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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

Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
There are so many things to do and so many sights to see in Yosemite, I found it a challenge to know where to start. We flipped through our guide books and studied our maps and decided that the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail seemed like a good opener.
Our Avocados
Our Avocados
As you can see, we made it to Hawaii. But not until we suffered a few days of total exhaustion in Seattle. We slept so much we barely made it out of the hotel. I suppose that’s what we get after working relentlessly for too many hours.
Harrington Hall
Harrington Hall
After a busy week of work, we decided to take a short break in London—a long weekend during which time we could relax and recharge.