Take the back roads instead of the highways. - Minnie Pearl
Recently, as I was returning home from a few days out of town, backroads and byways I'd never before traversed beckoned me to follow. I headed their call. Vistas vast and seemingly unending greeted me as I followed the winding twists and turns of the road.
I was struck by the reflection of the surrounding scene in the window of this one-room schoolhouse. I thought to myself what an amazing thing it must have been to have such views encompassing one while learning.
|One room schoolhouse - Fruita, Utah|
This scene seemed to capture a sense of homecoming, of peace and serenity, after a day spent eking out a living amidst the beautiful but often unforgiving terrain. I am in awe of the perseverance and courage it must have taken to settle and thrive in the shadows of the redrock.
|Gifford Farm, Capitol Reef, Utah|
I think perhaps a little bit of their pioneering spirit lives on in me because as I left the majestic landscape behind me I longed to stay and explore. Yet on that day I had to finish my journey home. Still, it seems as though a part of me was left there wandering among the monoliths and crags awaiting the time when I return again.
|Yes, I do exist - despite rumors to the contrary...|
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