I arrived in Albuquerque Tuesday night, after nine hours of tiresome connecting flights, then the next day I made my way to the Historic Damsite District, once a national park, now a vacation spot for campers, RV enthusiasts, fishermen, and four years ago it also became an artist residency. Just ten minutes outside of Truth or Consequences, the residency offers artists inexpensive lodgings in a beautiful setting.
As I was driving from Albuquerque on my way to the residency, I was astounded by the landscape, I’d never seen anything like it, at that point I knew I had made the right decision to come here. The long straight highway, Interstate 25 South is majestic to say the least, and this is only the beginning of my trip. There is so much to see here, I feel a bit overwhelmed, I plan to take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Folks here are super friendly, as I had expected. My lodging is one of several casitas which are humble but very cozy little adobes. The sun is shinning today, it’s 16 degrees, just the perfect temperature, I was told I brought the good weather with me The landscape around me is arid, rocky and sun bleached but last night at dusk, I saw what I had only imagined, a golden hue swept over the hills, I was stunned. The light really is spectacular here especially at dusk, it started to get quite cool and then became very dark and I could see stars, infinite stars.
I’ve met most of the staff and one neighbor. I was also invited to go fishing with Brad, the caretaker, originally from Nebraska, a burly old guy with a long white beard, who lives in his trailer across from my casita. This state is quite poor, there’s not much to do in Truth or Consequences, which has a lot of trailer parks but the hot springs do bring in the tourists and folks from all over NM and elsewhere, so that’s what’s driving the local economy, plus the marina, a popular vacation destination. Fun fact, T & C was once named Hot Springs. I think that’s enough for today, I need to make these blogs a bit shorter. I’m off now to make art!