Saturday, June 25, 2011

the great american vacation, part 1

Robert Frank marks the transitions of his great book, The Americans, with images of Old Glory´╗┐. The flag pictured below is at the Golden Spike National Monument Site at Promontory Point, Utah. Here, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869. This marked our turn around point.

The wife and I just returned from a trip through the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, along the blue highways of Wyoming from the northwest to the southwest into Logan, Utah. The furthest point west of St. Louis and the ultimate (visual) goal was Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake near the Golden Spike Monument.
The best part was spending time with my son and daughter-in-law in Logan. What a big, wide, beautiful, and awe-inspiring country we  live in. The juxtaposition of natural wonder, infrastructure and americana tells a great story.

We drove over 3,000 miles in a week. The image below depicts our turn by turn directions.