Thursday, February 4, 2010

American Ingenuity

FLAGSTAFF, AZ -- Still slightly troubled by the extreme commercialization and vast amount of tourist facilities at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park, I've been mulling the justification of it all: Jobs, of course. Work. Money from tourists to feed peoples' families. So I guess it's okay. It costs $25 per vehicle these days just to enter the park.

Anyway, I almost didn't stop to take this photo below, which I would describe as a "cornball tourist snapshot." I am sure it's been taken millions of times and has appeared on millions of postcards. But the lighting was good and the traffic was light, so I pulled over and got it for you.

By tonight I should be reunited with some first cousins I haven't seen in 40 years or more. I guess I'd better go get in the shower and spiff myself up. I am pretty excited to see them.


  1. Enjoy your visit ... great pictures.

    Happy Valentine's
    Have a beautiful day
    TTFN ~Marydon

  2. Cornball or no, it's still just beautiful! Thanks for stopping to share it with us. Hope you enjoy your time with the cousins! Tell them all your flashlights said "hey!" :c)

  3. Oh yeah - cornball as all getout - but just what someone thought the touristas wanted! Flagstaff - I'll be there in a week or so myself. One of the guys I was in Vietnam with lives there. A few weeks in the sun of Arizona with good friends, a great motorcycle, and nothing to do but fool around!!

    I am thrilled you are out and about Sis - say hey to the ones who care and Hello to the ones who don't :-) God bless ya!!


  4. Even the obligatory tourist photo can be lovely.
    And enjoy reconnecting with cousins.

  5. I kind of like this shot. It says "come through this gate and enter an adventure. At least that's what I think of when I see gates! Enjoy the time with your cousins. It's wonderful to be traveling with you!


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