7.19.2012

Road trip

I love, love, love the Southwest.  Having spent most of my life living in one part or another of it, I never tire of the vast variety of landscape and climate.  Within a day's drive, you can go from arid desert to forested peaks to dramatic sandstone cliffs and pinnacles.  And always, the views that stretch on forever.

One of my favorite things to do is to take a road trip through this incredibly scenic part of America.  We did that this last month for some vacation time with our families in Arizona, taking a more rural route and drinking in the ever-changing scene before us.  I thought you might enjoy a "postcard" look at some of the contrasts of this wonderful land...

Mountain vistas...


And mountains in the sky...


Funny shapes....




I got to touch four states all at once--Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona--the only place this happens in our country.  Notice the inscription around the landmark...

"Four states here meet in freedom under God."  Amen!


We passed the aftermath of one of the recent Colorado forest fires, still smoldering, miraculously stopped just at the back yard of several mountain homes...


Some views seem bleak and barren...but there's something about the spaces untouched by civilization that breathe rest to the soul...


Vertical drama...


Beauty in the little things...


...and beauty in the big!...


4 comments:

  1. Lovely post, my dear! Isn't the southwest beautiful?!

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  2. Oh, wow! Those are some beautiful places you visited. I so want to take my family out west one day. I went a couple times in my teens. I remember it well. So lovely!

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  3. Such beautiful photos. Looks like you had a great time. I really want to go to the four corners sometime. It's not all the far from us here in Idaho, we'll have to try and go. :)

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  4. Yvette7/23/2012

    Wow! That was so fun to get to take the trip with you through this post! Beautiful pictures and great accompanying narration! It gave me a good vision of that part of the country. Wonderful!

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