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I am about to venture forth to new destinations next week. My travelling companion calls it the TOAT - the trip of all trips. We could also call it the TOAL - the trip of a lifetime but we will only know that after we return. I’ve been to a lot of places but this next adventure is going to be just plain epic. Stay tuned. In the meantime, another shot from my recent trip to central #Mexico and its historic #colonial towns where the word #colorful” is an understatement.
#Guanajuato is a colorful hill town in Central #Mexico known for its silver mining history and beautifully restored colonial architecture. It is designated a UNESCO #WorldHeritage site and deservedly so. Its narrow winding streets, alleyways and tunnels make it a wonderful place to just wander and explore. That’s the point, no?
I am often drawn to taking shots of colorful things generally in #patterns. Here are four examples: 1) festival goers at a #Tshechu in #Bhutan; 2) golden onion #domes in the #Kremlin; 3) #candles posing as #fruit in #Gourdon, #France; and 4) funny #magnets in a gift shop in #Springdale, #Utah (Abe Lincoln’s quote just about sums it all up!)
No boardwalk here. No fences. No park rangers. No signs warning you not to be stupid. But watch your step! There are 80 geysers and fumaroles spouting here ready to scald your feet or worse. The 14,200' El Tatio (the "oven") #geyser field in northern #Chile is among the highest-altitude in the world and is spectacular at dawn.
Overlooking the southern approach to #Thimphu, the capital of #Bhutan, sits the Great Buddha Dordenma. This big bad buddha is 169’ tall (equivalent to a 15 story building!), and was built to commemorate the centennial of the #Bhutanese monarchy.
The #Buddha is sitting in the Bhumisparsa pose - “calling the earth to witness the truth.” It is always depicted with the right hand over the knee and the left hand in the lap. #Bhumisparsa is said to be Buddha’s hand gesture when he achieved enlightenment.
I’ve been supporting #SavetheConfluence for the past five years in their efforts to stop the Grand Canyon Escalade project, an ill-conceived developer’s fantasy that was an insult to the heritage of the #Navajo, #Hopi and #Zuni people and all the rest of us. The plan, a tram from the East Rim of the canyon down to the #confluence of the Little Colorado River and main Colorado River, along with restaurant, gift shop, boardwalk and other tacky tourist treats, would have brought thousands of people a day down to one of the most spiritual, remote and pristine places left.
Last week the Navajo Nation Main Council met and in a final vote did a thumbs down on the project in a stunning 16-2 rebuke. And in a show of true cultural sensitivity, the developer flipped the Council the bird on his way out the door. Good riddance. You wanna get to this spot you go by boat or by foot. .
Pic 1: running the river in dories; Pic 2:
Mud baths at the confluence.
The rain is back with a vengeance. But before it showed up recently (with 5000 miles of rain backed up to China behind it #TheBigDark), beautiful sunrises and sunsets ruled the day. On this morning, a combo #sunrise and #moonset in the west over the #OlympicMountains caught my attention. Great morning!
I “T-boned” a cow on the road down in Mexico a few years ago. Since then passing through open grazing areas puts me on high alert. (It actually freaks me out.) Heading north on scenic Hwy 12 in Central Utah ascending and descending Boulder Mountain at 9000’+, we drove through a foggy snowstorm. As if slick roads and poor visibility weren’t bad enough, there were cows everywhere! The black cows, yellow aspen and fresh snow of this pre-winter scene were actually quite lovely but I was thrilled to get out of the clouds and back into the sunshine.