We had another successful engagement at the Farmington Library, with three performances in all, attended by a photographer and reporter from the local paper — and they stayed for the entire show. (That’s always much more gratifying than having journalists show up just long enough to get their story.) We always love coming to this library, a great rarity in today’s world: a new building that is also a work of art.
Our mail caught up with us, including the packet that we missed in Mobile. We received everything we were expecting, including the missing credit card and a paycheck from Miami. And when the story in the paper came out about our performances, we were quite pleased. It was well written and factually accurate, and accompanied by a dynamic photo of us on the front page, right next to President Obama. Can’t beat it.
Then we took off driving toward Denver, which will be our next major way station. But there is no major way to get there — sooner or later, you have to drive over mountains. Of course, we didn’t expect to make it today; we were just hoping to get to the resort town of Taos, and spend a day or two there.
We saw a roadside stand where a group of Native Americans were selling fried bread, which is a treat that’s hard to pass up, so we didn’t. They saw our trailer and were quite curious about what we do, and fascinated by what we told them. Later, after we’d devoured the bread, it occurred to us that it might have been fried in lard, which can wreak havoc on the digestive tracts of vegetarians. But we suffered no distress.
As we headed up through the mountains, higher and higher and higher (passing a long series of white trucks with red flags on them), we encountered some wind strong enough to rearrange the configuration of our vehicle’s features. And we also encountered a great deal of snow — not in the air, but on the ground. The roads were well cleared, but the wind kept blowing it back onto the road. So we considered pulling over for the night somewhere in the middle of nowhere. But then the driving conditions improved, so we pressed on to Taos.