One of our recurring conversations is speculation on what the native americans of yester-year and the early settlers saw as they too experienced this country for the first time. What was it like for them then, back before technology shaped and often scarred the landsides? What did they see by campfire light before there were paved roads, headlights, and streetlights? We even discuss the travelers of last century heading across county by car, long before there were gas stations and rest areas every few miles. And then we wonder what travelers of tomorrow will see as the world continues to advance. Will those future travelers also wonder what we of today saw? How much will the future change? And how much of history and nature will be lost in those changes?
|Sequaro cactus from Arizona. |
This one was about 20 feet tall, though many of these
cactus can grow to 70 feet tall and live up to 150 years.
Yes we're out here for work. He has deadlines to meet and DoT regulations to maintain. Often the days are long and by night we are road weary, him so much more than me. But despite the required hours of work, in many ways truck driving is like a working vacation; a dream to get paid to travel the county. Sure we don't often have time to stop, but this country provides visions of wonder to behold right out the window if you only take the time to notice. I look forward to each day eagerly awaiting what ever wonderous view lays hidden around the next bend.
|Sunset from US 95 in Southern California near the Mojave Desert.|