Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Road Less Travelled

A number of years ago a copy of The Most Scenic Drives in America compiled by Reader's Digest appeared in our mailbox. A few days later a second copy arrived. That one was returned to the post office unopened, and after a phone call to Reader's Digest explaining that I had ordered neither copy and I was not going to pay the enclosed bill, I was able to keep the first one.

For a long time, the book sat gathering dust on our coffee table, but in 2001 we took Brent and Ben on a driving trip to the western United States and put the book to use, veering off the interstate to follow the more scenic routes suggested by Reader's Digest. The story of that trip will be for a later post and is more appropriate for Brent or Ben to tell.

In the years since, we have used The Most Scenic Drives in America to explore New England, the South and other roads in the West. On our recent trip to Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, we once again took the road less travelled. Here are some pictures from our trip.

The Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado

Cliff Palace, a large pueblo at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park

Landscape Arch at Arches National Park

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