Tuesday, December 28, 2010

North to Alaska

Day One
The Last Frontier, or the LF, is what three young women named the white, 2001, Honda Civic Sedan that became a home and shelter for five days as we drove the 3200 miles to reach Anchorage, Alaska. This car became our safe haven as we engaged in what became an adventure. My sister Libby, our friend Audra, and I decided to drive to Alaska. Libby and Audra had both accepted jobs in Alaska for the summer of 2008. Libby wanted to have her car with her while she worked there, so we drove up.
This trip began on Wednesday April 30, 2008 in Kanarraville, Utah, a small town about fifteen miles south of Cedar City, Utah. This was where we packed our luggage into the trunk of the LF. Three girls, two of which were staying five months, had the automobile packed to the LF’s limit. We got into the car, Libby in the driver’s seat, Audra in the passenger seat, and I was in the back next to a large blue cooler, a couple of pillows and a few blankets.

Libby pulled the car out onto the street and we made our way to I-15. Our first destination was Idaho Falls, Idaho. The stretch of highway from Cedar City to Salt Lake was familiar, Idaho was a new domain. Just before we hit the Idaho boarder Libby and I traded places. I was now driving.
I hit snow the moment I arrived in Idaho. It was dark and I was keeping my eye out for deer, but was surprised by the sudden rush of snow coming toward us. I could only see white swirling around me hitting the windshield like pieces of cotton soaring toward me. I had never driven in snow, and now I was getting sudden experience by driving in a blizzard.
The world was colorless around us, as I continued to steer the car north toward Idaho Falls. My hands clutched the steering wheel, as Libby slept in the back and Audra listened to her iPod. After an hour of driving in the snowstorm the twinkling lights of Idaho Falls became visible in the dark, snow covered world surrounding us.
When we three arrived in Idaho Falls it was late and I was tired. I stopped at the first hotel I could find that was reasonably priced and unloaded the car. The outside of the hotel looked well kept, but it was dark and cold outside, and sleep was the only thing on our minds. I saw the old brown wallpaper, the peeling paint, and the torn bedspreads and realized that I could have picked a better hotel, but I didn’t care. Sleep was all that I wanted.
Day Two
The first stop of the day was the Idaho Falls. The snow covered ground was like a blank canvas, and it was like I was the first stroke of color in the whiteness that surrounded me. Libby, Audra, and I walked out onto the wooden walkway. The world around us was quiet; it was like we were the only people left in the cold, desolate world. Shuffling around the snow covered pathway toward the Idaho Falls. The calming sound of the gray water flowed past us as we admired the view of the Idaho Falls Temple on the other side of the Snake River.


The Idaho Falls Temple was the first LDS temple built in Idaho, and is the eighth operating temple. It was dedicated in September of 1945.
--from LDSChurchTemples.com
When I drove up to the entrance of the Idaho Falls Temple grounds the white of the temple and the white of the snow were difficult to distinguish. The snow sparkled as it covered the flowerbeds and walkways on the temple grounds. The tall white steeple of the temple stood high above me as I walked around admiring the leafless trees and bushes that surrounded the square structure. Getting back into the LF and enjoying the warmth and shelter of the casing around us, we took one more drive around the granite building and then headed toward I-15.
Butte, Montana
Helena, Montana
Great Falls, Montana
Glacier National Park, North Entrance
United States and Canada border
Cardston, Alberta is a town that was settled by Mormon settlers in 1887. The Cardston temple was the first LDS temple built outside of the United States, just fifteen miles north of the U.S.-Canada border. The Cardston temple was dedicated in August 1923, and is the sixth operating LDS temple. The Cardston temple was named a Canadian Historic Site in September 1995.
-- from LDSChurchTemples.com

