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Lotsa Redrock

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 in Utah
Lotsa Redrock

This is one of those vistas that made me think of the scene from Lawrence of Arabia in which TE Lawrence and Sherif Ali stood at the edge of Nefud Desert, which of course they had to cross in order to attack Aqaba by the land. And although trudging across the Nefud was Lawrence’s rather brilliant idea, when actually faced with the task, he found it less than entirely appealing.

At the edge of the harshest part of the Nefud, the stretch of sand that Sherif Ali called the “Sun’s Anvil”, Lawrence paused and stared out over the sweltering horizon. He turned to Ali and snapped:

And how much more of THAT is there?

I know how he must have felt. Of course, Arches is no Nefud, but then I’m no TE Lawrence. Fortuantely, the stretch of land in these photos wasn’t one I actually had to cross (the photos were taken looking sideways from the trail). But that’s irrelevant to the point: I still felt as if I had THAT to cross.

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