Apr 24, 2012

Las Vegas, NV to Bluff, UT

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My grandma in the middle. To the right, my aunt Shirley holding my cousin. I don't know the lady by the car door.




In 1909, Alice Ramsey blazed a path across America's landscape and society. Millions of women have followed in her tracks. She was the first woman to drive across America from New York to San Francisco, California - she was twenty-two. She had 3 female companions on her journey. One of my most favorite drives is from Las Vegas, NV to Bluff, Utah. I had my opportunity to drive this route recently.  Although, I didn't have 3 female companions to help navigate - I knew this road by heart. The trip solo was therapeutic and self-reflecting. I know this territory like I know paella!





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Monument Valley was too overcast but I had to take the shot! 


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Bluff, Utah cemetery



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Ancestors' gravesite. I talk about them here.



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 For more information about this area, I found a wonderful blogger here.

32 comments:

  1. How awesome these pictures are!!!! I would love to see Utah someday...gorgeous!

    Glad to see you're back.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! Good to be back! Although I won't as regular. I think, I just opened up myself for a joke. ;) You're not too far from Utah...you really should go someday. =)

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  2. Breathtaking photos and landscapes!
    I hope one day I will see all of this beauty!

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    1. Thanks Olga. =) I really hope someday you do get to see this landscape. I would love to see your take on it. =)

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  3. Finally you are back, I missed your posts!
    Great pictures, Sandy (you have been improving your photography skills)! The clouds in the road shot are amazing, and the Monument Valley is a surreal vision for me!
    I love when you post an old photo and make a connexion with your recent ones.
    Don't vanish again. :)

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    1. Yes, my friend Lúcia- I'm back! Can you believe it? I almost don't. ;) But, here I am, posting photos again. I'm really happy you find Monument Valley surreal. It really is surreal...the isolation of the place can be overwhelming and exciting all at once. It was very overcast that day and I was worried that the Monument Valley photo would not work...but it wasn't bad right? You're the expert in this matter. I will try not to vanish but if I do, you know where to find me...Monument Valley. ;)

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  4. Wonderful story about Alice Ramsey. An adventuresome woman for the times! You come from hardy stock!
    The graves of your kinfolks in Bluff seem to be well cared for so I take it you still have family in the area.

    Your camera work of Monument Valley and Bluff was just Great. You captured the feel of the wide-open spaces and remoteness of that scenic road as it cuts it's way thru the Valley! Very nice scenic post!

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    1. Hi Parker! It's always a delight to find a comment from you.=) I do still have family in this area but a lot of them have moved to the big cities. I visited my aunt Shirley (in the above picture) at a nursing home in the area. Thanks for liking my photos and seeing what I saw. =)

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  5. Yearning, despair, melancholy, determination and strong hope resonate in these spaces, your words and images, your connection to the land.

    Thanks for casting your healing spell over my American soul, Sandy

    i gotta 'pin' this-

    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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    1. Wow thanks Cloudia! Your comment is beautiful. I'm speechless. =)

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  6. Your back!!! Looks like a wonderful road trip. Nice shots.

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    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, I'm back and I've been looking at all your wonderful posts. =)

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  7. Bonjour Sandy. Long time no talk to... What a wonderful collection of photographs. My husband and I were fascinated when we looked at them this morning. These landscapes are "100 % American" to our French eyes! His favorite shot with the one with Monument Valley in the background. Great perspective! It sounds like a wonderful trip, and since you took it alone, you must have had plenty of opportunities to reflect while taking it all in. Well done. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Bonjour Veronique. =) It's been a little while hasn't it? I'm picturing in my head - Veronique and le husband looking over a computer (with coffee in hand perhaps) at my blog!! How fun is that!! Thanks for your encouragement. It's interesting how this landscape appeals to the french eyes as very american. I love that. You know, this summer they are filming the Lone Ranger w/ johnny depp in this area. ;) Wonderful day to you and yours.

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  8. It's good to have you back! I guess you got all of that house stuff done? LOL

    These are some really great photos. I can understand why you like that drive so much.

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    1. Hi Ron! Yes, I love to travel! Don't you? =) Thanks for the compliment...it's good to be back and no more house work...well for now. =)

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  9. Wow - these are wonderful. I especially like the ones with the ribbons of road leading us off to somewhere exciting!

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    1. Thank you Redpat! You're right, these roads will lead you somewhere exciting. =)

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  10. Beautiful photos! I love the photos of long view of the road heading way, way out to the horizon. And Monument Valley!

    I especially enjoyed the photo of your family, and the little bits of history about both Alice Ramsey and your great-grandfather.

    Thanks for taking us on a little "tour" of my favorite part of the country.

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    1. Thank you Sonya! I really appreciate that! Are you taking a trip out this way soon? Have a nice weekend. Don't study too hard! =)

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  11. Thanks Magic...I got lucky! =)

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  12. Looks like it was an amazing trip.

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  13. Saundra, this is a beautiful post. I get to spend some time with your Aunt Shirley...such a sweet lady, having some grand adventures of a different kind, now. She makes me smile on a regular occasion. I've driven those roads, solo, a few times, too...it is a beautiful trip, you captured it well.

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    1. Hi Danelle! =) I didn't realize you're back in Blanding. I'm so happy to hear his. Thanks for your nice words. I hope we can bump into eachother soon. xo

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