"In the end, places like Ghost Ranch defy our explanations of them. While certainly a landscape can be explained in terms of the different strata of rock in a landform or the flora and fauna that occupy the land, for me the true meaning of a place transcends mere description. Ghost Ranch, and places like it, exist simply to exist. In so doing they can inspire and instruct, they can transform us and perhaps help us find our place and connection in the world . . . "
from Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (p. xiv)