2015 coming to a close, well not on the verge of closing, but on the waning side
....went to lightning fields w/ j1. its been on my bucket list and am so grateful to the mulies for kickstarting this outing. our kid free weekend was bookended with nights at los poblanos. as swanky a boutique hotel as we've ever stayed. a historic inn on a working farm with a farm to table restaurant. cozy. intimate. just lovely.
....the trip to lightning fields starts off at a teeny strip of a town. more like some empty storefronts that harkened to a time when there was much more happening in those parts. we met our partners in this outing for the next 24 hrs in a sparse room with a locked door and a fax machine behind the adjacent storefront that just kept ringing. a texan with little to say shuttled us into his suv. a 40 minute off road trek and a few instructions on fixings for dinner and he left us with an eta for pickup the next day. us, a few strangers, a 100+ yr old homestead and 400 lightning rods in a regular grid dotted across the landscape. the terrain seemed to be just scrub, but upon closer inspection interspersed were lush green areas and areas of desert flowers. throughout were more red winged crickets than we care to ever come across again. the area is surrounded by mountains and it was calming to have my eyes focus on the distance. the rods punctuating the space between the sky and the earth. no lightning but it didnt seem to matter. the best part for me was the overwhelming sky and the first point in the morning when the tips of all the rods glowed from first light.
....i am not a very good football mom. i get j3 to football late to practice. i still dont know all the players names. i give j3 a hard time about his schoolwork coming first and threaten taking away football when he doesnt get it done. but its all worth it for this story he wrote