Autumn has officially arrived. My previous home of Las Vegas lacked true seasons, but here in New Mexico, I'm actually experiencing fall in the desert! I saw some wonderful fall colors along the Animas River in San Juan County, northwestern New Mexico. Animas means 'soul' in Spanish. The river was originally named "Rio de las Animas Perdidas", or "River of Lost Souls". Depending on where you get your information, the story will vary on how the river got it's name. I decided to tell the French version (which is of course, the most dramatic).
Native Americans living along this river years ago, were in constant threat by Europeans. Legend has it, they ran out most of the French trappers, but one stayed behind and fathered many children from Native women. When the Native Chief heard of this, he went on a rampage, finding these children and killing them all - throwing them into the river. I don't know if this is true, but looking at the Animas on a sunny fall day, you can almost see their souls dancing on the glistening waters.