Saturday, January 4, 2014

Winding Roads

I enjoy the freedom to roam and drive off the beaten path. It is a privilege to be able to explore areas in the comfort of an automobile. I sometimes have to remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to travel in a comfortable seat and have the ability to control the climate of my vehicle with a touch of a button. Consider the fact that travel has been a hardship for most all of history. It has only been the past few generations that has had the ability to move about as freely as we currently do. We all complain about heavy traffic or a flight being delayed, but what is that compared to what people before us had to endure just to travel a small distance. We have spent a lot of time in Death Valley and have experienced many of the extreme weather patterns of the region. We have been there in 115* temperatures, experience dust storms, and felt the blast of a winter storm. In each case the automobile was the safe haven to provide protection from the elements. This image was taken in Death Valley in Mule canyon.  As we drove this winding dirt road through a spectacular landscape, I was very aware of just how fortunate we are to be living in a time that enables us to travel for recreation and personal enjoyment.

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