Memory Landscapes


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!






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8 thoughts on “Memory Landscapes

  1. Matt

    I like the picture of the open road. Road trips are often fun as the sceneries often take us back to where it all begins–being in touch with mother nature. 🙂

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  2. Kay

    I like imagining what it was like for those women who travelled across that barren, yet lovely, landscape and then came over the Cascade Mountains into the Willamette Valley. Don’t you imagine that they thought they had come to paradise? And yet again, the desert is beautiful in it’s own way. Thanks for sharing and welcome back!

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  3. Cath

    Wonderful photos for this English person, who had never heard of the Wasatch Front, to enjoy. I’ve only ever been to the Eastern part of the USA. One day I must do something about that as Utah appears to be truly stunning.

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  4. Tara

    What gorgeous landscape. I’ve never been to this part of the country – and it looks like the perfect place to roadtrip. Lots of wide open spaces and the romance of the open road.

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  5. Robin

    Heather, thanks. It was a great trip–long distances and hot, but we really enjoyed ourselves.

    Matt, it really was being back in touch with mother nature. That’s the thing we enjoyed the most. Timeless out there!

    Kay, I had the same thoughts, wondering how those pioneer families could survive those harsh conditions and only make maybe 20 miles a day. Oregon must have been absolutely heaven after that. We kept seeing signs for historical sites along the route–sites of the old Oregon Trail. We didn’t have time to take the side trips, but we’ll have to do it next time. I’d love to see the Trail.

    Cath, yes, Utah is absolutely stunning. This was northern Utah, but the canyonlands of southern Utah are out of this world.

    Tara, it’s a wonderful part of the country for a road trip…but the winters are harsh, and you have to be prepared for the heat of summer. It’s a dry heat, though…much easier to deal with than humid heat.

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  6. Robin

    Thanks, Tanabata! It is such beautiful country, and was a nice road trip even though it was 100 degrees for much of it! It was that dry heat, though…not like the humid heat in Japan!

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