Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome,
dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
May your rivers flow without end,
meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,
past temples and castles and poets’ towers
into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl,
through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock.
blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone,
and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm
where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs,
where storms come and go
as lightning clangs upon the high crags,
where something strange and more beautiful
and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you –
beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.
– Edward Abbey from the preface to Desert Solitaire
As the Memorial Day Holiday weekend in the U.S. kicks off the summer travel season, may your travels be lovely, life-enhancing adventures.
Our thoughts and gratitude are focused this weekend on those who gave their lives defending our country and our freedom. I’ll especially reflect on my visit earlier this year to The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, as I have since learned that four men from the community next to my small Missouri town are listed on the Tablets of the Missing at this Memorial halfway around the world.
See all of this photos for this week’s Photo Friday Challenge: ‘Travelling’ here.
You also may be interested in these Friday Photo posts…
- Photo Friday: The Andes From My Window
- Photo Friday: the Countryside View from Amtrak’s California Zephyr
- Photo Friday: The Human Form at Vigeland
- Photo Friday: Stepping out on the Ledge
- Photo Friday: Terminal 2E, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris