Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
34Trip End May 05, 2011
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In these swirling red vortexes, John Wayne filmed four of his films. No doubt these and subsequent movies of my generation shaped what I imagined of the Wild West. Trusty steeds, dashing rides in the night, outlaws and sheriffs. Tough men defending helpless damsels. Yet those descriptions were perhaps a little romanticised. Although picturesque, it was once again hard to imagine why anyone would settle into this lawless land. But settle they did.
As an aside, we passed through the four corners, an odd man-made geographical landmark for at the junction of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Itself not a wholly exciting landmark once again, but for some reason we found those who were more than enamoured by it. Their overwhelming enthusiasm made me wonder if I had been less than expressive about the wonderments of my trip so far. And also how much noise they would have made at any other more impressive landmark.