Since my sister and I try to visit every temple that we can we couldn’t help but stop and see the Cardston temple. The square architecture is different from many of the other LDS temple. The white granite of the temple stood out among the green grass and trees surrounding it. The temple stands like a castle amongst the town of Cardston. After admiring the temple we drove down Main Street and stopped at a Dairy Queen for lunch.
After spending time in Cardston we continued on to Calgary.
Libby drove on toward Calgary as the sun was diminishing behind the Rocky Mountains, transforming the azure sky and gray clouds to a rainbow of orange, pink, and purple. The unending cornfields soon disappeared into the darkness. With the night my eyes began to get heavy, I had been in the car all day, but we still had a couple of hours before we were to arrive in Calgary. Libby continued to drive the long stretch of road struggling to keep her eyes open. Eventually the lights of Calgary appeared in the darkness. The car continued on until we spotted a Holiday Inn Express and pulled into the parking lot.
The four story hotel was the light at the end of our tunnel.
Day Three
As I left Calgary, Alberta I noticed that our next stop was Banff National Park. I pulled onto the highway and headed north. Not being able to explore and admire Calgary, we were forced to enjoy it from the car. We drove past the Olympic slopes where the Winter Olympics were hosted by Calgary in 1988. Libby continued to drive her white Honda Civic through the streets of lush, green Calgary.
It didn’t take long for the buildings to thin out and eventually fade away.
About two hours north of Calgary, is a small tourist town called Banff. Like any tourist trap Banff had several stores from candy to books as well as clothing and jewelry. We drove through the small town up a long road past the Rimrock Resort Hotel, a grand hotel built with gray bricks and standing like a palace surrounded by snow covered mountains.
We bought our tickets and got into line for the Banff Gondola, and then waited in line to step into the four person sky tram. While we waited in line I began to grow nervous. I don’t care for heights, especially when we are getting into a box carried by a few cables. Libby started to make fun of me and calling me a “chicken” or a “wimp” as the onset of a panic attack made my breathing get shallow. Finally we stepped into the small box. Libby and Audra sat so they could see the view on their way up, and I sat where I could see the mountain.
About two minutes into the ride I was beginning to calm down and feel okay. It was at this time that Libby began to panic.
“It’s so high. I didn’t realize how high it was going to be,” she said as her breathing began to get shallow.
Audra started to laugh, while I just sat and stared.
“See Libby, you shouldn’t have made fun of me,” I said.
“Shut up, Jessie! I’m going to have a heart attack!”
We arrived at the top of Sulphur Mountain where we had a view of the town of Banff and the Rimrock Resort Hotel, looking like a castle amongst the green trees. The snow capped mountains, clear blue rivers and majestic white glaciers stand under the azure blue sky, creating a splendid view for admiring. I took a short hike along the dirt pathway and then explored the gift shop before hitching a ride down on the Gondola.

Lake Louise
Jasper National Park
As we left Jasper, Libby and I decided that Audra needed a turn to drive. Libby’s Civic has a manual transmission, and since Libby and I learned with manual transmissions, driving stick is second nature to us. Audra didn’t know how to drive stick, so we waited until we were in a rural area, and Libby gave Audra a quick lesson on driving a manual automobile. Libby pulled into a hotel parking lot and her and Audra switched places. Audra buckled up and shifted into gear. Her first attempt ended with the Civic stalling and rolling backwards.
Day Four
I don’t know why, but I often travel on my birthday, and this day was mine. That morning, as we were getting ready, Libby called home from the hotel phone so that my mom could wish me a “Happy Birthday.”
I continued Northwest toward Alaska, Libby and Audra celebrated my twentieth birthday. Libby had a couple of small presents for me to open, one was a yellow, Vera Bradley backpack, and the other a box of travel games from my mom. When we stopped at a rest stop Libby pulled out a box of Zebra cakes and put a candle on one for me to blow out.
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Alaska Highway Mile ‘0’

The Alcan Highway, also known as the Alaska/Canada Highway, is a bumpy road. The cause for the bumpiness was explained by a sign at the Canada/Alaska Border:
Every time a road is constructed the ground surface is disturbed. Disturbance of the insulating layer of vegetation allows additional heat to penetrate below the surface, thawing permafrost and creating a zone called a thaw bulb. Thaw bulbs, so called because of their shape, are responsible for the big, rolling dips and bumps that make you feel as though your car has become an out of control porpoise as you travel down the highway. Capable of growing deeper every year, thaw bulbs continue to bedevil road engineers, builders and motorist alike.
I noticed as I drove along the Alcan Highway that there were many times when the LF would drive over a bump, and scrape the bottom of the vehicle or she would gain air. If the bumps were extremely bad, there would be orange flags next to the bumps to alert the drivers to slow down.
Libby was driving, Audra was sitting in the passenger seat reading Wicked, and I was in the back listening to Sarah Brightman on my iPod as I began to fall asleep. I was almost asleep when the LF going about seventy-five miles per hour, took a sudden lurch as it zoomed over a considerable bump, gaining air, and landing with a screech.
When we reached the Alaska/Canada border the sign that described the Alcan Highway as “Roller Coaster Roads”
Watson Lake, British Columbia

