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O how many paths we tread

This a journey through photos post so I shall put it behind a cut.  Come in and walk a while with me.


Take off your shoes, the better to empathize. The earth tells you more keenly of its pains and joys if you listen with bare feet.

path - three rivers petroglyph site

Don't mind the barriers, unless you really do mind. And if you do, then this path is probably not for you.

path - Kemmerer

And this is where our ways part. Perhaps.

What? Did you think I would take you by the hand and lead where you would not go?  Ah, I did say path. But, no, there is not only only.

 Which will you take? They diverge slowly, but diverge they do.
path - wheatfield France

One will lead you here, keeping you safe with is boards under and beside you, letting you touch some golden beauty but not all:

path - capitol reef Fruita

Another will take you here, boards underfoot, yes, but nothing to discourage you from stepping off into mineral-saturated waters that may burn and boil you. You can go back or continue though you see not the way that lies ahead:

path - Yellowstone

Perhaps you will go through a barren stretch, just a faint path to guide you:

path - uyuni

And once you make it through the waste, you may have to walk on the edge. Be baptized, fellow wanderer, by earth's cool shower, before you round that curve

path - bolivia

Whatever path you take, whatever fogs and barrens you may brave, I hope you find your bliss, not at the end of your journey, but every step along its way.

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Photos: 1) Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, NM, USA; 2) Kemmerer, WY, USA; 3) Wheatfield near Vinon, France; 4) Capitol Reef, Fruita, UT, USA; Yellowstone, WY, USA; 5) Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia; 6) World's deadliest road, Bolivia.

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queenoftheskies
Mar. 19th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Beautiful paths to travel!
mnfaure
Mar. 19th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Just looking at the photos brings back so many memories of beautiful places.
asakiyume
Mar. 19th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
These roads represent such adventures--I'd have a hard time not floating off for joy if I found myself on these roads with you.

(That road in Bolivia. No way I'm riding in a motorized vehicle on that. I'll walk, with my back pressed against the mountainside, thank you very much--and that little diamond sign, innocently suggesting a turn in the road. Gah!) The misty road in Yellowstone--wow. Fairylike. And the red-and-white gates to fields of gold. And the dappled light in Capitol Reef. Such vistas ♥

Thank you.
mnfaure
Mar. 19th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Fantastic times were had all around, though, at the time, some of them were not joyrides.

And that road, yeah. Did you read my entry about that road? http://mnfaure.livejournal.com/197683.html I went down it on bike and back up again by bus. Scary both ways, but scarier in the bus. Here is another entry about the "history" of the road: http://mnfaure.livejournal.com/198200.html
asakiyume
Mar. 19th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ouf. Yes.
coffeesvp
Mar. 20th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
I've seen several documentaries on the road, including details of the bike tours. A U.S. TV series documented several U.S. and Canadian truck drivers who volunteered to drive the road multiple times. Did you meet the man who stands on the corners with a flag to warn of oncoming traffic? He volunteered, I believe, after losing a family member. You are the only person I've encountered who had been there. Amazing travel photos (all.)
xjenavivex
Mar. 19th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
thank you so much
mnfaure
Mar. 19th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
A pleasure to take you with me, a-wayfaring.
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