Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, which is not exactly true, we have about 14,000 lakes, but let’s not quibble. Alabama’s state slogan is Stars Fell on Alabama, which I’m sure we could prove. Colorado’s slogan is Enter A Higher State and if that isn’t downright prophetic, I don’t know what is. New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. Unlike number of lakes, pot smokers or fallen stars, enchantment is kind of hard to prove. Last weekend we were with some friends in Albuquerque and one night after a couple beers, we began theorizing about why New Mexico is allegedly enchanted. Theories:
It’s on a dragon line or Ley Line, a mystical and ancient pathway in the geography of the land.
There’s no such thing as enchantment. It’s just marketing to suck in tourists (like us.)
There’s an energy grid in the mountains that causes, among other things, the atmosphere to be tinted a faintly pink hue; clouds to be bigger and puffier; the sky to be bluer; aliens to crash-land; motorcyclists to muster in large numbers; artists to be artier, and crystal-loving New Age pilgrims to flock.
Maybe New Mexico is full of Ley Lines or maybe it does have a special geologic energy. You could go down either of those paths (or 100 others.) Or you could just believe in an unscientific, unprovable, highly subjective, possible exploitive concept called enchantment.
Sunrise, Santa Ana Pueblo
Storm brewing over Sandia Mountain, Santa Ana Pueblo
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe
Old door, Santa Fe
Hearts and crosses, St. Francis Hotel, Santa Fe
Almost a full moon rising over Santa Fe
Abandoned church on the Santa Fe Trail, near Raton