It was my last night driving and Audra and I both stayed up to take turns driving while Libby was unconscious in the backseat. It was late into the night and both Audra and I were beginning to get tired. We turned on Twilight to help keep us awake. Since we were both exhausted we were jumpy and giggly. Listening to the book Twilight was hilarious to us, so we spent a lot of time laughing. At one point we were so focused on the book that when an unknown animal dashed across the highway we were both terrified. Audra had to pull over so that she could regain her bearings. At about two in the morning we finally arrived in Haines Junction, Yukon at the Kluane Park Inn, a small rundown hotel and bar. This hotel was the first that we could find, so Libby and I went in and got a room. The three of us unloaded our suitcases and walked into our room with two double beds, and a bathroom that was about the size of a closet. Within minutes of entering the room the three of us were unconscious.
Day Five
Canada/Alaska Border


Tok, Alaska
“North Pole, Alaska: Where the Spirit of Christmas Lives All Year Round” is the phrase hanging above the visitor center. Driving through the town there are Christmas lights decorating each house. A sign welcomes the visitors to the North Pole as they drive down St. Nicholas Dr past a giant statue of Santa Claus, and the red and white striped “north” pole. There also sits the “Santa Claus House” where Santa is all year long for children to sit on his lap and tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas. In the Santa Claus House there is a wall covered in letter to Santa from people all over the world. Prancer is also there to greet visitors.
-- from The Milepost


Fairbanks, Alaska
The final stop before Anchorage was Denali National Park. Audra was working in the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, so we dropped her off just north of Denali in Healy where she would be living for the summer. We said our goodbyes and Libby, the LF, and I continued south to Anchorage.
After five days I finally made it to Anchorage, Alaska. The last three hours felt more like six. I noticed a haze across the Alaska Mountain range. The lights of Anchorage were only miles away. I drove through the streets of Anchorage and reached the home of the Wilson’s, some old family friends that moved to Alaska in 1996.
Two years ago the three of us took this road trip so that my sister could have her car, but the simple vacation turned into an adventure that helped us to get to know each other more. It allowed us to see more of the world. I was able to enjoy the natural beauty that was unknown to me. The memories of this vacation allow me to remember the awesome experiences that I have been able to partake of. If I could do this trip again I wouldn’t change anything except taking more time to stop and enjoy the places that I wasn’t able to on this trip. This trip wasn’t about just having the car, it was about the experiences I had and the new places that I was able to see and experience for myself.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Enjoying

I run through the sand
         barefoot
                 letting it seep
                          between my toes.
The warmth of the red dirt
        warms
              my cold feet.

I trip and fall,
        tumbling
              down dunes.
I reach the bottom
       and enjoy the
               affection
of the coarse ground
      embracing me.

My eyes gently close,
       I’m lost
              in the friendliness
                    of the toasty clay beneath
                             my chilling body.
I’ve gone astray into a utopia
        of my imagination.

I hear the sound of laughter
       and something hits
              my motionless body.
It is cold
       and has a familiar taste.
My eyes open to find
        a familiar face
               looking down and

Laughing. Confusion overpowers
        then comprehension
               takes place.
I see a mound
        concealing
             what was once my body.
Pleasant warmth shelters me with
       hot
              dirty sand.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Lost Dream

So I've realized that it has been a while since I posted anything on this blog, so here is a poem I wrote from my poetry class this semester. This is my sonnet:

My thoughts began to wander through the room
But then my eyes were opened by the sight
The vision before me came in the night
I was awakened by the glowing moon.
My mem’ry was swept away by a gloom.
This dream I dreamt had vanished with the light.
I continued on but could not excite
The hope to remember would not come soon.
I continued on for a great extent
The image had left and gone far away
My hopefulness seemed to vanish as well.
Lonely I waited only to lament.
The darkness left and slowly changed to day.
My thoughts left me in this cold, empty hell.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Quotes of the Day: June 11, 2010

Today my quotes are from the amazing movie Princess Bride enjoy.

Buttercup: You can die too for all I care.
[she pushes him down a high hill]
Man in Black: AS... YOU... WISH.
Buttercup: Oh my sweet Westley what have I done?

Vizzini: Jump in after her!
Inigo Montoya: I don't swim
Fezzik: I only dog paddle.
Vizzini: AGGHH!

Inigo Montoya: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Westley: Hear this now: I will always come for you.
Buttercup: But how can you be sure?
Westley: This is true love - you think this happens every day?

Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
Buttercup: Well... you were dead.
Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
Westley: There will never be a need.

Miracle Max: You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.

Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can *fuss*.
Fezzik: Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at *us*.
Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no *harm*.
Fezzik: He's really very short on *charm*.
Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini: Enough of that.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
Vizzini: DYEEAAHHHHHH.

Inigo Montoya: He's right on top of us. I wonder if he is using the same wind we are using.

Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Inigo Montoya: I donna suppose you could speed things up?
Man in Black: If you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.
Inigo Montoya: I could do that. I have some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you.
Man in Black: That does put a damper on our relationship.

Inigo Montoya: I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?
Man in Black: Do you always begin conversations this way?

Westley: Why won't my arms move?
Fezzik: You've been mostly-dead all day.

Fezzik: We face each other as God intended. Sportsmanlike. No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone.
Man in Black: You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?
Fezzik: [brandishing rock] I could kill you now.
Man in Black: Frankly, I think the odds are slightly in your favor at hand fighting.
Fezzik: It's not my fault being the biggest and the strongest. I don't even exercise.

Vizzini: I can't compete with you physically, and you're no match for my brains.
Man in Black: You're that smart?
Vizzini: Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
Man in Black: Yes.
Vizzini: Morons.

Buttercup: You mock my pain.
Man in Black: Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

Prince Humperdinck: Surrender.
Westley: You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.

Inigo Montoya: Are you the Miracle Max who worked for the king all those years?
Miracle Max: The King's stinking son fired me, and thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? We're closed.

Miracle Max: Get back, witch.
Valerie: I'm not a witch, I'm your wife. But after what you just said, I'm not even sure I want to be that any more.

Westley: There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.

Miracle Max: Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe
[smacks his lips]
Miracle Max: they're so perky, I love that.

The Impressive Clergyman: Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam...
[cut to Westley, Inigo, and Fezzik]
The Impressive Clergyman: And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva...
[cut to the trio again]
The Impressive Clergyman: So tweasure your wuv.
Prince Humperdinck: Skip to the end.
The Impressive Clergyman: Have you the wing?
[cut to the trio once more]
The Impressive Clergyman: ...and do you,Pwincess Buwwercup...
Prince Humperdinck: Man and wife. Say man and wife.
The Impressive Clergyman: Man an' wife.

Miracle Max: He probably owes you money huh? I'll ask him.
Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk.
Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.
Inigo Montoya: What's that?
Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ode to Sleep

Here is a random poem that I wrote one day when I was struggling to pay attention in my French Class. I also want to point out that I was running on about 4 hours of sleep for about 3 days. Also don't read the poem by stanza, I only did that because I was playing with the rhyme scheme. So I hope that you all enjoy.

Oh sleep how I've missed thee
I lay waiting for you to take me away
From this world that is cruel.

Please come kidnap me
For I prefer the night to day
There seems to be some rule

Which allows me only three
Short hours of sway.
Then I wake to the droll

World that sucks the life from me.
As a vampire drinks the blood of prey.
I am an idiot and a fool

To believe that this dream might be
The hope of going this way
And hiding myself in a solitary hole.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Quotes of the Day: April 12, 2010

Today's quotes are from the amazing book Anne of Green Gables series. Enjoy!

"I'm not a bit changed--not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME--back here--is just the same."
"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
"It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it?"
"And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?"
"It's all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it's not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?"
"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully. "People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is."
"Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing."
"In this world you've just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends."
"That is one good thing about this world. . .there are always sure to be more springs."
"There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more."
"We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us."
Human nature is not obliged to be consistent.
"I love to smell flowers in the dark," she said. "You get hold of their soul then."
"A little opposition gives spice to life."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Quotes of the Day: March 3, 2010

Some more funny movie quotes. Enjoy!
*Warning there is some naughty words, just so you know*

"What we’ve got here is "failure to communicate". Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week. Which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. And I don't like it any more than you men."
"My Lord, whatever I done, don't strike me blind for another couple of minutes."
"That's my darling Luke. He grins like a baby but bites like a gator."
"Well that oughta be easy for a genuine son of a bitch."
"Any man playing grabass or fightin' in the building spends a night in the box."
"Ya know, sometimes I wished people was like dogs, Luke."
~From the movie Cool Hand Luke~

"I understand that you were handicapped by a natural immaturity, and I forgive you."
~From the movie Armageddon~

Monday, March 1, 2010

Quotes of the Day: March 1, 2010

Today I have a few quotes from the great movie Steal Magnolias, for those of you who have never seen it you need to it is an amazing movie that will make you laugh so hard you can't breath, and it will make you cry your eyes out, but it is such a good movie! It has a great cast, and some hilarious quotes. I hope you all enjoy!
*There are some profanities, don't say I didn't warn you*

