Here are some images that we would like to share with you as we traverse the exquisite Painted Desert, where the clouds reflect the reddish hue of the sand and stone. If you care to, click here to listen to the 10,000 Maniacs/Natalie Merchant song entitled "The Painted Desert" as you view the photos.
Although the landscape is somewhat stark, it is beguiling and entrancing to the eye. Reading Terry Tempest Williams today, we read these wise words from the book "Pieces of White Shell" which reflect our own desert experience:
"Give the country a chance......You will find yourself in unfamiliar territory at first, where the vastness is disquieting, the starkness leaves you empty. You will walk among rocks that tell time differently. Your skin will burn and your hair will lighten. You will find a waterhole and kneel with cupped hands. The reflection you see will not be of the person you once were. Neither is the land."