THE PERFECT STORM
TAOS, New Mexico Lightening whips the air. Hard nuggets of ice slice the haze under Wheeler Peak. The group skittles downhill, shrieking. The Kix-sized pellets smart and ten of us gallump into one vehicle: a game of sardines for sardonic professionals.
The windshield wipers smear slush. "Let's go shopping," someone suggests.
Aw, no. C'mon...
Except we noodle about boutiques in Arroyo Secco, an S-curve colonized by hippies. They hawk handmade jewelry, vintage salt and pepper shakers, pottery thrown on-site. I purchase a cobalt mug and organic-fiber potholder silk-screened with a crow neither of which I need.
But they'll hang in the kitchen, reminders of this day, this grumpy mountain shrouded in afternoon clouds, this accident be-jeaned amateurs in the fickle-weathered Rockies that dwindled to anecdote.