I just arrived home from an inspiring trip to see the grandeur of Utah. I'm always amazed at the number of Californians who just don't get out there. I've now traveled quite a bit of the country out here and the West and Utah, remarkable Utah, is profoundly beautiful. It is also a state of very interesting people. You may have opinions about Mormons, one way or the other, but to dismiss Utah as, "that Mormon State" and not visit is an error.
Take Moab, for instance. It has to be one of the most diverse towns in the West. I had to fix a tire out there and I spent a few hours people watching in that fascinating place. There are artists, rednecks, hippies, survivalists, cyclists, bikers, 4 wheelers, hikers, photographers, television crews, geologists, literary types, workers, mechanics, tourists in all forms, naturalists, poets, school children, businessman, ranchers, miners, explorers, Park Rangers, and that's just the start. It is a slice of America like few other places. In fact, there is no other "small town" with such diversity that I've ever visited.
The word that kept coming to me on this trip was "awe". Funny enough, when I got home I found that Sierra magazine had published an article, in its' latest edition, about the brain changes that are created by our sense of awe.
I don't know how long I'll live but I know that being outdoors, and experiencing "awe" is good for my heart, soul, comfort and health.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of Utah on the "Trip Review" page and that they give you, at least, a tiny sense of the awe I experienced for a little over a week.
Here's to more AWE in your lives!
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