Monday, November 20, 2006

Haos in Taos

Monday, November 20, 2006
Our haos in Taos.

We made it Sunday night, after dark, to the house we're renting in Taos with Caroline, Douglas, Hazel & Pearl. It's perched on the northeast side of town in a loose subdivision of rural adobe homes.

We're here with great pals and loads of food and adventure ahead of us. We've got at least four Mac laptops for blogging, e-mailing, photo viewing, DVD watching, and music recording. Blogger, well, you may know what's been happening. I am simply not worrying about it. This is, after all, a vacation (four short, blissful days in a completely new landscape, rambling around wherever the wind and sunshine take us).

Liam and Hazel playing a game.

Caroline is an amazing musician so we're playing music at every chance. I am hoping we'll collaboratively compose a new song while here. There's a unique, invigorating energy that comes from playing music in a strange place. I think that's why so many bands go somewhere new to record their albums:
we all went up to Montreaux
on the Lake Geneva shoreline

Since I've been blog-free for a few days, I won't attempt to recount things chronologically. You can check Zick's blog for additional insight and perspective.

Caroline's hubby Douglas is the consummate outdoor action figure. He's been a climbing rigger for many movies (Cliffhanger), music videos (Britney Spears), and commercials. He knows, just by looking, how to climb a rock face.

Douglas hiking the trail up from La Junta.

Their two girls, Hazel and Pearl, are with us, too. Both are musicians--Hazel is a drummer and Pearl plays the guitar. Too bad we have more laptops than guitars.

Pearl picking out a tune.

I find I am still on eastern time, which means I wake up between 4 and 5 each morning. I have the house to myself for an hour or so before Liam comes padding out, puffy-eyed, to ask for breakfast. It's heaven to me to sit and read my book To the Last Man by Michael Shaara, while I watch the sun reach out to kiss the snowy mountain peaks to the west of us. Those pre-dawn hours are my favorite time of the day--at least until the birding begins.

My morning view.

A Townsend's solitaire along the trail to La Junta point.

Happy familia at the end of a long hike.


On November 21, 2006 at 8:33 PM Anonymous said...

Awesome place. Great birds. Happy kids. Thanks for sharing, BOTB.

On November 21, 2006 at 8:47 PM Mary said...

You and Julie deserve thanks for taking time from your glorious vacation to share. Thanks!

On November 21, 2006 at 10:13 PM Susan Gets Native said...

So glad that the four of you are having such a nice time.

On November 21, 2006 at 10:15 PM me said...

Hey Willy T - you Happy Familia was the best thing I have seen in days, along with the barbed wire that was bent into a heart, very touching my dear friend....miss and love you all...Concrete and barbed wire, concrete and barbed wire..It's only made of concrete and barbed is the Song in My Head...

On November 22, 2006 at 10:14 AM mon@rch said...

Bill, looks like the whole family is having such a wonderful time! Sounds like you have all kinds of great hiking and birding!!