As you might have guessed, we finally got the car started and as soon as we did, we left for New Mexico at 4:30 in the morning. I’m seeing a pattern. Last night, just as I was about to doze off, the tent collapsed on me. An extremely bad wind storm blew in and I found myself panicking, trying to find the flap on the tent so I could make my escape. I spent the rest of the night in the backseat of the car exhausted from trying to save the tent my friend loaned me from getting blown off the top of the mountain. I cursed myself for tying the knots as tight as I did. The wind kept blowing my shirt up over my head making the task that much harder. I think the Indians called this type of storm up in the mountains in this season a monsoon. Today we traveled through Albuquerque, and I went to the university to pick up info about transferring, tuition, degrees, etc. It is a beautiful campus, and like any university, there was the main drag where all the shops are. This campus is off a street called Central. I have noticed that most college towns tend to be a bit trendy, and driving down Central I noticed that it was not excluded, but for some reason it wasn’t a turn off. Granted, VW vans were in abundance, I think I counted at least twenty, but I have to admit I found it rather appealing. Actually, in all honesty, I love this place. The atmosphere seems inviting, and all the locals that I came into contact with were extremely nice people. I wonder if they know how lucky they are.
July 16, 2000