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  • I went there after spending a month camping at the hot springs in Arroyo Hondo north of Taos. I was driving an old 53 Chevy dump truck. That was my first car after five years of hitching. Anyway, I was broke while I was camping there and didn't have any getaway money until the day I walked down to American Hot Springs. It was about a two mile walk down the Rio Grande and halfway there I was startled by two dogs. One was full grown and rather nondescript except that it was foaming at the mouth. The other was a little nine or ten week old puppy. It was some type of husky with blue eyes. It preferred me over it's rabid companion and followed me when the other dog bolted.

    I remember that little puppy being shy of me and that its little paws were too tender to walk across the patches of hot sand. We were good friends by the time I got back to Arroyo Hondo though and quite popular too because when I rounded the last corner to the arroyo, I came upon a large group of tourists having an herb walk. There were about a hundred of them and they all gathered around. The puppy was beautiful and the people were entranced.

    Well, the tourists eventually got back to their walk except that a man at the back of the group took me aside and asked how much I would take for the dog. My first thought was that no amount of money would be enough but I spit out a number that I thought would be too much, $200. He frowned and said that he would give me that for the dog except that he would have to go back to Taos to get the money. Then he took his billfold out and pulled out a 100 dollar bill. I knew right then that if I waited for him to come back from Taos the next day that I would never part with the dog and, after grilling him about how he would treat the dog, took the hundred dollars.

    That's how I got to Farmington. I didn't do much except drive around downtown then head on West.
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