Bounty Hunting in Madrid
After a solid month of adventures, this is the first outlaw adventure that Cat and I were able to
share. We journeyed to Madrid, NM. Jasmin and Michael were our brave companions.
After chasing Loki and Genevieve around the apartment lot, and an anticlimatic bad car battery, we were off.
Madrid, NM is east of Albuquerque, behind the majestic Sandias right on North 14 on what is enchantingly known as the Turquoise trail. Formerly a coal mining town, Madrid is now a small oasis for artists and tourists. It's still full of history, though. The Mine Shaft saloon has a museum that houses an entrance to the real mine and the baseball field was the first field with electric lights in the country, making it possible for the miners to play ball late into the beautiful summer evenings.
In a land full of treasure, we mooncussers were ready to hunt. Before we left Cat and I made a list of bounties (which is something we do on occasion any normal day).
Things we must find:
Cat--the key to a portal
Kristian--an object that belonged to a witch that was killed
Michael--an ingredient to a curse
Jasmin--a piece of buried treasure
We wandered around the Main Street, through the artist shops and antique stores. We tried the fried green chile at the Mine Shaft. We found our bounties, and made some friends. Madrid really did feel like an oasis.
Only three miles north of Madrid is Cerillos, one of the oldest turquoise mines in North America since at least 900 AD. Cerillos turquoise is displayed and sold throughout Madrid, and it is a stunning in variable color like the green and brown woven into the New Mexican landscape. The Aztec (Nahuatl) word for turquoise is "chalchihuitl" explained:
"The Nahuatl word for emerald (and turquoise and jade and any other precious green stone) is chalchihuitl. It cannot be broken down any further. It looks as though it might be made up of two parts: chal + chihuitl, but it isn't. It is an independent morpheme. All of our early sources are uniform in describing it as a word for green stone or emerald. Chalchihuitl is a very flexible term, as noted. It can really be used for any precious green stone and thus became associated with turquoise and jade, although there is a real range of colors, hardness, etc. among those three. Metaphorically is also has connotation of preciousness. It appears frequently as "my precious green stone, my beloved." --Dr. John F. Schwaller of the University of Minnesota, Morris
--My precious green stone, my beloved.--
Turquoise eyes in the earth. I've been thinking a lot about plate tectonics and time and how the earth formed herself, before we have human memory. "I wonder, when the earth stopped forming herself to let herself be shaped by us" is the first line of a poem I've been working on for a few months, that I can't seem to unlock. The more I see, the more its that I have to be willing to see those fingerprints, and see that adventure upturns mystery, or mines it--if you will. Imagine that before all these footsteps, the earth was filled with treasure we have taken for ourselves. Now, we're fighting a battle to save the planet, reduce waste, and be environmentally conscious. It's a small price to pay back for the years and wonders that this planet and the Creator have given us. Sometimes, I think adventure is all about recognizing sacrifices.