Our road trip to Utah to celebrate my mother’s 88th birthday was a journey into memory landscapes. It’s been 18 years since B and I made the drive from Seattle to the Wasatch Front. It’s just been easier to fly back and forth across that great expanse. But driving through this beautifully desolate western landscape captured our imaginations. Both of us remembered road trips from years ago, and it was easy to imagine this landscape 100 or 150 years ago…Vast distances, stark beauty, distant mountains, huge sky, amazing clouds, and heat.
I grew up in these beautiful landscapes, and these vistas shaped my thinking and my sense of place in the world. My chosen home now is a water world, full of green with towering trees, instead of a desert world. But the perspective given me by basin and range helped shape who I am today.
What an enjoyable drive through this memory-filled western landscape!