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#100: Good morning

October 30, 2009

Sunrise in Monument Valley, mid-October.  I certainly won’t ever forget it.

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Nor will I forget the subtleties of the prior evening’s sunset.

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If you haven’t explored our beautiful country, I hope you might put that next trip to Europe on hold and see some of what we have to offer, right here.  To possess an affinity for American style and to not see the towns and terrain from which it is inspired is awfully sad.  I’m guilty, too, of dreaming of Florence and the Amalfi Coast instead, but traveling the Southwest does give me a renewed sense of ownership of and adoration for the USA (at least geographically and geologically, anyway…)

Oh, and in but-who-is-counting fashion, happy 100th post and anniversary to me!  Thank you to everyone who has tread across and continued to visit ISV since last October.  Love and thanks! XOX

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2009 6:41 am

    Gorgeous photos! I love the black silhouettes of the landscape in front of those beautiful coloured skies! And don’t worry, plenty of Europeans still dream of roadtripping it across America!

  2. October 30, 2009 3:38 pm

    these are beautiful i NEED to go back!!

  3. Axel permalink
    October 31, 2009 9:16 pm

    The last time I was in Monument Valley was sometime in the ’80s. I was vacationing with my brother. When we traveled together we would just drive around the west, seeing the places we wanted to see. This time we ended up in a part of Monument Valley where there was only one motel, and it was full.
    We drove down the road a ways and I spotted a nice big area where we could get off the road. We reclined the front seats in my Blazer and enjoyed a view of a sky bursting with stars like you never see in more populated, well-lit places. Every few minutes you could spot a metor burning up as it entered the atmosphere.
    We fell asleep, and eventually awoke at daybreak in the shadow of a large monument we hadn’t even noticed in the dark of the night. Too busy star-gazing, I guess.
    One of those travel memories I will never forget. It truly is a magical place.

  4. November 4, 2009 6:52 pm

    Great shots of MV, how did you ever awaken at that hour???
    Congrats on #100 post and to many many more

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