Crownpoint, New Mexico, is one of those places that makes clear the extent to which water (or its lack) constrains human geography.
Lissa and I drove out Friday evening to the monthly Crownpoint Navajo Rug Auction. Crownpoint’s the biggest city on the eastern edge of the Navajo Nation, but at a population of 2,500, it’s small. The embrace of an unbelievably green desert right now is striking (today is the ninth consecutive day with rain at our house, which I think is a record since I began tracking in 1999), but make no mistake – this is the desert. Place names around here are a testimony to longing for water – Littlewater, Mariano Lake, Casamera Lake, Smith Lake.