In the summer of 2003, Charlotte and I decided to take a trip across the country by rental car (why a rental? Don't ask--it's complicated, dull, and annoying.), stopping at various friends along the way, seeing the sights, and culminating in our annual visit to the Burningman festival in Nevada. This is the diary we kept along the way.
|25-26||Hot Springs AR|
|?||Oklahoma City OK|
|31||Mesa Verde CO|
|?||Grand Canyon AZ|
|11-13||Los Angeles CA|
|16-24||San Francisco CA|
|24-Sept 1||Black Rock City NV|
|2||Salt Lake City UT|
Heading East from Reno we pass the usual sagebrush covered hills. Hills and Pignon pines, and then the landscape slowly becomes silvery white flat areas and marshes. Through the Humboldt ranges and ahead of us is the straightest road we have ever seen. Eighty leads ruler-straight directly to the horizon. Utah and the salt flats--an amazing view puntuated by the msot unlikely sculpture ever.
For miles in every direction everything is flat, but here is a slick, forty or fifty feet high sculpture. From the distance it looks like a giant oak tree. Up close it resembles a tree with giant croquet balls as if in imitation of leaf clusters. Later we discover that it is an art work, Metaphor--mascot of Utah?