David Ryan, Wandering in the Clear Light of New Mexico

Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 6:00pm

We are excited to welcome David Ryan for a reading and signing of his new book, Wandering in the Clear Light of New Mexico.

Wandering in the Clear Light of New Mexico by David Ryan is a book about the state’s special places. Places that are compelling enough or important enough to warrant a trip across the country or ocean to check out.

The book is for those already living in the state, planning to visit the state, and for those who may have forgotten what makes New Mexico so special.

Beginning with Carlsbad Caverns, Taos Pueblo, and Chaco Canyon, New Mexico has three of the nation’s 25 UNESCO-Designated World Heritage Sites (no other state has as many). But that’s only the beginning, you’ll also discover in this book:

Landscapes and landforms that will knock your socks off.
Locations that have inspired great works of art.
Amazing archaeological sites.
Native communities.
The World’s First Designated Wilderness Area.
The nation’s most remote and beautiful monastery.
The site of the very first atomic bomb explosion and many other locations of scientific, historical, and cultural achievement.

David Ryan left his conventional job in the business world at the age of 49 to rearrange his life into a mixture of income-producing and personal activities. Since making that change, he has found time to walk the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail from end to end, walk the Camino de Santiago from France to Santiago de Compostela in the west of Spain, become involved in archaeology, earn a black belt in aikido, and pursue several other outdoor and walking activities. For the past 18 years he has explored the New Mexico backcountry, looking for previously unknown archaeology sites as a volunteer for the Bureau of Land Management. He is the author of Long Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail for the Older AdventurerThe Gentle Art of WanderingThe Bisbee Stairs, and a blog on walking and wandering at gentleartofwandering.com. David lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Claudia, and his three dogs, Paddy, Petey, and Sparky. 

Event address: 
4022 Rio Grande blvd nw
Albuquerque, NM 87107