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Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Monday, November 5th, 2012 in Utah
Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Every time I visit places west of the 100th meridian, I realize how much I miss making art. There is something about the light and the colors in the rock and the warmth of the sun that makes me want to be outside sketching and painting and drawing. Over the past two decades, my (corporate) work schedule has slowly and systematically consumed more and more of my life energy, so much so that being creative is no longer something I spend much time doing. And I miss it. I am angry that it’s come to this, that my creative outpouring has dried up like the furthest reaches of the Colorado River.

There is a beautiful observation that N. Scott Mumaday makes in Ken Burns’ documentary, The West. In the opening minutes of the series, N. Scott Mumaday says of the American West:

It is a dream. It is what people who have come here from the beginning of time—have dreamed. It’s a dream landscape. To the Native American, it’s full of sacred realities. Powerful things. It’s a landscape that has has to be seen to be believed. And I say on occasion, it may have to be believed in order to be seen.”
~ N. Scott Mumaday

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Assortment

A Change of Plans
A Detour to Arches 1
One of the things I find most appealing about road trips is that you can change your plans at any point. When we decided to leave Mexican Hat early, we revised our itinerary to accomodate a quick trip to Arches National Park.
Mitchell Park Conservatory
Mitchell Park Conservatory
January is getting to me. I made it through most of the month without complaining about the weather, but I can take it no more. I am finally and officially sick of winter. It’s cold, its grey, and I’ve had enough.
Lakewood Forest Preserve
Lakewood Forest Preserve
After three months of biking eastward along the North Shore Bike Path, it was time to venture in the opposite direction. The only westbound bike path within reasonable distance of my house was the Millenium Path.