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New Mexico

How do I sum up New Mexico? that's tough. I could go on and on about White Sands, or try explain the feeling of seeing a sunrise in a hot air balloon, and even then, it couldn't illustrate those experiences enough. I get why people choose New Mexico to retire or embark on some life changing pilgrimage. For me, I just a Boyz II Men video and wanted to go. What I love most is how quiet it all was. There was no rush, no pressure, no urgency. I think that's what allowed me to really take it all in.

Above: You can fit 275,000 basketballs into the largest hot air balloon. At least once, everyone should experience floating over Albuquerque, New Mexico at over 6,000 feet.

Below, left to right: Access points of Slot Canyon at Kasha-Katuwe become so narrow you have to hike sideways. I was in Timbs and didn't make it through to the end.

Above: The backdrop to some of Hollywood's biggest films; acres of prehistoric land considered an archeologist's treasure chest. Most notably, the creative refuge of famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Below, left to right: These white sands—and much of New Mexico's surround—are what inspired NEEDS&WANTS' Spring/Summer 2016 collection. I did an entire White Sands retrospective a few posts back.

These photos (all shot with my phone) have been sitting on my desktop for months since we got back. In hindsight, I should've just uploaded them as full images in a thread, but my thinking at the time was how I would lay the images out in a book. I forgot to include the horse back riding tour through Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch. Shit. It was beautiful. Maybe I'll save that for a book?