Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dopey New Year

Why have New Year's resolutions when you can have New Year's hallucinations? I know I did. Driving over a rocky, twisting road to a Mexican ranch, I glimpsed terra cotta tile roof surrounded by a sea of golden corn rows. Green squash and black beans grew in the field. Pirul trees, some with pale yellow pollen and others with bright orange berries, hung lazily over a small pond, while nopal and maguey dotted nearby hills and distant mountains.

I walked across the rutted cracking earth. A black puppy with white paws cavorted happily before me as a gray burro followed behind and nuzzled me with cautious affection. Such loyal, life-burden-accepting creatures. Red, pitted, volcanic rock jutted diagonally from the soil, where I spotted some peyote underneath.

Journalistic research time. Gently pulling out the pimply blueish top and woody brownish root of the cactus-looking, mushroom-feeling plant, I headed back to the house. The rest of my botanical pilgrimage appears in the upcoming book Fresh Wind & Strange Fire. This travelogue promises to be more than just your average trip.

1 comment:

  1. Carlos Anibal Herrera BarraganMarch 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    is very rare that plant looks like a hallucinogenic mushroom and apparently was a very nice trip hope you can read the next part

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