Burning Man and The American Southwest

I finally got around to posting photos from last years trip. It went like this: Burning Man to Utah to New Mexico to Colorado. As someone who loves to travel to lands other than my own, I was reminded how much I am missing in my own country. Road trips are, of course, the best way to see a place. We drove through old mining towns, so well-preserved they seemed stuck in time. We drove by an abandoned and overgrown town from the early 1800’s, an archway to the town cemetery on the side of the road the only thing left to see. We drove on vast and open roads with nothing but quiet land on either side, with the occasional dinosaur quarry landmark to interrupt the emptiness.

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I couldn’t take enough photos of the Salt Flats. Bordering Nevada and Utah, they are an unbelievable sight at any time of year. I love the way the ground and sky almost get lost in each other in shades of blue and grey.

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New Mexico is one of my favorite states in the US. The sky has a deep stormy blue that seems ominous and inviting, in stark contrast to the land below. Chaco Canyon in New Mexico was home to ancient pueblo people, between 950 AD and 1150 AD, and the park today has really maintained an authentic feel. After miles of driving through muddy and bumpy roads, by the time you arrive at Chaco, you can be sure to have left all the marks of civilization behind. The night sky is endless with stars, and it isn’t hard to imagine why this place was so sacred to the ancient peoples.

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We also couldn’t help but stop by Mesa Verde since it was so close…

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We came across an abandoned gas station somewhere between New Mexico and Utah…

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Moab, Zion, Bryce Canyon – I love summers in Utah. I love camping and sleeping through the warm and windy nights. This is my second time in Moab, and I never feel like there is never enough time to explore.

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I highly recommend hiking the narrows in Zion. It is an all-day event, and quite the workout, but it is totally worth it.

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Unfortunately, I only got about two hours in Death Valley. Death Valley has a feel of another world, almost like a place out of fantasy book. It is a land of endless pastel colors, sand dunes, distant mountains, and a brilliant night sky. As we drove through the park at 7 pm, the temperature was 106 degrees.

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