I realize I never told you about Utah.
I woke up one morning and thought, gee, I bet it's really pretty in Utah.
And I was right.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
I didn't come across another person the whole time I played in these dunes. I've never felt sand so soft; it moved like liquid metal on downward slopes, and I could've sat there for days just drawing in the earth.
FUN FACT: These are the only large scale sand dunes that support Ponderosa Pines. Now you know.
Sunrise in Escalante
Catching the actual Lunar Eclipse was a bit of a trial. It consisted of a lot of forward motion, followed by lots of backtracking due to unexpected viewing obstructions. To be honest, I wouldn't have expected anything else from this Eclipse cycle: two steps forward, three steps back. In the end, I stumbled across an absolutely perfect place to watch totality -- just me alone in the silent, pitch-black desert, getting my moon on. I guess it's true what they say: You can't always get what you want, buuut . . .
NOT PICTURED: Bryce Canyon where I got that mild case of frostbite I've been talking about on stage lately. I guess that's what I get for being all impulsive and sleeping on the second highest summit in the snow in the middle of the night without changing my shoes. It's cool though. Both of my big toes are mostly back to normal now.
I saw this road on my atlas. (Yes, I travel with an atlas; seriously, would you have expected something different?) I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but I went for it. It was incredibly beautiful, and as was the theme of this trip, I never saw another human on the way in, or the way out. After about 50 miles or so, the road turned to dirt. I decided to still go for it for about five more miles until I got to the precipice of the "switchbacks" and realized that maybe I was pushing it; the road curved and jutted into the desolation of the canyon below, which seemed like it was miles away.
THE COOL THING? This was a back way into Capitol Reef National Park.
THE COOLEST THING? I lost a hubcap on my way into the park, and then I found it again on my way back out. Fuck yeah.
Just a leisurely walk off the side of the highway. I couldn't help but think that tree looked like it had a face inside of it, just wanting to break free.
On the Road
Here are some shots from one of my favorite places to be -- The Road. I got a wild hair and thought, I'M GONNA SPEND THE NIGHT IN COLORADO! So I drove to Colorado. Then when I stopped for gas, I realized what day it was, and I was like, FUCK! I gotta get back to Phoenix; I have the Mystery Show tonight. So, you know, I drove back to Phoenix and did my show.
And boy, was that ever a show!
In Case You Were Wondering . . .
Sometimes Ronnie D writes funny stuff. Sometimes she writes desperate teenage prose. Most times she just slams her feeble, little woman-hand onto the keyboard in an attempt to feel something, anything.