The Four Corners monument: where the four states of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet. We paid our $3, took our photos of us standing on all four states at once and left, but before we did....
I finally got to try Navajo fry bread, here on a Navajo Taco (vegetarian chili beans, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese and picante sauce), $8, which Steve and I shared even though I think it was only after 10 A.M.! Read more about it from What's Cooking America.
Off to Utah. Live elevated is right. We experienced much elevation, of body and mind.
Three Sisters to the left, which you'll hear in the Native American tradition of beans, corn and squash growing together.
Revering the grandmother. We live in a society of anti-aging, failing to understand the beauty of the wisdom that comes with growing older. I wish we valued knowledge the way we do vanity.
I've neglected my Retro Matinee Movie column lately, but I should have done one before I left on a John Wayne film. I haven't seen any John Wayne films at all, for shame!
Natural Bridges National Monument. Steve and I were here just as the park was closing and we saw hardly a soul. It was these quiet moments of nature and beauty and calm that I so crave lately and keep returning to in my mind. Modern society's always plugged in world is not for me.
A raven sits on the railing, and I thought of Colin in Ben Gadd's Raven's End. If I was a raven, this is as fine a place as any to settle.
"Time and distance surround the place here.
Step up, step up, step up.
The sky is open armed.
When the light is mine, I felt gravity pull." - R.E.M.'s Feeling Gravity's Pull
After minestrone soup, a veggie burger and frozen lemonade, it was marionberry pie a la mode, $5, at Old Thyme restaurant in Kanab, Utah, then off to bed.
National Arches Park. We finally wised up here and bought an $80 a year national parks pass which grants you access that covered both of us. I've just fallen in love with the national parks. Have you been to any, and are there ones you'd like to see?
Hiking up to the Delicate Arch. You gain 500 feet of elevation in a mile and half, but the views are stunning.
On this trip, I was definitely feeling the effect of a job where I'm sitting all day, and then sitting two and half hours roundtrip commuting, and when I come home too drained to do much but sit and watch a library DVD and go to bed.
I wish I had as much energy as this jack rabbit, who was scurrying into the distance. I feel like scurrying into the distance too.
And another magical day slumbers into evening in Utah.