This last year has been so busy, that I really didn't get my usual vacation or even my mini vacations that I thrive on. That trip to Europe was okay, but it was still work dammit. I was out in the garage earlier this evening going through some of my gear and seeing what needed replacing and thinking about anything I might want to add. I'll be off to my favorite place on earth and doing my favorite thing while I'm there. Namely, getting completely away from humanity for a few days, where you have to shake out your boots in the morning before you put 'em on, where campfire coffee is the first rule of the day, where the best maps are the game trails and where 2 good horses are all the company you need. A few years ago, I came across some Anasazi (or maybe Membrino) ruins that I didn't have time to take a closer look at. This year, I want to see if I can find them again and photograph the hell out of it. It's not exactly legal to go in there, but then again, it's not exactly on any maps and there's not likely to be anyone within 50 or 60 miles I'm talking about New Mexico. I'll fly into El Paso and then drive on in to Silver City, spend the night with some friends and then head out at first light, pick up the horses and supplies and then just disappear for a while.