“this is my favorite dirt road. it goes up to buttermilk and is mostly washboard and straight. it’s a modern dirt road, wider than most dirt roads. you can do fifty miles an hour on it. it’s sandy on the sides.”

18/10/2011 § 2 Comments

bill orcutt’s documentation of robert kinmont, my favorite dirt roads (1969)

 

drove in and around truth or consequences, new mexico last weekend.

on the way out to spaceport america we passed by elephant butte dam and through the pastures of ted turner’s bison ranch.  he owns over 300,000 acres of land in the area.  a bit further south and east is white sands missile range, location of the first nuclear bomb detonation.  after driving through large open expanses bracketed by low distant mountains we arrived at spaceport america, the future site of privately run space flight.  buzz aldrin and richard bronson would arrive in a day.

the first destination was the vertical launch pad.  as we approached the gate we noticed a dead antelope laying on the ground.  its mate stood nearby pacing nervously as the driver exited the van and opened the gate.  this was a beautiful and ominous space.

 

 

drive out to nowhere

a young hare

 

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