Woof Trekking Dispatch #10: Longmire in Las Vegas, New Mexico, January 2016

Woof Trekking Dispatch #10: Longmire in Las Vegas, New Mexico, January 2016

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The newest season of Longmire premieres this Friday, September 23rd, on Netflix. We were devoted fans to this show while it was airing on A&E, but we might be one of the few people on Earth that doesn’t subscribe to Netflix, so we haven’t seen Season 4.

We did have the pleasure of seeing Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Craig Johnson at the Tucson Festival of Books last year.

Please Be Seated

You can see our blog post about their panel here. The show is based off a book series by Johnson based in a fictional town in Wyoming. However, they film the series in various locations in New Mexico.

This past January we were on a road trip to Colorado and we stopped in Las Vegas, New Mexico for lunch. On a whim, we decided to take a detour into the Old Town and see where some of Longmire is filmed.

The town of Las Vegas is fairly small, with a population of just over 14,000 people. Despite this, the town has a lot of history. In this town alone, there are 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. This NY Times article from 2007 gives an excellent description of the historic town.


At the heart of the Old Town Plaza is the Plaza Hotel that was built in 1882.
The Plaza Hotel
If you are looking at the hotel, you can turn to your left and cross S. Pacific Street and you are at the front door of the Sheriff’s Department of Durant, Wyoming in Absaroka County.
Approaching the Sheriff's Department
Here is a close up of the door. The door was locked when we visited, and also, to our surprise, we were the only ones interested in the building and door. We might have looked like some crazy strangers, if you didn’t know that Longmire was filmed here.
Knocking on Longmire's Door
The details on the door were amazing to us, since all the lettering was left in place even when they weren’t currently filming.
Close up of the Sheriff's Department Badge
This building was originally built in 1895 by the Veeder brothers who were attorneys and community leaders. Their office was on the second floor and a grocery store was on the first.
Wyoming in New Mexico!
The Plaza was pretty empty when we visited, probably because it was January and freezing. Christmas lights still hung in the trees. 🙂 The park benches are featured pretty regularly in Longmire.
The Old Town Park
Here is the official trailer for Season 5 and you can see Ferg and Vic sitting in the Old Town Plaza at the 0:46 mark.

Izzy loved running around the Plaza with the cool, winter air flowing through her ears.
Izzy Enjoying Las Vegas, New Mexico
This sculpture is called Nuestra Senora de los Dolores and was carved by Margarito Mondragon out of a dying Chinese Elm tree that was in the park. You can read more about this piece of artwork in the Las Vegas Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation Newsletter here.
Nuestra Senora de los Dolores
This second sculpture is called El Campesino by Peter Lopez. You can see a video of the different stages of the creation of the sculpture on the YouTube channel of Main Street de Las Vegas here.
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If you are ever in the area, it is totally worth it to take a little side trip to see this location.

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Two by Two: Into the White (FREE Excerpt)

Two by Two: Into the White (FREE Excerpt)

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Alternating between eager optimism and somber reclusion, Two by Two: Into the White examines morality and neuroses, agony and peace. The couplets transport readers from the sunny arroyos of the Sonoran Desert to the darkest, dampest corners of the human mind.

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Please enjoy this free excerpt from my book: Two by Two: Into the White.

into the white

gray paws sink deep into
the blanket of powder snow

gaze flickers between brother, sister
mother, father, patrolling their positions

all of their honey-gold eyes fixed on the
immense bison, he does not cower

dignified to his last, outweighing
the wolves combined

together they leap
a mass of growling gray fur

soaring at the neck
of the regal beast

he remains standing
as they wrestle and rip

his thick molasses fur
an insufficient defense

a groan escapes it before
snapping jaws succeed

the bison falls, surrendering
to the white snow

eerie howling reverberates
into the night
 

Thoughts on “Into the White”

Many poems in the collection feature a desert setting; this couplet is just the opposite. I wanted to capture the intense power of nature, of the wild, that is so captivating to human beings. We often feel cut off from nature, living in our cities and shopping at our grocery stores.

Then we visit nature, either through television or by visiting a national park, and some primal awareness clicks on in our brains from an earlier time. An ancient memory, perhaps from when we were hunters and gatherers, is triggered and the result is an inexplicable sense of déjà vu.

 

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Photo of the Week: Nephi, UT

Photo of the Week: Nephi, UT

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Snowy Landscape

Outside Nephi, UT off I-15. April 9, 2013.

Nephi Utah

iPhone 4s

ISO 50

f/2.4

4mm

1/1416

 

Being from the Arizona desert, I don’t see too much snow. We get maybe half an inch every other year. On these lucky occasions when I was growing up, all the students were rabid for a snow day.

 

No dice.

 

When I was nearly finished with school, I learned snow days were made up at the end of the school year. Zero interest in snow days after that. Who wants to stay in school longer than absolutely necessary?

 

Any time I see snow as an adult, I get excited. I am absolutely snap happy for snow. This photo was taken on a road trip to Salt Lake City two years ago.

 

What are your feelings on snow? Love it? Hate it? Neutral?

 

Lemme know below!

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