Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. - Mary Jean Iron

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Yesterday we felt like we just drove and drove and drove but it was absolutely wonderful. Our route took us along several of the scenic byways of southern Utah, which meant we had the roads all to ourselves while marveling at some of the most breathtaking views in the nation. 

After a very fun night with cousins in the southwestern corner of Colorado we spent the first half of our day at Mesa Verde. We had a terrible tour guide who talked at a snails pace and prefaced every speech with something like "Now I am going to tell you two important pieces of information...". It was hilarious. 

From Mesa Verde we drove back into Utah and up the Moki Dugway and Hwy 95 to Capitol Reef National Park. I also forgot to mention that we are almost finished with Steinbeck's East of Eden and we are completely hooked. If you haven't read it, please please do, and we would both recommend popping it in your cassette player while driving the backroads of the great west.
     
Enjoying a peaceful evening at the wind whistler campground. 

 
Our hike in the Needles portion of Canyonlands National Park
 
A brief stop at Natural Bridges National Monument. 


       


 

3 comments:

Annie said...

I am glad to see that you are enjoying yourselves. Please continue to update your blog as I love to follow you through your adventures!

deni said...

What a wonderful adventure. I am so happy you are having this great experience and spending well-deserved time together--what a memorable trip filled with beautiful nature and beautiful literature!

Anna said...

Maggie, I'm so enjoying catching up on your blog! And when I saw that you loved "East of Eden" I had to comment--its one of my favorites. You and Adam seem to be doing so well and I'm so happy for your both. Hope your end of the semester finals go well!