This is an announcement of a hiatus.
While I love this blog and have put a lot into it over the past year and a half, suddenly being back on campus again — and having to squeeze in a year’s worth of academics into a semester while somehow maintaining something that resembles a healthy social life — has forced me to realize that I really ought to cut down on my responsibilities. This is something I’ve never done before — cut down, I mean — which can mean one of two things: 1) I have matured over the past year and have a better awareness of my capacities and more importantly, my limits 2) I really went for it this semester (and we’re barely into week 2), which is seriously saying something, because I’m a lot of things but a wimp when it comes to a challenge isn’t one of them. I don’t know which one of those it is, nor which one I want it to be.
You’ll see me again as India grows closer — and I still have a lot from this summer that I want to write about — but for the next couple months, it’s crunch time!
I can’t say I’m fond of the expression “hidden gem” and how it seems to be overused in travel writing (“this place is totally a hidden gem which is why I’m writing about it and now it won’t be hidden anymore!”) — particularly when I see it misused, as in “gem in the rough”, talk about mixing your metaphors — but I have to concede that if we were to take the idiom and apply it to national parks, White Sands would fit nicely. Each time I go all I can think is along the lines of WHY DOESN’T EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS?! More importantly, why isn’t EVERYONE clamoring to be here right now!?
You can’t tell me you can look at that — miles on miles on miles of white sand dunes, soft and cool over your feet, absolute silence in a form we modern people rarely if ever get to find, and here, the sunset approaching in the distance — and not see something spectacular, even on the scale of America’s beautiful national parks.
While technically we went to Three Rivers to see the petroglyphs, and therefore to compare the form of old art with the modern art we’d just seen, what I remember most about this place was the hike we got to do, and the subsequent views we were subjected to. Another one of those places I would have never found on my own, but that I am very glad I got to see.