Welcome to the New Year!

Welcome Back!

We’re in a new year, and I wish everyone a peaceful and joyous year. I still have a story to tell about that modern sculpture in Crete, but that will have to wait until next week. I’m fortunate to live in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and this is what I get to see in the morning.

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Sunrise this morning

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Sunrise a few days ago with full moon

One of the advantages of living in the United States is the fascinating diversity of land that we have and that a few of our forebears were wise enough to preserve at least a portion of that. I visited my son and daughter-in-law over the holidays in a house they had rented for the month in Castle Valley, Utah, near Moab and Arches National Park.

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View from the house

 Western Colorado, southern Utah, and northern Arizona have a marvelous share of fantastical rock formations that are difficult to imagine without seeing them. Wind, water, volcanic activity all worked to create a magical, mystical landscape. As if the Grand Canyon weren’t enough, there is a surfeit of scenery in this entire area. Years ago my children and I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and camped there. What an amazing feeling it is to be at the bottom!

Exploring the national parks of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, not to mention Colorado National Monument, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and so many others could satisfy your imagination for ages.

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A scene in Arches National Park

 Next week: Back to Crete! If you’re new to my travel blog, I recommend that you go back and sample several of the earlier blogs from so many places around the world. Enjoy! And please feel free to leave a comment about some of your favorite and interesting travel experiences.

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