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And now we return to Monument Valley, and I am proud to share with you this image of my companion, my partner in disorganized crime, my travelling home if times get unspeakably hard, in short, my truck. I love my truck, and Truck loves road trips, particularly when they involve some form of off-roading, which our sojourn in Monument Valley did. Valley Drive, the road that runs down through the monuments, is red dust and bumps, and Truck was in her element. (Truck can switch between genders depending on the circumstances. Sometimes Truck feels female and sometimes Truck feels male. A transgender Truck. And in response to some ridiculous sentiments I have heard over the years, not all women who drive trucks are gay.)

This is my fifth Toyota pickup (shameless plug). Toyota pickups are the only vehicles I have ever bought when I was the only one making the purchasing decision. My first one was baby blue and a stick shift (which I didn’t know how to drive.) They’ve saved ex-Pat’s life twice (as he destroyed them). And my last truck is now Kelsea’s. She loves it so much that she even wrote one of her college essays about it. We’ve traveled through blizzards, fires (stupid me), and floods together. When you find something in life that’s that dependable and loveable, be it a person, an animal, or a truck, stick with it.

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Monument Valley, Arizona.

Quote of the day: “I love the smell of Waffle House; it’s the smell of freedom, being on the open road and knowing that ninety percent of the people eating around you are also on that road. Truck driver’s, road-trippers, hangovers–those who don’t live that monotonous life of society slavery.” — J.A. Redmerski…….. (but I call it Casa de Waffle)

Daily gratitudes:
MKL
Dogs with their heads out the car window
The conjunction of a planet and the moon this morning
When the antique store is open when I’m walking home
Watching little kids play soccer

This Ford hood looks like it wants to nom everything. Or else it looks like a turquoise whale. I’m not sure which. But it amused me.

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Fruita, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “Men who had poetry in their soul come silently into the world and live quietly down the years, and yet when they are gone no moon in the sky is lucid enough to compare with the light they shed when they are among the living.”  —  Carlos Bulosan

Daily gratitudes:
Hawks
Clean sheets
Birds singing after sunset
Talking with Issy
Physical therapy

The chrome of a 1950’s BelAir reflects the blue sky and history of Cripple Creek.

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”  —  H.P. Lovecraft

Daily gratitudes:
Road trips
Horse days
Beautiful days
Red earth
Laughter

 

What did I do today?  MKL and I went to “Cruise Above the Clouds” in Cripple Creek – a classic/muscle car show with about 200 participants.  I love classic cars and they offer a lot of scope for beautiful and creative photography, so I’ll share more images with you over the next few months.  And being up in the mountains showed us that Fall is coming…

Cripple Creek, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “And she said, It’s okay that you can’t get over it. Maybe you never will. Maybe that hole will never fill. She said, Maybe your learning to leave it empty is the meaning of your life.”  —  Heather Harpham

Daily gratitudes:
Road trips with MKL
Beauty made of steel
Spooky places
Dogs
My wished-for pink taxidermied rooster
The Pine Emporium

You were thinking the other kind of grill, because of the Fourth of July, weren’t you?

Boulder, Colorado.

Quote of the day: “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds.  We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.  Serenity is contagious.  If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.  And a smile costs nothing.  We should plague everyone with joy.”  —  Swami Satchidananda

Daily gratitudes:
My nieces
Early birthday presents
Lace
Old quilts
Sweet dreams

Photo title: Tracks In The Sand Are Permanently Temporary

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Heaven on earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.”  —  Dr. Wayne Dyer

Daily gratitudes:
Sara Bareilles
Clouds
Only two hot flashes last night
Bibber Sunday
The gentle breeze through the front door of the Bungalow
That Hurricane Irene was eased by prayers, intentions, and possibly, kittens

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