Chris says, "During a summer trip through northern New Mexico, I wanted to chart our daily progress up from Albuquerque through the High Road to Taos, west to Los Alamos and finally north and west of Taos. I wanted to increase the scale of the High Road leg so I could note features of the small villages (graffiti in Cordova, the Ortega family-weaving since 1729 in Chimayo, San Jose de Gracia Church in Trampas, and Sugar Nymph's Cafe in Picoris). These villages are amazingly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Not having the time to measure exact distances, I used the yellow box to signal changing scales.
"Most of these towns were founded as typical Catholic Spanish agricultural towns with native culture grafting onto their forms. But they're brutally poor and afflicted by typically urban problems: gangs, drugs, violence. The contradictions of northern New Mexico come hard and fast along the High Road."