March 20, 2011
Daily Log: Taos, New Mexico to Payson, Arizona Distance: 760 km
Payson, AZ. 9:55 am
Yesterday was a transition day and a long travel day – combined; I was exhausted by the time we made it to Payson. The Natalie Goldberg
workshop finished at noon on Saturday, the 19th. Ed arrived about 2 p.m., just after lunch at Mabel Dodge Luhan House.
A group of women, including my friend and roommate Janice from Edmonton, had gone on a final hike in the Taos area. I stood taking photos of the Three Texans (Gayle, Maureen and Jan) in the courtyard when Ed and Yukon walked in. Bright warm sunshine, a high wind in the cottonwoods, and that Ed smile, eyes full of warmth. Yukon got excited – didn’t know who to go to first – me, Gayle, Maureen or Jan. We all patted her and she soaked it up.
That evening, I went to the hotel with Ed while Janice stayed in our double room, Spud’s Room alone. But the three of us went for dinner at a great Mexican restaurant; a woman made fresh guacamole at our table, split the avocado, speared the seed with her knife and tossed it into a container, scooped out the flesh with a spoon, tossed in three tablespoons each of finely chopped onion, tomato and cilantro and picked up a whisk and proceeded to mash the ingredients in to guacamole. The rest of the meal was equally fresh: homemade nachos, ceviche, burritos, and gordittos.
We dropped Janice off at Mabel Dodge Luhan House and took Yukon for a walk under the full moon.