Jayson Kaufman and Dakota.
When we returned from Chile we deplaned and hit the ground running. My son called me in Santiago to say my mom was in the hospital with severe pneumonia. When I called my dad he insisted that she was in good hands and not to come back from our trip four days early. Though I spoke to her every one of those four days, I still wanted to see her as soon as possible. Without even unpacking we threw our luggage into our car and drove 12 hours to the small New Mexico town where my parents live.
Just 8 miles out of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, we could see the beginnings of a beautiful sunset. As I seem to collect sunset photos we pulled off on a side road to watch and photograph this one and found we were not alone. Jayson and his dog Dakota--from Ohio--were taking a sunset break from their daily 20-mile trek. They are eight months out on a planned three year walk from Dallas to Oregon. We talked and enjoyed the sunset until we felt guilty that he would now have to walk seven miles in the dark to his planned camping site. Two days later we were driving along the Rio Grande in Ralph Edwards park and saw them again, re-packing the rickshaw to continue on their way.
He's keeping journals of his trip and the people he meets. I hope he turns them into a book, a sort of Blue Highways by rickshaw. If he does I'll definitely read it.
I've been away from the blog for five weeks, four of them traveling and one because my DSL modem was acting up and I couldn't get online. I've downloaded many photos of beautiful places and wonderful experiences in Chile and will include quite a few of them here--eventually. It's good to be back though I'm beginning to fret over Christmas preparations. We'll put up our tree tomorrow and that will probably push us headlong into the seasonal hubbub.
The sunset we stopped to watch