When Places Are Aptly Named

On the last New Mexico Scampabout I visited Shiprock, a town on the Navajo reservation in Northwest New Mexico. It’s home to a community college and medical center, as well as this formation that looks just like how you’d expect it to:

When Places Are Aptly Named

Gorgeous and Desolate

Why is it I’m so in love with jagged, empty places? Anyone else?

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  1. Terri October 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    I am exactly the same way – drawn to those types of places. I could sit there and look at a rock formation like that for hours, or take dozens of pictures (and none would come out as well as yours did.) Btw, I saw in another post that you drove through Tucumcari, NM. About 7-8 years ago, I drove cross country with my brother from LA. His car broke down at 4 on a Friday. We spent the next glorious 5 days in that town until it got fixed and then we burned rubber out of there! I’m guessing the Flying J was on the other end of town from where we stayed – but it still looks just as glamorous. 🙂 I absolutely love how cute your scamp looks next to the fifth wheels, btw.
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    • deonne October 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Terri – Tucumcari is so famous for its Route 66 cred, but (like Deming), it’s an odd little town. I didn’t see the murals there, did you? I’d like to go back and not sleep next to the prison bus, ha.

      • Terri October 21, 2014 at 8:39 am #

        Oh yes, it’s definitely a strange town. My brother is also a runner, and he decided to go for a run through town. He said that the “Downtown” area definitely felt kind of spooky, and that there was a movie theatre that he could tell had not shown movies in years. We went to the public library and they had you sign up for the computers. Then, they stood over you to make sure you got off exactly as your hour was up. Even if you were the only two in the library, like we were. I’m not kidding. An hour before they closed. It was us and the librarian. (And keep in mind, I’m a librarian now so I know what the job entails.) Instead we sat there and talked with her for a while instead of surfing the net and actually getting stuff done like we needed to, since we were stranded.

        And actually yes, when we were there we did see murals. If they still have a Dairy Queen there, that’s where we were marooned. There was a gas station and a little motel. (Yes, I know…a motel in Tucumcari, go figure! LOL)

  2. Brad October 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    I, too, enjoy remote and ancient places. I like to reflect on what may have happened there through time.

    I enjoy your writings, and thank you!

    Brad, in FL

    • deonne October 21, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      Brad – Yes! I can sometimes even feel the energy of the people who used to live there. (Woo woo, I know, but true, ha.) Thanks for the kind words, and commenting!

  3. Sherry in MT October 21, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Empty places are truly peaceful and I think it gets us back to our roots and appreciation of those places still left untouched!
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    • deonne October 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Sherry – That’s a great way to put it, thank you!

  4. Manisha October 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Lovely photo, Deonne. It makes me yearn for our trip to Moab which is just a month away.
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    • deonne October 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Thank you, Manisha! Love Moab – have a beer at the brewery for me. : )

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