Sunday Driver: Business or Pleasure?

Jim Burroway

September 20th, 2009

Entrance to the Holy Ghost Recreation Area, Pueblo Jemez Indian Reservation, NM.

Entrance to the Holy Ghost Recreation Area, Pueblo Jemez Indian Reservation, NM.

So where have I been?

HIExpressPosting has been sparse here on BTB lately, and that’s partly my fault. I’ve been on travel for work, and our latest project has been sending me to a plant on the Navajo Indian Reservation in the Four-Corners area of New Mexico. The project will likely continue for the next three weeks or so, then things should return to normal around here.

I enjoy traveling for work though, even if I can’t get out and see much of anything beside the hotel, the plant site, or a restaurant that looks like every other restaurant in the country. Not everywhere is exotic or endlessly fascinating, but everywhere is somebody’s home. And getting to know somebody’s home is always an interesting opening. The Navajo are a reserved people, but that doesn’t lessen their friendliness or their gentle, good-natured ribbing. It’s fun to work when your co-workers are eager for a good laugh despite the pressure of looming deadlines and technical challenges.

Along US Rt. 550, on the way to Four Corners

Along US Rt. 550, on the way to Four Corners

One of these days I’ll stop alongside some of the roads and take some pictures. It’s a beautiful drive between work and the hotel. Four-corners is amazing — Shiprock, Aztec, Mesa Verde, Thoreau, Farmington… I hope someday soon to have the time to tell you all about it.

Richard W. Fitch

September 20th, 2009

Oh, to unpack this one: “The Navajo are a reserved people”.

Alan

September 20th, 2009

I think you’re right, even places that aren’t exotic can indeed be interesting.

Coming from the Midwest, we don’t really have any mountains or beaches or deserts. But there are still things to see even if they’re humble rather than grand.

I suspect the Four Corners area is like that.

Timothy Kincaid

September 21st, 2009

FYI: I too have been posting little. I am quite busy with my real job at the moment.

I’m sorry, folks. Sometimes Jim and I both get swamped at the same time.

Jerry Sloan

September 21st, 2009

Hi, Is the Holy Ghost Recreational Area Federal property?

If it is it would seem a violation of Church and State to have federal land with such a name.

brian Nesbitt

September 21st, 2009

ah, the photos of the landscape make me miss my home state. then the memories of growing up gay in a small new mexico town kick in and i come back to my senses. nice landscapes though….

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2009

Jerry,

It is federal property. I suspect the name has a historical connection (maybe a Holy Ghost mine, for example). Names often carry historical remnants like this. Citys and towns throughout the southwest derive their names from historic missions or church parishes (virtually any San or Santa name, for example). I wouldn’t read to much into this one.

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