Every town we have driven through the past few days has a surplus of stray dogs. This was one of many who slept in our hotel parking lot. If I collected them all....
But I don't collect these dogs. I collect photographs of sites we don't see in our desert hometown. The aspens in Colorado just capture your eyes and your thoughts. You can't react, the ripple of the leaves own you.
And soon you lose the trees. You have entered into a fire recovery zone. This is a small view of the remnants of the Neola North Fire (which occurred in the Ashley National Forest, Utah, in 2007). We drove miles through burnt trees and scorched earth.
The beauty of Flaming Gorge reservoir is a relief to your eyes. Once you see the water, you long to rinse the pain from both your eyes and from the earth. Beauty shouldn't hurt.
And tomorrow? On to Yellowstone! My niece and nephews call it Jellystone... I wonder if we will see Yogi and BooBoo?