When we arrived in South Fork and I saw that we would be staying yards from the Rio Grande, I was amazed how connected I felt to this place that I have never been. The Rio Grande is the life blood of New Mexico, the place I consider home. It runs down the center of the state, and most of the bigger cities lie near it. Like this valley, it is one of the main water sources for the state. Knowing that the water that is roaring past my tent in South Fork will eventually reach the place I consider home, makes me feel connected, invested, protective, and proud of this water and the land it nourishes. I am excited to begin the field school in this valley that is simultaneous new but also familiar.