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Traveling “That Ribbon of Highway” (Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:  This Land Is My Land, 2 Verses)

Coral Reef National Park 259I have always liked Woody Guthrie’s ballad “This Land Is Your Land” that he wrote in 1940.  I was aware of the song from the 1960s when Peter, Paul & Mary sang it.  It moved me in great part because of the intimacy of the lyrics.  The beauty of this great country is truly yours, mine, ours, there for all to appreciate.  Even as a kid, I was aware that not everyone took the time to admire all the beauty around us. But it is always there.

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Coral Reef National Park 288As an adult, I travel by car as often as possible because it allows me a closer connection to the myriad of landscapes across the country.  I like the sense of freedom and solitude such drives give me.  Since the roads—paved or not—stretch from coast to coast across all terrains, I can visit most anywhere.  I prefer country roads over city streets, because there I am more apt to see nature, get the feel for the open road, and glimpse the vast panoramas of land and sky.

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Here—with a little creative editing—is my favorite verse from the Guthrie’s song.

“As I was [traveling] that ribbon of highway

I saw above me the endless skyway. . . .

While all around me a voice was sounding

This land was made for you and me.”

The photos are from some of my recent travels, demonstrating the freedom, beauty and diversity of American highways.  I live in California and am often drawn to the Southwest for some adventures as well.  What are your favorite places to be out on the open road, on “that ribbon of highway”?

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAYS

Yosemite National Park

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Sequoia National Park

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Kings Canyon National Park

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Eastern Sierra

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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See Canyon, Near Avila Beach

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Big Sur Hills & Coastline

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SOME MIDWESTERN HIGHWAYS

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MO & KS drive to Dodge City 004

Drive to KC in rain 004

BOSQUE DE APACHE, NEW MEXICO, HIGHWAYS

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Bosque de Apache outside Albu 248

SAUGARO NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA, HIGHWAYS

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COLORADO HIGHWAYS

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CO national mon 2 & River Park 062

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CO national mon 2 & River Park 127

Pam Day 2 & Garden of the Gods 048

UTAH HIGHWAYS

Coral Reef National Park

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Canyonlands National Park, Needles

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Canyonlands Needles & I 70 216

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Canyonlands Needles & I 70 293

Zion & Kolob Canyons National Park

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A LITTLE SIDE NOTE

As an adult, while I truly love the great beauty and diversity of this land of ours, I am equally aware of our country’s problems.  Guthrie was aware of the discrepancies in society as well, motivating a satirical if not cynical view to “This Land Is Your Land.”  He wrote the famed lyrics, in part, as a political protest.  Bruce Springsteen performed the song live in the 1980s, acknowledging the harsh realities evident in society that some say question the validity of the lyrics.  But through all the problems, the beauty and potential of America still shine through.  As Springsteen says in his opening comments, it’s “about one of the most beautiful songs ever written about America.” 

Comments on: "Traveling “That Ribbon of Highway”" (10)

  1. Cheers to your love for travel … and thanks for sharing with us. My guess is that crow was expecting to be fed!

    • You are very right, Frank. That raven has his territory well established at a parking area where many tourists stopped. If anyone stopped and opened a window, it was a must that they shared with the bird! He insisted on it!

  2. Excellent post. I love the redwood photos.

    • Thanks for stopping by. . . and for the post that initiated the post. I too love redwoods–they are so majestic. Just thinking how old they are is awe inspiring.

  3. […] Learn More Everyday – I like their bottom series of photos of just various roads throughout the western United States. […]

  4. Congratulations! I have selected your post to be featured on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
    http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/03/cees-fun-foto-challenge-my-favorite-things-verse-three/
    I hope your week is starting off wonderfully well.

  5. […] Learn More Everyday – I like their bottom series of photos of just various roads throughout the western United States. […]

  6. […] and even trying local foods.  But the best travel plans for me mean getting in the car and driving any roads that help me explore Nature in all its […]

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