How the West was Lost

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” - W.H. Auden There are places in the American West that stay in your memory with the detail of great works of art. When I am rolling through the Coconino National Forest and over the Kaibab Plateau in Northern Arizona, I want to get off my motorcycle and walk into the ponderosa pine forests and never return. A sense of childish wonder gives me the same joy I knew when I first went exploring beyond my boyhood back yard, and when I come to a stop at the rim of the Grand Canyon, I understand why people warn you to never grow up. There is too much to see and do in the world to spend your time making mortgage payments.

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