photo, too.

Have a great weekend.

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Enid Wilson said...

You have a great weekend and show us some photos when you come back.

Bargain with the Devil

Tabitha Bird said...

Karen, that sounds wonderful :) Hope you had a good weekend. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.