Kalya Scintilla played Saturday night at the Startribe music festival on Taos Mesa – and his show was excellent! The whole Startribe experience was an ideal introduction, for me, to the local scene. Playing music outdoors here is complicated by our infamous wind (especially out on the mesa!), but I thought the sound system was up to the task. We were on our feet wigglin’ for nearly all of Scintilla’s set.
I was pleased to see so many splendid dancers live in the community, and thrilled by all the fire dancing and poi!
There was a cool mystic quality, too, in the full moon on all the surrounding snow-capped mountains and the fires & lights on the desert. A strangely peaceful, surreal, and spiritual experience!
I have to be back in Bernalillo next week for a few days, namely to pick up a car, then will complete my move to the house here on the Rio Hondo. Our weather is becoming much prettier, though we’re having little rain showers in the afternoons which remind me more of the weather we expect here in Fall; but the late mornings and midday hours have gotten warm & sunny.
Much to the chagrin of locals, we’ve been named the most scenic place in the state by online travel guides; and, sure enough, there’s been an increase in foreigner sightings. I’m inspired to spend a lot of this Summer with the cameras and recorders to capture what I can of the place before more development occurs!
Like I said, it still gets cool in the afternoons and pretty darned cold at night; so I’ve not traded the axe for a fly rod just yet! Still gotta keep enough wood cut to run the stove at night – though we’ve had a few nights without it these last two weeks.
The wonderful things I’m discovering about living in Taos are coming to constitute a rather long list! I definitely like the music and dance scene, the peace-first attitude of all the local starchildren, the spiritual communities that converge so well in such a spectacular place, the availability of outstanding organic food at the local market, and the sheer magnificence of the wild surrounding country! We’re only half an hour from access points to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, ten miles from the peak itself, and very close to Red River and Eagle Nest. We’ve made some good trips already – mainly out on the West mesa and in the Rio Grande Gorge itself around the John Dunn crossing – but we’re really itchin’ to pack up the camping gear and disappear into the hills!
Sheesh! Between painting, taking photos, playing and recording music, fishing, camping, pokin’ around in the mountains, going to raves, and simply participating in a really cool community, I am going to have a busy Summer!