|stone railroad bridge near Santa Fe Rail Trail in New Mexico|
Before we begin our trail exploration, let's take a look at a couple southwestern recipes. We'll start w/ a "Regular Trail Burrito." Grab a tortilla, slap on some refried beans and chicken. Add a little rice & lettuce and there you have it.
Now let's spice it up New Mexico style. We'll toss in some green chiles, sliced jalapenos, add some spicy salsa and sprinkle on some jabeneros. Now you've got the Santa Fe Rail Trail. It is definitely a more spicy version of the typical rail trail.
Rather than rails to trails, New Mexico's Santa Fe Rail Trail is more of a "rails beside trails." For its entire length, the trail is accompanied by a functioning railroad line."
Thus starts the description in the latest Everytrail guide by trailking (yours truly).
I got a little wild & crazy on this one and tried to add a little more pizazz to the trail description. I'm not sure whether readers will prefer that style or not. You know how it is; some things you read for fun and others for information.
I suppose it's okay to mix them up to a certain extent, but it's a balancing act. When does the "creativity" take away from the narrative?
Actually, the way Everytrail has their guides structured, there's a little wiggle-room for mixing business with pleasure. It's possible to go a little crazy in the "Overview" and then give more detailed and succinct information in the Points of Interest section... or vice-versa.
Anyway, take a look at the Santa Fe Rail Trail guide and let me know what you think. Fun, distracting, or outright annoying?