MY TRIP OUT OF northwestern New Mexico with Blue Desert Guide Company has been all about rocks — canyons to hike, cliffs and hoodoos to photograph, petroglyphs to analyze. The orange canyon walls, the red mesas, the striped mountain passes have been impressive.
But I’m not so sure about this rock. It’s not a brilliant shade of orange, red, or purple. My nose is an inch from its face, so I can’t admire it from afar. I’m up pretty high, but I don’t dare glance around at the desert views surrounding me. Plus, my hands are freezing. And it’s really important that they stay operational, because they’re keeping me from plummeting off this slab of gray boulder.
On second thought, it’s not that important. Someone’s got my rope.