Vacation Journal continues …
Our trip covered almost 2000 miles in the SUV, so there was plenty of time to enjoy the views and think. I had a book along (actually, the huge Real George Washington that I reviewed last month), but I felt kind of guilty doing much reading. It seemed like I should look out and soak up the views as much as possible.
Others in the vehicle, however, had no such compunctions.
It’s true that God’s creation is amazing anywhere, really, but the west just has such beautiful vistas. I mean, can you imagine waking up to this every day?
Despite the natural beauty, one big impression I got was that of poverty. Now, I’m aware that most people living in big houses probably don’t build right along the major roads, but we passed mile after mile of houses like this:
Lots and lots and lots of Indians around. One indian guy I talked to at the Santa Fe market was wearing an AA T-shirt. I really wanted to take his picture, but thought that would be pretty tacky ( I’m sure we’d all like to be discussed on someone’s blog because we’re a great example of a negative stereotype of our ethnic or racial group).
We drove through large areas classified as reservations (I always thought of reservations being a building, or at most like a 10-acre campus or something, but these were vast, vast stretches of land, mainly filled with cheap houses and the like:
One evening we drove through Colorado City, Arizona, near the border with Utah. Having read the fascinating Under the Banner of Heaven, I knew that Colorado City is a hotbed of polygamy, practiced by the mormon’s officially-disowned step-sister, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was so excited, scanning the horizon for a glimpse of a polygamist compound. You would have thought a Princess Diana sighting was possible. I had the whole family looking:
Mom, what exactly are we looking for?
Well, I wasn’t sure, but I was sure trying to spot something. Maybe there would be some quickly-put-up pole barns and lots of wimmin and chillen running around in Little House on the Prairie garb?
Alas, this would have to do for my exposure to Colorado City:
See anything that looks unusual?