Friday, January 13, 2012
I always drove, I never flew. I am by birth and temperament a Westerner so I had to see the land, not fly over it in a hurry to get someplace else. And I had to see all of the land and I had to take as much time as I possibly could doing it.
I needed Kansas and eastern Colorado to appreciate the Rockies and the Rockies to appreciate Kansas and eastern Colorado. I needed southern Utah to appreciate northern Arizona and northern New Mexico and I needed all of them to appreciate north Texas.
I took one of these trips with my dad once(really not a smart move as Pop was never the easiest guy in the world to travel with) but I drove the rest of them alone. And that was another thing I loved about those roadies.
You can think uninterrupted out there all by yourself. You can pray or just be still and know that He is God. When you're not doing that, you can listen to KTNN, 660 AM on your radio dial, the Voice of the Navajo Nation.
KTNN's music is country and most of the talking's actually in Navajo. And believe me, there is nothing better in the world to listen to when you're driving through the desert.
The souvenir places are all pretty much the same, as Southwest as all get out, but I love them anyway. Indian jewelry. "Indian" or "Mexican" blankets that were probably made in China.
On one trip, I actually bought one of those blankets. I don't remember what I paid for it but it wasn't much. And it's currently decorating a chair here in the Bad Vestments office as I write this.
I have absolutely no idea why I thought of all that just now.
Posted by Christopher Johnson at 6:59 PM