the kitten didn't help too much with packing.
the sign that the train is now in new mexico.
with a generous christmas gift from the folks, I had booked a sleeper car for this trip. which feels luxurious when you've become used to trying to sleep in a reclining chair in coach along with 30 other people. so I was able to watch the scenery roll by, while in bed with cozy, quiet solitude.
trees blackened but still standing, from last summer's fire.
and this is the landscape that tells me i'm closer to taos than I am to newton.
and new mexico greeted me at the train station with freshly brewing pressed coffee.
which is one of the ways I know that I am loved.