Boston -> Vegas

Clinton Library Rocky Mountain National Park

Dead Horse State Park

Here are a few pictures from the cross-country trip Lee and I made from Boston to Las Vegas. The top left picture is from the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; the top right picture is from about 10,000 ft. at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado (Lee is standing on the large boulder); and the bottom picture is from Dead Horse State Park in Utah (you might recognize the river bend canyon (or a similar one) from Koyaanisqatsi). I'll likely put up larger versions of all of our pictures within a week two, so keep an eye out.

Some highlights from our trip:

  • Visiting Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Paying $22/ea. to visit Graceland, and not feeling a sense of shame after the visit (before is another matter)
  • Realizing in West Memphis, AK that our oil cap had been missing from the beginning of our trip, and then visiting four auto shops twice each before finding one that fit. The first three auto shops were staffed and patronized by mostly black people. The last auto shop, which had a not-so-subtle four-leaf clover on its sign, was staffed and patronized by all white people
  • Visiting the Clinton Libary in Little Rock and feeling depressed about our current leadership (and about how Clinton blew his legacy and the Democrat Party's legitimacy for (hopefully no more than) 6 years
  • New Mexico; Sante Fe and its environs
  • Finally seeing some Cambridge-types in Boulder, CO; noticing The Onion has an office there; buying the New York Times and realizing for the first time that the levees had broken in New Orleans; listening to talk radio and realizing that even the right-winger hosts were mad at the Bush administration; being really depressed about the government's response in New Orleans
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Visiting the headquarters of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City
  • Utah; Arches National Park; Canyonlands National Park; Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado; seeing the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi means "enemy of Najavao" so is sort of innapropriate) cliff dwellings in person
  • Grand Canyon
  • Driving over a dark mountain after having crossed the Hoover Dam at 3am and seeing a huge field of lights in all directions suddenly appear: Las Vegas

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