Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Mexico Dream

Last night, I dreamed of New Mexico. I can't remember the exact details, other than I was driving somewhere sort of wooded - as though I were in the Ruidoso/Mescalero/Cloudcroft areas, up in the mountains where it's quite a bit cooler, getting a brief respite from the hot, arid desert near Alamogordo.

When I woke up, I was a bit surprised, almost unsure of where I was - just momentarily - as I found myself in my bedroom in eastern Iowa, instead of in Alamogordo. This dream left such a visceral impression of New Mexico upon me, that I guess I expected to wake up there, as though I still lived there.

Anyway, I've been kinda thinking of New Mexico all morning, which has probably been prompted by the overcast, rainy skies (as we rarely got overcast dreariness in New Mexico that lasted for any noticeable length of time), as well as the dream . Plus, while I was clearing the morning's dishes, I'd heard a song on my iPod that I actually first heard on the radio in my office (and numerous times afterward) while I was stationed in New Mexico.

So I thought I'd share a couple photos of New Mexico taken in and around Mescalero and Ruidoso. These represent the scenery I dreamed about last night.

They were both taken in 2007, when Andrew and I had spent the weekend at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, while Livie spent the weekend with her grandmother and great-grandparents in El Paso.

It had been threatening rain for a couple hours before the rain clouds had actually moved into our area; it had thunder-stormed just prior to my taking the photo of the lake.

From our room's balcony, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, NM

On the road, somewhere between Mescalero and Ruidoso, NM

6 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

No doubt now you must miss it more than ever!

TexWisGirl said...

i know how much you miss it.

Sharon said...

Thanks for the comment on my site today. I can certainly understand your longing for the west. Though I love the adventures of traveling to other places both near and far, I know I would miss the open skies and stark beauty of the west. I see you are a Tony Hillerman fan. Me too! His words conjure up images of Chaco Canyon and other remote four corners locales.

Sandy said...

New Mexico is deep in your psyche. It sounds like it always be. It's nice to revisit locations like these. I think New Mexico is one of those places that once you visit - you will never forget. Thanks for sharing. xo

Nancy Claeys said...

I do hope you are able to get back there some day Sonya. xo

Michaele said...

I think one of these days you and I both may find our way back to the land of enchantment. Have you ever seen the movie Off The Map? (the one with Sam Elliot?) It is a must see for NM lovers.

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