Back from the Southwest, Part 1

I’ve returned from the Southwest, all in one piece and almost caught up on sleep. It was, as expected, a lovely break, filled with good friends, good food (especially cookies!), and, yes, a few good horses. I realized on my last day how free of music it was, though. I used to spend a lot of time sitting on the back patio of our room listening to music (as I read and relaxed), but for some reason, this year, I just didn’t. Over the years, my music tastes have changed, but the CD I think I will always most closely associate with our time out there is John Mayer’s No Such Thing. I loved that CD when I was in eighth grade — that was 10 years ago (!), and yet I still remember listening to it out there more than any other music. (This may be because it was a CD, so part of the memory comes from taking it out of my CD case, putting it into my player, etc. As much as I love my iPod, flicking through songs and albums just isn’t the same.)

Although some things were different, many things were still the same, and I was reminded once again how important the place, the atmosphere, and our time out there is to me. And, as usual, I took lots of pictures, even though I realized that I’ve been taking many of the same pictures for the past two or three years. Here are just a few. (I can’t tell you how excited I was about all the cacti in bloom. It’s maybe the second time we’ve been there to see the flowers.) Part two will follow!

More to come! As I said, I took a lot of pictures.

All photos by Taking of Toast

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