I've now crossed the country from New Jersey to McClave, CO which is only about 70 miles from the Texas border and around 200 miles from Denver. The land is arid, stark, and wide open. Only a about 200 yards from the house I'm staying at (courtesy of my good friend Kellie of Kellie's Wildlife) are the tire tracks of the Santa Fe Trail. About 500 yards away is the river that served as the border between the United States and Mexico until 1840 after the US prevailed in the Mexican American War.
As I'm come further west, history seems to be more alive in people's minds. There seems to be a stronger recognition of the importance of Native American culture paired with a better understanding of the history of this country. Buffalo roamed these plains not that terribly long ago. The vastness of this landmass and the weight and importance of history have come more alive as I"ve come west. Existing in vast spaces like the American West/Southwest seem to create space inside of me and space is so important to creativity....I"m very much enjoying this part of the world....It is so different from what I'm accustomed to. I've been a lot of places but this region of the world feels especially inspirational...Just as inspiring as my travels in South America. I feel that I'm being introduced to a world that was right under my nose but that I'd never taken the time to dig into.