NEW MEXICO is one of the last territories to gain statehood (47th in 1912) and it enjoys displaying the national colors in natural form of red rock, white sand, and blue skies. The entire state rises over 5000' elevation with endless plains, craggy buttes, and high deserts. Cutting through the heart of New Mexico is the mighty Rio Grande that carries life-sustaining water from the Rockies to the Gulf, and the river banks attract most of its population (Santa Fe, El Paso, and Albuquerque).
So this is the environment I'm crossing on my way back to California. High dry plains, ruddy rocks and sandy desert. A first-time visitor will either fall in love with this landscape for its rugged beauty or hate it for its isolated barrenness. However, as a native born westerner I feel right at home here... and I love it!
The official colors of New Mexico are the red and yellow of old Spain, as seen on the state flag and this ascending hot air balloon, while the red Zia sun symbol was inspired by the native Pueblo tribes culture. It's fitting that the colors reflect the state's colorful history and its natural setting.
Miles 5158, Week 57, Weather 55F 🌤