Catron County, New Mexico has about 400 miles of paved road, and we're planning to walk every mile of it ... eventually ...

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Down to Luna

Saturday 4/16 - 7.5 miles on 180, from the Arizona state line down to Luna, ending with all-you-can-eat ribs at the Granary Cafe. Everybody raves about these ribs - in my opinion they're slightly better than mediocre, and slightly overpriced, and don't even ask to take home your gnawed on bones for your dog. It's not allowed. Don't ask. Don't even bring it up.

Luna was settled by Mormons and has an LDS church. I'm not normally one to go around trashing other people's belief systems, but I will just say that the Mormon church is not my cup of tea. For an really interesting recent book about Latter Day Saints, read Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer - same guy who wrote Into Thin Air, about an ill-fated expedition up Mt. Everest, and Into the Wild, about a young man who went alone into the wilderness and froze to death, leaving a diary and a lot of questions. Under the Banner of Heaven is about two Mormon men who murdered their brother's wife and child, apparently under instructions from God, and in telling their story and trying to understand what made them tick, what makes any religious fundamentalist tick, Krakauer explores the history of the Mormon church and their current practices in great depth. Very interesting reading. Another book has recently come out, by a woman who left the church, called Leaving the Saints -
I haven't read it yet. So many books, so little time.


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