A colorful sunset reflecting in the still waters of the Rio Grande in New Mexico.
The full moon rising over a mesa as it begins its journey across the night sky.
A cross-section of the road and a frozen stream in the Gila National Forest.
Exploring the hills surrounding the Rio Grande in New Mexico.
First night in a new camp site on the river. Is that Mars I see in the sky?
This is my new campsite on the Rio Grande near Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. I was shocked to find nobody out here… it’s like beachfront property! Infinite drinking water, swimming, and fish to eat just 5 seconds from my front door.
I’ve been taking a lot of sunset photos lately. It’s hard to resist in a place like New Mexico where every night takes your breath away in a completely new way.
Visited the White Sands National Monument today. It’s amazing how a flat dirty desert instantly turns into towering white dunes of sand with no warning.
Enjoying my very own sunset with nobody around for miles.
Cooking some rice with a few sticks and twigs I found lying around. Rocket Stoves are the way to go!
I’m visiting southern New Mexico near the Carlsbad Caverns for a few days. First stop is along the Pecos River. I slept on top of my truck to avoid rattlesnakes and was greeted with this view upon waking.
I visited the Jemez Historic Site with a friend yesterday. These are the remains of a small Native American village from the early 1600s.
One of the things I’ve missed most in the 15 or so years since I was training to be a Zen Monk at the monastery in Jemez Springs is the tranquil Hot Springs available on site. So nice to return to its healing waters.
I just arrived back in Jemez Springs after over a decade. Once upon a time I trained to be a Zen Monk here at the monastery in the tiny town. Memories!
The Organ Mountains of New Mexico a few hours before sunset. This is my latest campsite while touring the Southwest United States living in my truck.
The sun had risen about 30 minutes earlier, but it decided to hide behind a rock to do it all over again. I can understand, it was a glorious sunrise!
I climbed the mountains behind my campsite early this morning because they were blocking my view of the Blood Moon eclipse. Unfortunately there was always another mountain once at the top, but I was still treated to some magical lighting as the sun came.
I woke up after my first night at Saddle Mountain to this beautiful sunset. I’m really loving the deserts of Arizona!
This was taken my first night at Saddle Mountain in Arizona. It’s my favorite camping site while living in my truck so far! I was able to use Four Wheel Driver to get deeper into the wilderness than most.
I’m finding tons of mounds with large holes burrowed by an unknown animal in Las Cienegas in Southern Arizona. I’m guessing they are rabbits because I spooked one in the grass when I woke up this morning.
This small region of southern Arizona is covered in tall grass, and stands out in stark contrast to the cactus covered deserts which surround the area in all directions. I felt like I had suddenly driven into an entirely different part of the country.