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Land of Enchantment and a Tattoo

Updated on March 30, 2010

Ah New Mexico is really the Land of Enchantment, one of the most beautiful places that I have ever had the pleasure of living in. It is where I saw snow falling for the first time and where I got my first tattoo.

I was 23 years old when I first moved to New Mexico, I had married a man in the Air Force and we were expecting my daughter. To say that I wasn’t thrilled to be moving to the desert is an understatement, I had lived by the coast all my life and the prospect of having to live in the desert for who knows how long, was not pleasing to me. I hated it from the moment that I got there.

We were getting stationed at Holloman Air Force Base and the only thing I knew of it was that it was a nuclear base, (at the time) and close by was the sight of Los Alamos, the site where they first tested the atomic bomb that would later destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Holloman is the home of the Stealth Fighter and also there were lots of rumors of UFO's and of course the story of supposedly crash landing of aliens. The "aliens" were supposedly taken to Holloman Air Force Base, but of course no one can confirm or deny this. LOL

The only thing that I miss about Holloman Air Force Base is the people that I had the pleasure of meeting there. Some I still keep in touch with and most have gone their separate ways, but there was so much discourse between my exhusband and I during this time that the memories of this place are kind of tainted for me. There were many years there that were like hell to me because of my marriage. But I definitely miss New Mexico and its beauty. I have only been back once with my new husband to visit White Sands and other places.

Cloudcroft New Mexico
Cloudcroft New Mexico
Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino and Hotel
Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino and Hotel
White Sands National Park
White Sands National Park
New Mexico landscape
New Mexico landscape
My Kokopeli tattoo
My Kokopeli tattoo

When I fall in Love

Well just one New Mexico sunset was enough for me to fall in love with the mountains. We lived surrounded by mountains and when the sun set, it would paint the prettiest pictures on the mountains.

When it got too warm during the summers, my children and I would go up to a little town in the mountains called Cloudcroft and we would spend hours hiking up there. It was always nice to spend the day there, we would picnic and then hike. I loved those days and so did my children.

Further up the mountain past Cloudcroft you will eventually get to the Mescalero Reservation. This was the first for me as well visiting a reservation. There is a fabulous casino and hotel there and when I lived in New Mexico it was beautiful but recently it was redone and now it looks like something you would find in Las Vegas. Lots of tourists, its sensational. There is even a legend that it is haunted. Apparently the story is of an unrequited love between a girl and boy and she supposedly jumped from the window and killed herself, and the legend is that on a crisp, clear night she can be seen looking out of one of the windows. Now that the casino and hotel has been redone, maybe the legend or the haunting doesn’t exist anymore, not sure on that one.

One of the places that anyone that goes to this area of New Mexico should see is the White Sands National Park. Its amazing all this white gypsum sand for miles and miles that was created by nature hundreds of years ago. It always reminded me of the beach without any water.

I also fell in love with the Kokopeli legend. The Kokopeli is supposed to be this little Indian man playing the flute and is the fertility deity, depending on what tribe you ask, there will probably be a different story for him but the gist of it is that he plays his flute around the tribe’s women in hopes that it will make them fertile. Of course there are other beliefs behind the Kokopeli as well, but I just thought the look of it was interesting and therefore before I left New Mexico, I left with a Kokopeli tattoo and now that I live in Texas, most people either don’t know what it is or never heard of it. But that’s okay because I don’t regret getting it. It was the most endearing thing that I took with me from New Mexico after living there for 10 years and it will last as long as I do and that’s more than I can say for the marriage.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    bruzzbuzz thanks for reading and I agree about New Mexico it really is awesome. Cheers.

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    bruzzbuzz 7 years ago from Texas , USA

    Great hub. I lived in Hobbs and Carlsbad most of my life. It really is enchanting.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Ha Wayne you sure are observant and funny. I really didn't mean to come off that way because even though the marriage fell apart, our friendship didn't. We are very close now and I guess that shows that sometimes you should never marry someone and just remain friends with them, sure would prevent any discourse thats for sure. And as for the tatoo, I still love it as it does bring out the good memories. THanks for reading. Cheers.

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    Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

    LJ...I love your references to indifference..."I had married a man in the Air Force.." Love that line, kind of like "I had decided to join the circus..." It speaks volumes for the disdain you apparently developed for him over the years. I found myself wondering if you connect any negatives to the tatoo? Thanks for a good read! WB

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    hypnodude thanks for the read. If you ever get to see New Mexico you wont be disappointed. Cheers

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    Andrew 8 years ago from Italy

    Very interesting hub, and from your description New Mexico seems a very great place to see. I like Kokopelli character too. Thumbs up.:)

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    Mickey Dee thanks for stopping by and Im so jealous. I wish I had a kokopeli lamp. They are quite interesting and they can be designed in so many ways. Thanks again good to see you. Cheers.

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    Micky Dee 8 years ago

    Yo Ladyjane- I have two Kokopeli lamps in my living room right now. Had them for years. Maybe Kokopeli riding a bicycle should be my next tattoo. Great hub!

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    nellieanna thanks so much for reading it is always so nice to see your beautiful happy face, it brings a smile to my face. Yes it is indeed a small world and smaller than most people think. From one once military wife to another, cheers and blessings.

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    Nellieanna Hay 8 years ago from TEXAS

    So interesting and you do have a charming way of bringing the reader right into your story and scenario.

    I can identify with several of your experiences in fact. Was married - unhappily - to an AF guy, though he didn't stay in the service. He eventually became a teacher and won an NSF grant to get his Masters degree in Arizona. It was the best year of the entire marriage, in fact. Rather interesting how people's experiences can resemble, isn't it? I'm glad we both found happier times!

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    billyaustindillon 8 years ago

    A great read - thanks for sharing about the native American traditions and your personal experiences. I look forward to reading more hubs.

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    breafastpop you are so sweet thank you. You definitely should put New Mexico on your list because it is much more than a desert. Cheers.

    @Sandyspider thanks for stopping by and thanks for the luck. I hope I make it. lol

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    Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Interesting hub and photos. Good luck on your 30 hubs.

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    breakfastpop 8 years ago

    I love the way you write, I really do.I would love to visit New Mexico, it sounds amazing. Sorry to hear about your marriage, ladyjane.

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    starme77 nice to see you again I appreciate your kind words. Blessings

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    starme77 8 years ago

    Hey Lady Jane this is Awesome :) and I really mean that - looking forward to more of your hubs :)

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for reading and I will check you out. Welcome to hubpages.

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    LavonLove 8 years ago

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    ladyjane1 8 years ago from Texas

    Crazdwriter how sweet are you? I appreciate you reading and I definitely know that my exhusband made many sacrifices for his country as well as yours does. Even though our marriage didn't last he was and still is very patriotic and doesn't regret anything he did for this country. Thanks again and blessings to you.

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    Crazdwriter 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your hub. Thank you for sharing this with us. And tell your husband thank you for his sacrifices. And THANK YOU for your sacrifices as well. From one military wife to another thank you!

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