Mountains, cool air, honky tonks, and trail runs.
On the weekends especially, Win, Place, and Show is packed to the gills with dressed-up dancers. We liked to sit in the gold vinyl booths, listening to the band and watching everyone twirl.
The wind always smelled like wild mint and warm sweet flowers.
A couple days into the trip, we drove up to the top of West Mountain outside of Capitan. The road up was 45 minutes of big rocks and serious 4x4. When we finally got to our camping spot, I went out on the rocks with the dogs until the sun sank down. The entire evening was spent checking in on the light and noticing how it moved across the valley.