"I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good, they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries."
"The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God."
"You are a pig from hell."
"You are too twisted for color TV!"
"I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!"
"Annelle, take your Bible and shove it where the sun doesn't shine."
"A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste."
"He is a boil on the butt of humanity!"
"Don't try to get on my good side, Truvy. I no longer have one!"
"What's the matter with you these days, M'Lynn? You got a reindeer up your butt?"
~Ouiser~

"Well, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!"
"That which does not kill us, makes us stronger."
"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."Ouiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on."
"Ouiser, you sound almost chipper. What happened today - you run over a small child or something?"
~Clairee~

"Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin' across your face."
"Oh, Sammy's so confused he don't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt."
"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."
"Smile! It increases your face value."
"There is no such thing as natural beauty."
"Louie brought his new girlfriend over, and the nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly."
~Truvy~

Ouiser: Yes, Annelle, I pray! Well, I do! There, I said it, I hope you're satisfied.
Annelle: I suspected this all along!
Ouiser: Oh! Well don't you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin' God-only-knows-what! They'd probably make me eat a live chicken!
Annelle: Not on your first visit!
Clairee: Very good, Annelle! Spoken like a true smart-ass!

Clairee: You know, you would be a much more contented, pleasant person if you would find ways to occupy your time.
Ouiser: I'm pleasant. Damn it! I saw Drum Eatenton this morning at the Piggly Wiggly, and I smiled at the son of a bitch 'fore I couldn't help myself.

Annelle: We are in the house of the Lord!
Clairee: Oh like she cares. Ousier's never done a religious thing in her life.
Ouiser: Now that is not true. When I was in school, a bunch of my friends and I would dress up as nuns and go bar-hoppin'.

Clairee: [trying to do "color commentary" by discussing the color of the football uniforms] ... But I love the top - such a vibrant purple. Bob, would you call this color "grape" or "aubergine'?
Ouiser: SHUT UP!
Clairee: What?
Ouiser: You're makin' a fool outta yourself, Clairee.
Clairee: I am not.
Ouiser: This is football. All the people wanna hear about are touchdowns and injuries. They don't give a damn 'bout that grape shit.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Experimental Polaroids


The tractor in the sunset.

Close up Painted Ladies.

A southern Utah sunset.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Quote of the Day: February 7, 2010

"Let me reiterate what Brigham Young said: if you're 25 years old and unmarried, you're a menace to society. Just something for everybody to ponder."
~Brother Niner from The Singles Ward~

"You're not just an RM, you're an LDS RM, who's trained at the MTC who became a DL a ZL, and an AP, who was promised long ago by his bishop through a PPI after BYC that someday he'd be the EQP. I smell GA!"
~From The RM~

"Tartan spelled backwards is SATAN!"
~From Baptists at our Barbecue~

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quotes of the Day: February 2, 2010

"Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love."
~Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey~

"The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's."
~Jane Austen, Mansfield Park~

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Utopia

It’s a place that is quiet and serene.
All around is red,
And in the spring it’s covered in green.

Up the wash and up the canyon.
I pass a whale and a rabbit,
And many other rocks shaped as creatures.

Further up the canyon
A little stream flows.
I walk through a tunnel,
And come to a stage.
I sit in box five in the opera house.

I get comfortable and open a book,
Or grab a pen
And let my imagination run wild.

This is my place.

My place does not exist.

It is a desolate area.
Brown and hot,
Flat and covered in sagebrush.

Only a dream,
A figment of my imagination.
A utopia that will never exist.

Something I only dream about.

But the imagination can create this place.

I can build my own paradise.
I only need a pen and paper.

But my place is real.
It survives with me.
It is always in my fantasy.

The physical landscape does exist.
It is my utopia.
My escape.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Quotes of the Day: January 14, 2010

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
~Bernard Meltzer~

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same."
~Anonymous~

Monday, January 11, 2010

Fun with Leaves


Here is another picture from my photography class. I have to thank Brandy for allowing me the use of her kids for quite a few pictures. I especially like this one because of the angle, and I just love this picture.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Quote of the Day: January 10, 2010

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
~Dorothy Parker, (attributed)US author, humorist, poet, & wit (1893 - 1967)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Double Arch


This is the Double Arch in Arches National Park. Now that I have a scanner I thought that I would add some of the photos I took when I was in my photography class. This blog is for all of my artistic talents, including photography.